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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 5,487 96.36% 5,432 95.20%
Spanish 32 0.56% 37 0.65%
Other Indo-European* 48 0.84% 30 0.53%
Asian Language** 29 0.51% 21 0.37%
Other 98 1.72% 186 3.26%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,694 100.00% 5,706 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4 10.81%
Other Indo-European* 3 10.00%
Asian Language** 4 19.05%
Other Language 35 18.82%
Total 46 0.81%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7 21.88%
Other Indo-European* 3 6.25%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 28 28.57%
Total 38 0.67%

* "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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