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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 1,169 80.34% 1,447 86.39%
Spanish 27 1.86% 14 0.84%
Other Indo-European* 13 0.89% 11 0.66%
Asian Language** 3 0.21% 10 0.60%
Other 243 16.70% 193 11.52%
Total Population Age 5+ 1,455 100.00% 1,675 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7 50.00%
Other Indo-European* 3 27.27%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 46 23.83%
Total 56 3.34%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 18 66.67%
Other Indo-European* 5 38.46%
Asian Language** 3 100.00%
Other Language 104 42.80%
Total 130 8.93%

* "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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