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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 16,392 97.11% 16,507 97.14%
Spanish 58 0.34% 54 0.32%
Other Indo-European* 405 2.40% 397 2.34%
Asian Language** 18 0.11% 35 0.21%
Other 7 0.04% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,880 100.00% 16,993 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12 22.22%
Other Indo-European* 15 3.78%
Asian Language** 27 77.14%
Other Language 0 -
Total 54 0.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 23 39.66%
Other Indo-European* 193 47.65%
Asian Language** 7 38.89%
Other Language 0 -
Total 223 1.32%

* "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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