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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 16,323 98.43% 15,272 98.49%
Spanish 164 0.99% 102 0.66%
Other Indo-European* 77 0.46% 102 0.66%
Asian Language** 12 0.07% 16 0.10%
Other 7 0.04% 14 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,583 100.00% 15,506 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 29 28.43%
Other Indo-European* 20 19.61%
Asian Language** 8 50.00%
Other Language 10 71.43%
Total 67 0.43%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 45 27.44%
Other Indo-European* 17 22.08%
Asian Language** 6 50.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 68 0.41%

* "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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