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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 16,134 92.52% 15,413 89.58%
Spanish 1,197 6.86% 1,670 9.71%
Other Indo-European* 85 0.49% 84 0.49%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 21 0.12%
Other 23 0.13% 18 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,439 100.00% 17,206 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 750 44.91%
Other Indo-European* 18 21.43%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 2 11.11%
Total 770 4.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 338 28.24%
Other Indo-European* 16 18.82%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 16 69.57%
Total 370 2.12%

* "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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