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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 14,222 97.94% 15,165 97.29%
Spanish 99 0.68% 211 1.35%
Other Indo-European* 115 0.79% 80 0.51%
Asian Language** 24 0.17% 28 0.18%
Other 61 0.42% 103 0.66%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,521 100.00% 15,587 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 83 39.34%
Other Indo-European* 10 12.50%
Asian Language** 13 46.43%
Other Language 19 18.45%
Total 125 0.80%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 41 41.41%
Other Indo-European* 27 23.48%
Asian Language** 13 54.17%
Other Language 15 24.59%
Total 96 0.66%

* "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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