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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 9,281 96.58% 9,509 97.82%
Spanish 126 1.31% 113 1.16%
Other Indo-European* 160 1.66% 86 0.88%
Asian Language** 41 0.43% 4 0.04%
Other 2 0.02% 9 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,610 100.00% 9,721 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 36 31.86%
Other Indo-European* 18 20.93%
Asian Language** 4 100.00%
Other Language 3 33.33%
Total 61 0.63%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 26 20.63%
Other Indo-European* 35 21.88%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 61 0.63%

* "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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