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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 1,255 88.94% 1,390 89.27%
Spanish 102 7.23% 109 7.00%
Other Indo-European* 29 2.06% 18 1.16%
Asian Language** 4 0.28% 17 1.09%
Other 21 1.49% 23 1.48%
Total Population Age 5+ 1,411 100.00% 1,557 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 63 57.80%
Other Indo-European* 2 11.11%
Asian Language** 6 35.29%
Other Language 8 34.78%
Total 79 5.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 40 39.22%
Other Indo-European* 8 27.59%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 2 9.52%
Total 50 3.54%

* "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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