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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 16,208 97.52% 16,808 97.55%
Spanish 210 1.26% 228 1.32%
Other Indo-European* 177 1.06% 165 0.96%
Asian Language** 25 0.15% 28 0.16%
Other 0 0.00% 2 0.01%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,620 100.00% 17,231 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 68 29.82%
Other Indo-European* 64 38.79%
Asian Language** 6 21.43%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 138 0.80%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 82 39.05%
Other Indo-European* 45 25.42%
Asian Language** 6 24.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 133 0.80%

* "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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