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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 4,509 95.96% 4,509 93.70%
Spanish 15 0.32% 37 0.77%
Other Indo-European* 143 3.04% 141 2.93%
Asian Language** 4 0.09% 41 0.85%
Other 28 0.60% 84 1.75%
Total Population Age 5+ 4,699 100.00% 4,812 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 13 35.14%
Other Indo-European* 14 9.93%
Asian Language** 28 68.29%
Other Language 14 16.67%
Total 69 1.43%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8 53.33%
Other Indo-European* 72 50.35%
Asian Language** 2 50.00%
Other Language 3 10.71%
Total 85 1.81%

* "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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