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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 4,707 94.84% 4,476 97.90%
Spanish 23 0.46% 27 0.59%
Other Indo-European* 130 2.62% 30 0.66%
Asian Language** 3 0.06% 10 0.22%
Other 100 2.01% 29 0.63%
Total Population Age 5+ 4,963 100.00% 4,572 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 9 33.33%
Other Indo-European* 4 13.33%
Asian Language** 5 50.00%
Other Language 6 20.69%
Total 24 0.52%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 0 -
Other Indo-European* 2 1.54%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 7 7.00%
Total 9 0.18%

* "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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