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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 8,315 91.62% 8,679 91.04%
Spanish 214 2.36% 221 2.32%
Other Indo-European* 139 1.53% 125 1.31%
Asian Language** 161 1.77% 309 3.24%
Other 247 2.72% 199 2.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,076 100.00% 9,533 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 38 17.19%
Other Indo-European* 39 31.20%
Asian Language** 184 59.55%
Other Language 30 15.08%
Total 291 3.05%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 53 24.77%
Other Indo-European* 22 15.83%
Asian Language** 38 23.60%
Other Language 86 34.82%
Total 199 2.19%

* "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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