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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 9,532 97.98% 8,712 96.93%
Spanish 132 1.36% 160 1.78%
Other Indo-European* 29 0.30% 87 0.97%
Asian Language** 30 0.31% 10 0.11%
Other 6 0.06% 19 0.21%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,729 100.00% 8,988 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 25 15.63%
Other Indo-European* 18 20.69%
Asian Language** 10 100.00%
Other Language 11 57.89%
Total 64 0.71%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 69 52.27%
Other Indo-European* 18 62.07%
Asian Language** 5 16.67%
Other Language 0 -
Total 92 0.95%

* "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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