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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 10,532 96.29% 10,497 95.38%
Spanish 141 1.29% 167 1.52%
Other Indo-European* 243 2.22% 251 2.28%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 29 0.26%
Other 22 0.20% 61 0.55%
Total Population Age 5+ 10,938 100.00% 11,005 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 46 27.54%
Other Indo-European* 28 11.16%
Asian Language** 15 51.72%
Other Language 43 70.49%
Total 132 1.20%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 79 56.03%
Other Indo-European* 94 38.68%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 173 1.58%

* "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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