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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 5,493 97.57% 6,285 96.34%
Spanish 50 0.89% 149 2.28%
Other Indo-European* 87 1.55% 82 1.26%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 2 0.03%
Other 0 0.00% 6 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,630 100.00% 6,524 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 60 40.27%
Other Indo-European* 16 19.51%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 76 1.16%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 9 18.00%
Other Indo-European* 5 5.75%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 14 0.25%

* "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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