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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 6,126 93.87% 5,822 95.91%
Spanish 46 0.70% 87 1.43%
Other Indo-European* 354 5.42% 141 2.32%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 10 0.16%
Other 0 0.00% 10 0.16%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,526 100.00% 6,070 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 15 17.24%
Other Indo-European* 28 19.86%
Asian Language** 4 40.00%
Other Language 2 20.00%
Total 49 0.81%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 23 50.00%
Other Indo-European* 72 20.34%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 95 1.46%

* "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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