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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 9,237 97.95% 9,317 98.24%
Spanish 58 0.62% 125 1.32%
Other Indo-European* 130 1.38% 25 0.26%
Asian Language** 5 0.05% 4 0.04%
Other 0 0.00% 13 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,430 100.00% 9,484 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 58 46.40%
Other Indo-European* 3 12.00%
Asian Language** 1 25.00%
Other Language 3 23.08%
Total 65 0.69%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 21 36.21%
Other Indo-European* 20 15.38%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 41 0.43%

* "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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