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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 9,692 97.47% 11,024 96.85%
Spanish 35 0.35% 82 0.72%
Other Indo-European* 190 1.91% 199 1.75%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 14 0.12%
Other 27 0.27% 64 0.56%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,944 100.00% 11,383 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 18 21.95%
Other Indo-European* 36 18.09%
Asian Language** 9 64.29%
Other Language 17 26.56%
Total 80 0.70%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 0 -
Other Indo-European* 28 14.74%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 10 37.04%
Total 38 0.38%

* "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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