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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 5,117 91.98% 8,035 89.47%
Spanish 47 0.84% 373 4.15%
Other Indo-European* 399 7.17% 459 5.11%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 82 0.91%
Other 0 0.00% 32 0.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,563 100.00% 8,981 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 201 53.89%
Other Indo-European* 151 32.90%
Asian Language** 34 41.46%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 386 4.30%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 19 40.43%
Other Indo-European* 87 21.80%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 106 1.91%

* "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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