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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 12,825 98.81% 16,314 98.08%
Spanish 46 0.35% 175 1.05%
Other Indo-European* 108 0.83% 106 0.64%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 32 0.19%
Other 0 0.00% 7 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,979 100.00% 16,634 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 73 41.71%
Other Indo-European* 23 21.70%
Asian Language** 24 75.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 120 0.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 10 21.74%
Other Indo-European* 33 30.56%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 43 0.33%

* "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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