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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 6,111 96.21% 5,875 94.24%
Spanish 87 1.37% 90 1.44%
Other Indo-European* 76 1.20% 87 1.40%
Asian Language** 2 0.03% 99 1.59%
Other 76 1.20% 83 1.33%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,352 100.00% 6,234 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 22 24.44%
Other Indo-European* 18 20.69%
Asian Language** 71 71.72%
Other Language 5 6.02%
Total 116 1.86%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11 12.64%
Other Indo-European* 11 14.47%
Asian Language** 2 100.00%
Other Language 6 7.89%
Total 30 0.47%

* "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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