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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 13,658 98.29% 14,075 97.30%
Spanish 140 1.01% 241 1.67%
Other Indo-European* 81 0.58% 118 0.82%
Asian Language** 8 0.06% 0 0.00%
Other 9 0.06% 31 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,896 100.00% 14,465 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 68 28.22%
Other Indo-European* 56 47.46%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 10 32.26%
Total 134 0.93%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 55 39.29%
Other Indo-European* 28 34.57%
Asian Language** 6 75.00%
Other Language 9 100.00%
Total 98 0.71%

* "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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