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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 6,411 98.46% 6,583 96.13%
Spanish 7 0.11% 146 2.13%
Other Indo-European* 87 1.34% 76 1.11%
Asian Language** 6 0.09% 38 0.55%
Other 0 0.00% 5 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,511 100.00% 6,848 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 31 21.23%
Other Indo-European* 35 46.05%
Asian Language** 26 68.42%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 92 1.34%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 5 71.43%
Other Indo-European* 19 21.84%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 24 0.37%

* "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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