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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 11,663 97.31% 11,306 96.23%
Spanish 191 1.59% 358 3.05%
Other Indo-European* 52 0.43% 52 0.44%
Asian Language** 77 0.64% 3 0.03%
Other 2 0.02% 30 0.26%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,985 100.00% 11,749 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 110 30.73%
Other Indo-European* 20 38.46%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 14 46.67%
Total 144 1.23%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 47 24.61%
Other Indo-European* 2 3.85%
Asian Language** 53 68.83%
Other Language 2 100.00%
Total 104 0.87%

* "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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