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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 10,207 96.79% 10,691 96.78%
Spanish 72 0.68% 182 1.65%
Other Indo-European* 241 2.29% 117 1.06%
Asian Language** 7 0.07% 0 0.00%
Other 19 0.18% 57 0.52%
Total Population Age 5+ 10,546 100.00% 11,047 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 67 36.81%
Other Indo-European* 43 36.75%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 5 8.77%
Total 115 1.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 31 43.06%
Other Indo-European* 76 31.54%
Asian Language** 7 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 114 1.08%

* "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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