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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 8,402 93.00% 7,928 88.68%
Spanish 425 4.70% 765 8.56%
Other Indo-European* 121 1.34% 120 1.34%
Asian Language** 21 0.23% 32 0.36%
Other 65 0.72% 95 1.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,034 100.00% 8,940 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 370 48.37%
Other Indo-European* 2 1.67%
Asian Language** 5 15.63%
Other Language 16 16.84%
Total 393 4.40%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 187 44.00%
Other Indo-European* 28 23.14%
Asian Language** 5 23.81%
Other Language 12 18.46%
Total 232 2.57%

* "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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