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LANGUAGE

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 7,669 97.63% 7,638 98.05%
Spanish 62 0.79% 94 1.21%
Other Indo-European* 105 1.34% 47 0.60%
Asian Language** 19 0.24% 11 0.14%
Other 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 7,855 100.00% 7,790 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 22 23.40%
Other Indo-European* 17 36.17%
Asian Language** 5 45.45%
Other Language 0 -
Total 44 0.56%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12 19.35%
Other Indo-European* 18 17.14%
Asian Language** 7 36.84%
Other Language 0 -
Total 37 0.47%

* "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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