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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 17,317 97.36% 20,218 97.32%
Spanish 246 1.38% 266 1.28%
Other Indo-European* 182 1.02% 167 0.80%
Asian Language** 20 0.11% 59 0.28%
Other 21 0.12% 64 0.31%
Total Population Age 5+ 17,786 100.00% 20,774 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 123 46.24%
Other Indo-European* 9 5.39%
Asian Language** 16 27.12%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 148 0.71%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 63 25.61%
Other Indo-European* 37 20.33%
Asian Language** 10 50.00%
Other Language 13 61.90%
Total 123 0.69%

* "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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