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Beauregard 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 26,206 94.45% 29,316 95.40%
Spanish 359 1.29% 394 1.28%
Other Indo-European* 1,092 3.94% 748 2.43%
Asian Language** 53 0.19% 252 0.82%
Other 37 0.13% 21 0.07%
Total Population Age 5+ 27,747 100.00% 30,731 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 93 23.60%
Other Indo-European* 140 18.72%
Asian Language** 84 33.33%
Other Language 0 0.00%
Total 317 1.03%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 102 28.41%
Other Indo-European* 249 22.80%
Asian Language** 23 43.40%
Other Language 18 48.65%
Total 392 1.41%

* "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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