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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 4,991 88.02% 4,366 81.39%
Spanish 539 9.51% 823 15.34%
Other Indo-European* 71 1.25% 75 1.40%
Asian Language** 14 0.25% 13 0.24%
Other 55 0.97% 87 1.62%
Total Population Age 5+ 5,670 100.00% 5,364 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 396 48.12%
Other Indo-European* 0 0.00%
Asian Language** 7 53.85%
Other Language 26 29.89%
Total 429 8.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 220 40.82%
Other Indo-European* 19 26.76%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 6 10.91%
Total 245 4.32%

* "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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