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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 17,130 94.40% 20,671 94.09%
Spanish 359 1.98% 735 3.35%
Other Indo-European* 617 3.40% 513 2.34%
Asian Language** 18 0.10% 33 0.15%
Other 22 0.12% 17 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,146 100.00% 21,969 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 355 48.30%
Other Indo-European* 222 43.27%
Asian Language** 13 39.39%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 590 2.69%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 121 33.70%
Other Indo-European* 257 41.65%
Asian Language** 7 38.89%
Other Language 3 13.64%
Total 388 2.14%

* "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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