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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 5,414 91.38% 4,469 92.97%
Spanish 227 3.83% 197 4.10%
Other Indo-European* 95 1.60% 42 0.87%
Asian Language** 109 1.84% 10 0.21%
Other 80 1.35% 89 1.85%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,925 100.00% 4,807 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 55 27.92%
Other Indo-European* 0 0.00%
Asian Language** 10 100.00%
Other Language 17 19.10%
Total 82 1.71%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 26 11.45%
Other Indo-European* 21 22.11%
Asian Language** 44 40.37%
Other Language 9 11.25%
Total 100 1.69%

* "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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