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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 12,508 97.18% 14,733 96.85%
Spanish 103 0.80% 219 1.44%
Other Indo-European* 235 1.83% 210 1.38%
Asian Language** 9 0.07% 18 0.12%
Other 16 0.12% 32 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,871 100.00% 15,212 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 67 30.59%
Other Indo-European* 43 20.48%
Asian Language** 12 66.67%
Other Language 11 34.38%
Total 133 0.87%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 43 41.75%
Other Indo-European* 72 30.64%
Asian Language** 4 44.44%
Other Language 6 37.50%
Total 125 0.97%

* "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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