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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 11,319 98.35% 12,502 97.13%
Spanish 53 0.46% 156 1.21%
Other Indo-European* 98 0.85% 127 0.99%
Asian Language** 18 0.16% 40 0.31%
Other 21 0.18% 46 0.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,509 100.00% 12,871 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 57 36.54%
Other Indo-European* 40 31.50%
Asian Language** 18 45.00%
Other Language 25 54.35%
Total 140 1.09%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 17 32.08%
Other Indo-European* 34 34.69%
Asian Language** 6 33.33%
Other Language 2 9.52%
Total 59 0.51%

* "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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