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The Census asks questions about language use at home to locate groups of people who speak a language other than English. Their isolation or integration into a primarily English speaking community can be determined by their ability to speak English proficiently.

Language Spoken at Home, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Only English 18,502 98.17% 21,236 97.78%
Spanish 162 0.86% 263 1.21%
Other Indo-European* 133 0.71% 157 0.72%
Asian Language** 29 0.15% 51 0.23%
Other 20 0.11% 12 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,846 100.00% 21,719 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 82 31.18%
Other Indo-European* 59 37.58%
Asian Language** 30 58.82%
Other Language 8 66.67%
Total 179 0.82%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 23 14.20%
Other Indo-European* 30 22.56%
Asian Language** 17 58.62%
Other Language 6 30.00%
Total 76 0.40%

* "Other Indo-European" excludes English and Spanish. "Indo-European" is not synonymous with "European." French, German, Hindi, and Persian are all classified as Indo-European. Hungarian, on the other hand, is lumped into "Other Language."

** "Asian Language" includes languages indigenous to Asia and Pacific islands areas that are not also Indo-European languages. Chinese, Japanese, Telugu, and Hawaiian are all classified here.

Also note that ability to speak English "very well" is based on the self-assessment of those responding to Census questions, not on a test of language ability.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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