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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 6,394 95.58% 7,396 95.80%
Spanish 204 3.05% 232 3.01%
Other Indo-European* 53 0.79% 40 0.52%
Asian Language** 30 0.45% 45 0.58%
Other 9 0.13% 7 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,690 100.00% 7,720 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 63 27.16%
Other Indo-European* 17 42.50%
Asian Language** 31 68.89%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 111 1.44%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 87 42.65%
Other Indo-European* 25 47.17%
Asian Language** 14 46.67%
Other Language 0 -
Total 126 1.88%

* "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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