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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 5,512 96.41% 5,757 83.62%
Spanish 163 2.85% 1,072 15.57%
Other Indo-European* 40 0.70% 22 0.32%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 34 0.49%
Other 2 0.03% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,717 100.00% 6,885 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 892 83.21%
Other Indo-European* 3 13.64%
Asian Language** 19 55.88%
Other Language 0 -
Total 914 13.28%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 83 50.92%
Other Indo-European* 11 27.50%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 2 100.00%
Total 96 1.68%

* "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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