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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 3,816 32.36% 4,950 34.36%
Spanish 62 0.53% 70 0.49%
Other Indo-European* 62 0.53% 83 0.58%
Asian Language** 68 0.58% 168 1.17%
Other 7,783 66.01% 9,134 63.41%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,791 100.00% 14,405 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 32 45.71%
Other Indo-European* 40 48.19%
Asian Language** 116 69.05%
Other Language 4,095 44.83%
Total 4,283 29.73%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 4 6.45%
Other Indo-European* 22 35.48%
Asian Language** 25 36.76%
Other Language 4,096 52.63%
Total 4,147 35.17%

* "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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