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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 6,301 97.78% 8,534 95.92%
Spanish 26 0.40% 201 2.26%
Other Indo-European* 85 1.32% 128 1.44%
Asian Language** 15 0.23% 32 0.36%
Other 17 0.26% 2 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,444 100.00% 8,897 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 106 52.74%
Other Indo-European* 17 13.28%
Asian Language** 17 53.13%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 140 1.57%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11 42.31%
Other Indo-European* 2 2.35%
Asian Language** 6 40.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 19 0.29%

* "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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