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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 2,215 43.02% 3,347 50.11%
Spanish 46 0.89% 58 0.87%
Other Indo-European* 37 0.72% 39 0.58%
Asian Language** 168 3.26% 375 5.61%
Other 2,683 52.11% 2,860 42.82%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,149 100.00% 6,679 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 15 25.86%
Other Indo-European* 10 25.64%
Asian Language** 141 37.60%
Other Language 791 27.66%
Total 957 14.33%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 15 32.61%
Other Indo-European* 9 24.32%
Asian Language** 65 38.69%
Other Language 638 23.78%
Total 727 14.12%

* "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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