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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 6,166 94.59% 6,735 94.01%
Spanish 172 2.64% 207 2.89%
Other Indo-European* 38 0.58% 64 0.89%
Asian Language** 34 0.52% 28 0.39%
Other 109 1.67% 130 1.81%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,519 100.00% 7,164 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 72 34.78%
Other Indo-European* 12 18.75%
Asian Language** 12 42.86%
Other Language 15 11.54%
Total 111 1.55%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 63 36.63%
Other Indo-European* 20 52.63%
Asian Language** 15 44.12%
Other Language 60 55.05%
Total 158 2.42%

* "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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