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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 16,883 97.63% 15,704 97.00%
Spanish 154 0.89% 262 1.62%
Other Indo-European* 248 1.43% 186 1.15%
Asian Language** 8 0.05% 31 0.19%
Other 0 0.00% 6 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,293 100.00% 16,189 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 60 22.90%
Other Indo-European* 30 16.13%
Asian Language** 2 6.45%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 92 0.57%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 43 27.92%
Other Indo-European* 69 27.82%
Asian Language** 8 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 120 0.69%

* "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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