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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 13,586 97.24% 15,536 95.29%
Spanish 169 1.21% 474 2.91%
Other Indo-European* 176 1.26% 211 1.29%
Asian Language** 40 0.29% 79 0.48%
Other 0 0.00% 4 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 13,971 100.00% 16,304 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 332 70.04%
Other Indo-European* 40 18.96%
Asian Language** 43 54.43%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 415 2.55%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 96 56.80%
Other Indo-European* 68 38.64%
Asian Language** 20 50.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 184 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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