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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 10,627 97.86% 9,881 94.66%
Spanish 58 0.53% 480 4.60%
Other Indo-European* 149 1.37% 60 0.57%
Asian Language** 23 0.21% 10 0.10%
Other 2 0.02% 7 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 10,859 100.00% 10,438 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 218 45.42%
Other Indo-European* 19 31.67%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 7 100.00%
Total 244 2.34%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 11 18.97%
Other Indo-European* 18 12.08%
Asian Language** 7 30.43%
Other Language 0 -
Total 36 0.33%

* "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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