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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 12,518 95.64% 17,471 93.90%
Spanish 217 1.66% 523 2.81%
Other Indo-European* 321 2.45% 496 2.67%
Asian Language** 25 0.19% 115 0.62%
Other 8 0.06% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,089 100.00% 18,605 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 233 44.55%
Other Indo-European* 110 22.18%
Asian Language** 50 43.48%
Other Language 0 -
Total 393 2.11%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 83 38.25%
Other Indo-European* 109 33.96%
Asian Language** 16 64.00%
Other Language 2 25.00%
Total 210 1.60%

* "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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