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LANGUAGE

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 9,477 92.03% 8,926 93.33%
Spanish 95 0.92% 263 2.75%
Other Indo-European* 702 6.82% 352 3.68%
Asian Language** 4 0.04% 21 0.22%
Other 20 0.19% 2 0.02%
Total Population Age 5+ 10,298 100.00% 9,564 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 96 36.50%
Other Indo-European* 109 30.97%
Asian Language** 14 66.67%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 219 2.29%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 46 48.42%
Other Indo-European* 216 30.77%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 3 15.00%
Total 265 2.57%

* "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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