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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 11,399 91.44% 11,997 95.46%
Spanish 49 0.39% 132 1.05%
Other Indo-European* 632 5.07% 288 2.29%
Asian Language** 6 0.05% 15 0.12%
Other 380 3.05% 136 1.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,466 100.00% 12,568 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 30 22.73%
Other Indo-European* 50 17.36%
Asian Language** 6 40.00%
Other Language 18 13.24%
Total 104 0.83%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7 14.29%
Other Indo-European* 124 19.62%
Asian Language** 3 50.00%
Other Language 60 15.79%
Total 194 1.56%

* "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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