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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 4,402 61.05% 5,974 71.16%
Spanish 130 1.80% 44 0.52%
Other Indo-European* 47 0.65% 63 0.75%
Asian Language** 14 0.19% 46 0.55%
Other 2,618 36.31% 2,268 27.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 7,211 100.00% 8,395 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 16 36.36%
Other Indo-European* 15 23.81%
Asian Language** 24 52.17%
Other Language 459 20.24%
Total 514 6.12%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12 9.23%
Other Indo-European* 8 17.02%
Asian Language** 12 85.71%
Other Language 649 24.79%
Total 681 9.44%

* "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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