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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 7,621 97.37% 10,385 97.56%
Spanish 103 1.32% 150 1.41%
Other Indo-European* 93 1.19% 51 0.48%
Asian Language** 8 0.10% 51 0.48%
Other 2 0.03% 8 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 7,827 100.00% 10,645 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 96 64.00%
Other Indo-European* 15 29.41%
Asian Language** 16 31.37%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 127 1.19%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 32 31.07%
Other Indo-European* 34 36.56%
Asian Language** 8 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 74 0.95%

* "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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