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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 4,666 95.26% 6,144 94.31%
Spanish 17 0.35% 39 0.60%
Other Indo-European* 215 4.39% 309 4.74%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 14 0.21%
Other 0 0.00% 9 0.14%
Total Population Age 5+ 4,898 100.00% 6,515 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 8 20.51%
Other Indo-European* 86 27.83%
Asian Language** 5 35.71%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 99 1.52%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 3 17.65%
Other Indo-European* 42 19.53%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 45 0.92%

* "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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