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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 5,160 95.20% 5,300 93.99%
Spanish 68 1.25% 167 2.96%
Other Indo-European* 144 2.66% 92 1.63%
Asian Language** 9 0.17% 2 0.04%
Other 39 0.72% 78 1.38%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,420 100.00% 5,639 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 62 37.13%
Other Indo-European* 30 32.61%
Asian Language** 2 100.00%
Other Language 17 21.79%
Total 111 1.97%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 12 17.65%
Other Indo-European* 54 37.50%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 66 1.22%

* "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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