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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 14,648 96.84% 15,112 95.59%
Spanish 59 0.39% 144 0.91%
Other Indo-European* 286 1.89% 334 2.11%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 38 0.24%
Other 133 0.88% 181 1.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 15,126 100.00% 15,809 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 34 23.61%
Other Indo-European* 52 15.57%
Asian Language** 20 52.63%
Other Language 30 16.57%
Total 136 0.86%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8 13.56%
Other Indo-European* 39 13.64%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 21 15.79%
Total 68 0.45%

* "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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