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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 4,937 92.14% 4,726 95.22%
Spanish 75 1.40% 62 1.25%
Other Indo-European* 342 6.38% 161 3.24%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 12 0.24%
Other 4 0.07% 2 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,358 100.00% 4,963 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 26 41.94%
Other Indo-European* 32 19.88%
Asian Language** 5 41.67%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 63 1.27%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 18 24.00%
Other Indo-European* 73 21.35%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 2 50.00%
Total 93 1.74%

* "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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