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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 10,922 91.87% 11,385 87.23%
Spanish 76 0.64% 833 6.38%
Other Indo-European* 821 6.91% 670 5.13%
Asian Language** 62 0.52% 116 0.89%
Other 7 0.06% 47 0.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,888 100.00% 13,051 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 531 63.75%
Other Indo-European* 214 31.94%
Asian Language** 66 56.90%
Other Language 19 40.43%
Total 830 6.36%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 16 21.05%
Other Indo-European* 159 19.37%
Asian Language** 47 75.81%
Other Language 0 -
Total 222 1.87%

* "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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