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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 8,344 98.55% 8,522 98.11%
Spanish 49 0.58% 80 0.92%
Other Indo-European* 74 0.87% 61 0.70%
Asian Language** 0 0.00% 13 0.15%
Other 0 0.00% 10 0.12%
Total Population Age 5+ 8,467 100.00% 8,686 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 36 45.00%
Other Indo-European* 25 40.98%
Asian Language** 2 15.38%
Other Language 9 90.00%
Total 72 0.83%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 26 53.06%
Other Indo-European* 20 27.03%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 0 -
Total 46 0.54%

* "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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