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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 6,406 98.31% 5,924 95.86%
Spanish 48 0.74% 194 3.14%
Other Indo-European* 49 0.75% 47 0.76%
Asian Language** 13 0.20% 4 0.06%
Other 0 0.00% 11 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,516 100.00% 6,180 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 94 48.45%
Other Indo-European* 9 19.15%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 103 1.67%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7 14.58%
Other Indo-European* 5 10.20%
Asian Language** 6 46.15%
Other Language 0 -
Total 18 0.28%

* "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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