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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 17,847 97.97% 18,634 96.38%
Spanish 169 0.93% 406 2.10%
Other Indo-European* 174 0.96% 238 1.23%
Asian Language** 27 0.15% 26 0.13%
Other 0 0.00% 29 0.15%
Total Population Age 5+ 18,217 100.00% 19,333 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 174 42.86%
Other Indo-European* 53 22.27%
Asian Language** 13 50.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 240 1.24%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 68 40.24%
Other Indo-European* 40 22.99%
Asian Language** 15 55.56%
Other Language 0 -
Total 123 0.68%

* "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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