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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 9,245 98.18% 13,713 97.06%
Spanish 43 0.46% 228 1.61%
Other Indo-European* 119 1.26% 126 0.89%
Asian Language** 9 0.10% 57 0.40%
Other 0 0.00% 5 0.04%
Total Population Age 5+ 9,416 100.00% 14,129 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 25 10.96%
Other Indo-European* 23 18.25%
Asian Language** 34 59.65%
Other Language 5 100.00%
Total 87 0.62%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 7 16.28%
Other Indo-European* 26 21.85%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 33 0.35%

* "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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