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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 14,068 97.22% 12,512 95.18%
Spanish 248 1.71% 384 2.92%
Other Indo-European* 155 1.07% 132 1.00%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 79 0.60%
Other 0 0.00% 38 0.29%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,471 100.00% 13,145 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 203 52.86%
Other Indo-European* 19 14.39%
Asian Language** 46 58.23%
Other Language 15 39.47%
Total 283 2.15%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 162 65.32%
Other Indo-European* 22 14.19%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 184 1.27%

* "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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