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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 17,604 97.42% 17,693 96.24%
Spanish 312 1.73% 570 3.10%
Other Indo-European* 141 0.78% 88 0.48%
Asian Language** 13 0.07% 16 0.09%
Other 0 0.00% 17 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,070 100.00% 18,384 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 215 37.72%
Other Indo-European* 0 0.00%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 215 1.17%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 194 62.18%
Other Indo-European* 29 20.57%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 223 1.23%

* "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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