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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 5,056 97.08% 4,349 96.47%
Spanish 51 0.98% 111 2.46%
Other Indo-European* 39 0.75% 7 0.16%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 3 0.07%
Other 62 1.19% 38 0.84%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,208 100.00% 4,508 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 58 52.25%
Other Indo-European* 3 42.86%
Asian Language** 3 100.00%
Other Language 9 23.68%
Total 73 1.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 14 27.45%
Other Indo-European* 13 33.33%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 12 19.35%
Total 39 0.75%

* "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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