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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 8,905 97.48% 12,715 91.98%
Spanish 114 1.25% 795 5.75%
Other Indo-European* 82 0.90% 174 1.26%
Asian Language** 2 0.02% 87 0.63%
Other 32 0.35% 53 0.38%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,135 100.00% 13,824 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 441 55.47%
Other Indo-European* 15 8.62%
Asian Language** 9 10.34%
Other Language 6 11.32%
Total 471 3.41%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 43 37.72%
Other Indo-European* 18 21.95%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 9 28.13%
Total 70 0.77%

* "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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