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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 17,002 96.16% 16,439 95.22%
Spanish 444 2.51% 713 4.13%
Other Indo-European* 164 0.93% 62 0.36%
Asian Language** 49 0.28% 36 0.21%
Other 22 0.12% 15 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,681 100.00% 17,265 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 287 40.25%
Other Indo-European* 21 33.87%
Asian Language** 17 47.22%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 325 1.88%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 173 38.96%
Other Indo-European* 36 21.95%
Asian Language** 23 46.94%
Other Language 5 22.73%
Total 237 1.34%

* "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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