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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 11,315 96.50% 10,840 95.33%
Spanish 158 1.35% 392 3.45%
Other Indo-European* 237 2.02% 105 0.92%
Asian Language** 15 0.13% 11 0.10%
Other 0 0.00% 23 0.20%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,725 100.00% 11,371 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 172 43.88%
Other Indo-European* 6 5.71%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 12 52.17%
Total 190 1.67%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 79 50.00%
Other Indo-European* 96 40.51%
Asian Language** 13 86.67%
Other Language 0 -
Total 188 1.60%

* "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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