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Acadia Parish

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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 36,923 72.19% 43,412 80.02%
Spanish 195 0.38% 242 0.45%
Other Indo-European* 13,915 27.21% 10,421 19.21%
Asian Language** 70 0.14% 145 0.27%
Other 45 0.09% 30 0.06%
Total Population Age 5+ 51,148 100.00% 54,250 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 68 28.10%
Other Indo-European* 2,064 19.81%
Asian Language** 62 42.76%
Other Language 13 43.33%
Total 2,207 4.07%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 25 12.82%
Other Indo-European* 4,373 31.43%
Asian Language** 39 55.71%
Other Language 40 88.89%
Total 4,477 8.75%

* "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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