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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 5,487 94.41% 6,612 96.26%
Spanish 139 2.39% 125 1.82%
Other Indo-European* 113 1.94% 63 0.92%
Asian Language** 19 0.33% 14 0.20%
Other 54 0.93% 55 0.80%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,812 100.00% 6,869 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 28 22.40%
Other Indo-European* 4 6.35%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 5 9.09%
Total 37 0.54%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 14 10.07%
Other Indo-European* 46 40.71%
Asian Language** 19 100.00%
Other Language 14 25.93%
Total 93 1.60%

* "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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