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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 10,798 95.31% 10,547 95.12%
Spanish 104 0.92% 295 2.66%
Other Indo-European* 361 3.19% 229 2.07%
Asian Language** 53 0.47% 11 0.10%
Other 13 0.11% 6 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,329 100.00% 11,088 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 115 38.98%
Other Indo-European* 107 46.72%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 222 2.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 44 42.31%
Other Indo-European* 132 36.57%
Asian Language** 29 54.72%
Other Language 13 100.00%
Total 218 1.92%

* "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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