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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 5,674 50.64% 6,871 52.81%
Spanish 318 2.84% 319 2.45%
Other Indo-European* 33 0.29% 54 0.42%
Asian Language** 8 0.07% 13 0.10%
Other 5,171 46.15% 5,753 44.22%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,204 100.00% 13,010 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 118 36.99%
Other Indo-European* 7 12.96%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 2,276 39.56%
Total 2,401 18.46%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 103 32.39%
Other Indo-European* 3 9.09%
Asian Language** 2 25.00%
Other Language 2,652 51.29%
Total 2,760 24.63%

* "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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