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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 13,933 93.99% 16,891 95.21%
Spanish 264 1.78% 309 1.74%
Other Indo-European* 477 3.22% 455 2.56%
Asian Language** 48 0.32% 44 0.25%
Other 102 0.69% 41 0.23%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,824 100.00% 17,740 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 108 34.95%
Other Indo-European* 150 32.97%
Asian Language** 10 22.73%
Other Language 7 17.07%
Total 275 1.55%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 126 47.73%
Other Indo-European* 161 33.75%
Asian Language** 25 52.08%
Other Language 44 43.14%
Total 356 2.40%

* "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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