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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 15,824 97.95% 16,905 96.78%
Spanish 204 1.26% 433 2.48%
Other Indo-European* 122 0.76% 52 0.30%
Asian Language** 6 0.04% 35 0.20%
Other 0 0.00% 42 0.24%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,156 100.00% 17,467 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 205 47.34%
Other Indo-European* 22 42.31%
Asian Language** 14 40.00%
Other Language 12 28.57%
Total 253 1.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 107 52.45%
Other Indo-European* 25 20.49%
Asian Language** 6 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 138 0.85%

* "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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