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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 8,525 97.15% 8,872 96.49%
Spanish 135 1.54% 237 2.58%
Other Indo-European* 106 1.21% 56 0.61%
Asian Language** 4 0.05% 18 0.20%
Other 5 0.06% 12 0.13%
Total Population Age 5+ 8,775 100.00% 9,195 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 67 28.27%
Other Indo-European* 10 17.86%
Asian Language** 5 27.78%
Other Language 7 58.33%
Total 89 0.97%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 38 28.15%
Other Indo-European* 8 7.55%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 46 0.52%

* "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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