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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 15,847 96.62% 17,829 94.80%
Spanish 292 1.78% 517 2.75%
Other Indo-European* 231 1.41% 314 1.67%
Asian Language** 22 0.13% 126 0.67%
Other 9 0.05% 21 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,401 100.00% 18,807 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 185 35.78%
Other Indo-European* 113 35.99%
Asian Language** 46 36.51%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 344 1.83%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 53 18.15%
Other Indo-European* 44 19.05%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 97 0.59%

* "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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