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Allen 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 16,509 84.09% 20,861 87.72%
Spanish 726 3.70% 1,106 4.65%
Other Indo-European* 2,113 10.76% 1,535 6.45%
Asian Language** 15 0.08% 47 0.20%
Other 270 1.38% 233 0.98%
Total Population Age 5+ 19,633 100.00% 23,782 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 312 28.21%
Other Indo-European* 270 17.59%
Asian Language** 20 42.55%
Other Language 70 30.04%
Total 672 2.83%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 479 65.98%
Other Indo-European* 536 25.37%
Asian Language** 0 -
Other Language 19 7.04%
Total 1,034 5.27%

* "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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