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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 5,689 97.35% 5,289 95.28%
Spanish 7 0.12% 49 0.88%
Other Indo-European* 139 2.38% 199 3.58%
Asian Language** 9 0.15% 8 0.14%
Other 0 0.00% 6 0.11%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,844 100.00% 5,551 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 19 38.78%
Other Indo-European* 112 56.28%
Asian Language** 4 50.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 135 2.43%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 0 -
Other Indo-European* 23 16.55%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 23 0.39%

* "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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