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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 16,507 94.94% 17,778 95.80%
Spanish 99 0.57% 212 1.14%
Other Indo-European* 762 4.38% 522 2.81%
Asian Language** 11 0.06% 31 0.17%
Other 8 0.05% 15 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,387 100.00% 18,558 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 87 41.04%
Other Indo-European* 196 37.55%
Asian Language** 21 67.74%
Other Language 9 60.00%
Total 313 1.69%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 51 51.52%
Other Indo-European* 290 38.06%
Asian Language** 4 36.36%
Other Language 0 -
Total 345 1.98%

* "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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