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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 6,088 95.95% 5,595 95.90%
Spanish 64 1.01% 85 1.46%
Other Indo-European* 74 1.17% 43 0.74%
Asian Language** 6 0.09% 8 0.14%
Other 113 1.78% 103 1.77%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,345 100.00% 5,834 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 33 38.82%
Other Indo-European* 7 16.28%
Asian Language** 8 100.00%
Other Language 10 9.71%
Total 58 0.99%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 10 15.63%
Other Indo-European* 33 44.59%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 15 13.27%
Total 58 0.91%

* "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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