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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 7,695 96.51% 7,950 95.06%
Spanish 163 2.04% 264 3.16%
Other Indo-European* 78 0.98% 98 1.17%
Asian Language** 16 0.20% 36 0.43%
Other 21 0.26% 15 0.18%
Total Population Age 5+ 7,973 100.00% 8,363 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 69 26.14%
Other Indo-European* 31 31.63%
Asian Language** 31 86.11%
Other Language 11 73.33%
Total 142 1.70%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 58 35.58%
Other Indo-European* 30 38.46%
Asian Language** 5 31.25%
Other Language 15 71.43%
Total 108 1.35%

* "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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