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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 9,096 96.11% 11,242 95.86%
Spanish 133 1.41% 215 1.83%
Other Indo-European* 202 2.13% 145 1.24%
Asian Language** 33 0.35% 114 0.97%
Other 0 0.00% 11 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,464 100.00% 11,727 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 114 53.02%
Other Indo-European* 51 35.17%
Asian Language** 26 22.81%
Other Language 8 72.73%
Total 199 1.70%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 63 47.37%
Other Indo-European* 87 43.07%
Asian Language** 11 33.33%
Other Language 0 -
Total 161 1.70%

* "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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