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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 15,592 97.82% 15,344 96.69%
Spanish 63 0.40% 225 1.42%
Other Indo-European* 276 1.73% 263 1.66%
Asian Language** 6 0.04% 34 0.21%
Other 2 0.01% 3 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,939 100.00% 15,869 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 99 44.00%
Other Indo-European* 80 30.42%
Asian Language** 34 100.00%
Other Language 3 100.00%
Total 216 1.36%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 28 44.44%
Other Indo-European* 101 36.59%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 129 0.81%

* "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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