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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 9,604 97.43% 9,623 95.13%
Spanish 122 1.24% 412 4.07%
Other Indo-European* 119 1.21% 42 0.42%
Asian Language** 6 0.06% 34 0.34%
Other 6 0.06% 5 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,857 100.00% 10,116 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 196 47.57%
Other Indo-European* 21 50.00%
Asian Language** 17 50.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 234 2.31%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 82 67.21%
Other Indo-European* 24 20.17%
Asian Language** 6 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 112 1.14%

* "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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