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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 15,737 94.43% 19,154 95.01%
Spanish 98 0.59% 257 1.27%
Other Indo-European* 666 4.00% 465 2.31%
Asian Language** 18 0.11% 146 0.72%
Other 147 0.88% 137 0.68%
Total Population Age 5+ 16,666 100.00% 20,159 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 51 19.84%
Other Indo-European* 93 20.00%
Asian Language** 53 36.30%
Other Language 35 25.55%
Total 232 1.15%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 25 25.51%
Other Indo-European* 117 17.57%
Asian Language** 5 27.78%
Other Language 9 6.12%
Total 156 0.94%

* "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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