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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 5,594 96.82% 6,102 97.09%
Spanish 24 0.42% 61 0.97%
Other Indo-European* 146 2.53% 116 1.85%
Asian Language** 7 0.12% 1 0.02%
Other 7 0.12% 5 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,778 100.00% 6,285 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 17 27.87%
Other Indo-European* 37 31.90%
Asian Language** 1 100.00%
Other Language 5 100.00%
Total 60 0.95%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11 45.83%
Other Indo-European* 8 5.48%
Asian Language** 2 28.57%
Other Language 3 42.86%
Total 24 0.42%

* "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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