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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 12,094 97.78% 12,508 97.93%
Spanish 92 0.74% 169 1.32%
Other Indo-European* 166 1.34% 71 0.56%
Asian Language** 17 0.14% 24 0.19%
Other 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 12,369 100.00% 12,772 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 39 23.08%
Other Indo-European* 10 14.08%
Asian Language** 9 37.50%
Other Language 0 -
Total 58 0.45%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 41 44.57%
Other Indo-European* 49 29.52%
Asian Language** 10 58.82%
Other Language 0 -
Total 100 0.81%

* "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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