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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 3,886 68.90% 6,147 81.83%
Spanish 1,533 27.18% 1,276 16.99%
Other Indo-European* 189 3.35% 79 1.05%
Asian Language** 9 0.16% 6 0.08%
Other 23 0.41% 4 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,640 100.00% 7,512 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 262 20.53%
Other Indo-European* 13 16.46%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 275 3.66%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 191 12.46%
Other Indo-European* 16 8.47%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 3 13.04%
Total 210 3.72%

* "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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