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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 8,512 97.34% 8,474 95.97%
Spanish 148 1.69% 259 2.93%
Other Indo-European* 78 0.89% 75 0.85%
Asian Language** 7 0.08% 19 0.22%
Other 0 0.00% 3 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 8,745 100.00% 8,830 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 62 23.94%
Other Indo-European* 9 12.00%
Asian Language** 11 57.89%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 82 0.93%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 76 51.35%
Other Indo-European* 13 16.67%
Asian Language** 2 28.57%
Other Language 0 -
Total 91 1.04%

* "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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