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Lafourche 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 57,703 73.15% 65,775 78.53%
Spanish 535 0.68% 1,263 1.51%
Other Indo-European* 20,252 25.67% 16,347 19.52%
Asian Language** 395 0.50% 346 0.41%
Other 0 0.00% 23 0.03%
Total Population Age 5+ 78,885 100.00% 83,754 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 545 43.15%
Other Indo-European* 4,008 24.52%
Asian Language** 202 58.38%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 4,755 5.68%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 191 35.70%
Other Indo-European* 6,047 29.86%
Asian Language** 223 56.46%
Other Language 0 -
Total 6,461 8.19%

* "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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