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LANGUAGE

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 9,019 93.94% 12,428 93.40%
Spanish 301 3.14% 558 4.19%
Other Indo-European* 216 2.25% 307 2.31%
Asian Language** 54 0.56% 13 0.10%
Other 11 0.11% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,601 100.00% 13,306 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 246 44.09%
Other Indo-European* 113 36.81%
Asian Language** 2 15.38%
Other Language 0 -
Total 361 2.71%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 86 28.57%
Other Indo-European* 56 25.93%
Asian Language** 42 77.78%
Other Language 0 -
Total 184 1.92%

* "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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