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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 13,713 97.12% 17,693 92.31%
Spanish 160 1.13% 1,200 6.26%
Other Indo-European* 198 1.40% 201 1.05%
Asian Language** 48 0.34% 26 0.14%
Other 0 0.00% 47 0.25%
Total Population Age 5+ 14,119 100.00% 19,167 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 730 60.83%
Other Indo-European* 39 19.40%
Asian Language** 23 88.46%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 792 4.13%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 51 31.88%
Other Indo-European* 41 20.71%
Asian Language** 34 70.83%
Other Language 0 -
Total 126 0.89%

* "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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