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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 9,147 97.22% 9,367 95.99%
Spanish 99 1.05% 225 2.31%
Other Indo-European* 148 1.57% 159 1.63%
Asian Language** 15 0.16% 7 0.07%
Other 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,409 100.00% 9,758 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 88 39.11%
Other Indo-European* 39 24.53%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 127 1.30%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 41 41.41%
Other Indo-European* 54 36.49%
Asian Language** 12 80.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 107 1.14%

* "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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