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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 5,231 94.03% 8,326 90.63%
Spanish 144 2.59% 699 7.61%
Other Indo-European* 142 2.55% 111 1.21%
Asian Language** 46 0.83% 49 0.53%
Other 0 0.00% 2 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,563 100.00% 9,187 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 415 59.37%
Other Indo-European* 54 48.65%
Asian Language** 11 22.45%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 480 5.22%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 33 22.92%
Other Indo-European* 50 35.21%
Asian Language** 11 23.91%
Other Language 0 -
Total 94 1.69%

* "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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