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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 7,137 82.17% 3,180 60.92%
Spanish 440 5.07% 570 10.92%
Other Indo-European* 146 1.68% 62 1.19%
Asian Language** 739 8.51% 1,043 19.98%
Other 224 2.58% 365 6.99%
Total Population Age 5+ 8,686 100.00% 5,220 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 265 46.49%
Other Indo-European* 37 59.68%
Asian Language** 774 74.21%
Other Language 95 26.03%
Total 1,171 22.43%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 251 57.05%
Other Indo-European* 39 26.71%
Asian Language** 443 59.95%
Other Language 67 29.91%
Total 800 9.21%

* "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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