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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 14,572 96.94% 17,180 97.90%
Spanish 197 1.31% 254 1.45%
Other Indo-European* 214 1.42% 81 0.46%
Asian Language** 28 0.19% 14 0.08%
Other 21 0.14% 20 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,032 100.00% 17,549 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 71 27.95%
Other Indo-European* 2 2.47%
Asian Language** 7 50.00%
Other Language 5 25.00%
Total 85 0.48%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 85 43.15%
Other Indo-European* 81 37.85%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 166 1.10%

* "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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