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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 7,929 92.37% 7,791 90.27%
Spanish 341 3.97% 494 5.72%
Other Indo-European* 254 2.96% 264 3.06%
Asian Language** 16 0.19% 59 0.68%
Other 44 0.51% 23 0.27%
Total Population Age 5+ 8,584 100.00% 8,631 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 143 28.95%
Other Indo-European* 53 20.08%
Asian Language** 33 55.93%
Other Language 6 26.09%
Total 235 2.72%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 95 27.86%
Other Indo-European* 65 25.59%
Asian Language** 10 62.50%
Other Language 0 -
Total 170 1.98%

* "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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