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St. Martin 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 24,287 60.61% 31,229 69.53%
Spanish 137 0.34% 283 0.63%
Other Indo-European* 15,385 38.40% 13,075 29.11%
Asian Language** 255 0.64% 287 0.64%
Other 6 0.01% 41 0.09%
Total Population Age 5+ 40,070 100.00% 44,915 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 91 32.16%
Other Indo-European* 3,402 26.02%
Asian Language** 213 74.22%
Other Language 14 34.15%
Total 3,720 8.28%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 45 32.85%
Other Indo-European* 4,744 30.84%
Asian Language** 181 70.98%
Other Language 0 -
Total 4,970 12.40%

* "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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