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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 15,003 98.01% 16,571 97.05%
Spanish 117 0.76% 344 2.01%
Other Indo-European* 155 1.01% 136 0.80%
Asian Language** 30 0.20% 10 0.06%
Other 3 0.02% 13 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,308 100.00% 17,074 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 187 54.36%
Other Indo-European* 27 19.85%
Asian Language** 5 50.00%
Other Language 7 53.85%
Total 226 1.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 76 64.96%
Other Indo-European* 29 18.71%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 3 100.00%
Total 108 0.71%

* "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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