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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 10,986 98.00% 13,214 97.53%
Spanish 71 0.63% 145 1.07%
Other Indo-European* 117 1.04% 145 1.07%
Asian Language** 23 0.21% 35 0.26%
Other 13 0.12% 9 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,210 100.00% 13,548 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 63 43.45%
Other Indo-European* 33 22.76%
Asian Language** 14 40.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 110 0.81%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 34 47.89%
Other Indo-European* 31 26.50%
Asian Language** 8 34.78%
Other Language 4 30.77%
Total 77 0.69%

* "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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