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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 8,624 94.41% 8,839 94.41%
Spanish 86 0.94% 70 0.75%
Other Indo-European* 419 4.59% 416 4.44%
Asian Language** 1 0.01% 32 0.34%
Other 5 0.05% 5 0.05%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,135 100.00% 9,362 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 26 37.14%
Other Indo-European* 156 37.50%
Asian Language** 4 12.50%
Other Language 5 100.00%
Total 191 2.04%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8 9.30%
Other Indo-European* 99 23.63%
Asian Language** 1 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 108 1.18%

* "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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