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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 10,822 98.20% 10,962 92.47%
Spanish 134 1.22% 794 6.70%
Other Indo-European* 46 0.42% 80 0.67%
Asian Language** 9 0.08% 7 0.06%
Other 9 0.08% 12 0.10%
Total Population Age 5+ 11,020 100.00% 11,855 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 476 59.95%
Other Indo-European* 2 2.50%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 6 50.00%
Total 484 4.08%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 97 72.39%
Other Indo-European* 0 -
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 9 100.00%
Total 106 0.96%

* "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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