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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 4,659 87.71% 4,800 83.64%
Spanish 152 2.86% 141 2.46%
Other Indo-European* 142 2.67% 483 8.42%
Asian Language** 58 1.09% 28 0.49%
Other 301 5.67% 287 5.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,312 100.00% 5,739 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 27 19.15%
Other Indo-European* 315 65.22%
Asian Language** 11 39.29%
Other Language 79 27.53%
Total 432 7.53%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 17 11.18%
Other Indo-European* 15 10.56%
Asian Language** 13 22.41%
Other Language 129 42.86%
Total 174 3.28%

* "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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