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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 1,369 97.93% 1,269 97.17%
Spanish 10 0.72% 11 0.84%
Other Indo-European* 16 1.14% 21 1.61%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 5 0.38%
Other 3 0.21% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 1,398 100.00% 1,306 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3 27.27%
Other Indo-European* 9 42.86%
Asian Language** 2 40.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 14 1.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 2 20.00%
Other Indo-European* 2 12.50%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 4 0.29%

* "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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