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LANGUAGE

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 8,003 95.01% 8,938 94.77%
Spanish 6 0.07% 159 1.69%
Other Indo-European* 106 1.26% 110 1.17%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 10 0.11%
Other 308 3.66% 214 2.27%
Total Population Age 5+ 8,423 100.00% 9,431 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 62 38.99%
Other Indo-European* 23 20.91%
Asian Language** 2 20.00%
Other Language 43 20.09%
Total 130 1.38%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 0 -
Other Indo-European* 43 40.57%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 64 20.78%
Total 107 1.27%

* "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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