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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 6,474 98.31% 5,723 96.98%
Spanish 70 1.06% 110 1.86%
Other Indo-European* 30 0.46% 36 0.61%
Asian Language** 11 0.17% 25 0.42%
Other 0 0.00% 7 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 6,585 100.00% 5,901 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 41 37.27%
Other Indo-European* 12 33.33%
Asian Language** 25 100.00%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 78 1.32%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 45 64.29%
Other Indo-European* 5 16.67%
Asian Language** 11 100.00%
Other Language 0 -
Total 61 0.93%

* "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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