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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 10,247 93.11% 10,469 95.41%
Spanish 54 0.49% 110 1.00%
Other Indo-European* 673 6.12% 371 3.38%
Asian Language** 31 0.28% 11 0.10%
Other 0 0.00% 12 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,005 100.00% 10,973 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 35 31.82%
Other Indo-European* 68 18.33%
Asian Language** 2 18.18%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 105 0.96%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 14 25.93%
Other Indo-European* 192 28.53%
Asian Language** 8 25.81%
Other Language 0 -
Total 214 1.94%

* "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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