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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 9,043 95.62% 12,878 95.12%
Spanish 145 1.53% 296 2.19%
Other Indo-European* 201 2.13% 267 1.97%
Asian Language** 48 0.51% 68 0.50%
Other 20 0.21% 30 0.22%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,457 100.00% 13,539 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 99 33.45%
Other Indo-European* 59 22.10%
Asian Language** 31 45.59%
Other Language 19 63.33%
Total 208 1.54%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 26 17.93%
Other Indo-European* 23 11.44%
Asian Language** 18 37.50%
Other Language 10 50.00%
Total 77 0.81%

* "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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