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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 12,351 97.66% 12,342 92.66%
Spanish 77 0.61% 630 4.73%
Other Indo-European* 215 1.70% 290 2.18%
Asian Language** 2 0.02% 46 0.35%
Other 2 0.02% 11 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,647 100.00% 13,319 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 457 72.54%
Other Indo-European* 62 21.38%
Asian Language** 27 58.70%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 546 4.10%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 25 32.47%
Other Indo-European* 78 36.28%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 103 0.81%

* "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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