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Date: Monday, March 13, 2000 
Question/Topic: I was hoping you may be able to give me the percentages of Bilingual people in the world/USA/and Florida, so that i can compare the data. If not, could you please direct me to a source where i may find these percentages of Bilingual people. 
Answer/Pointer: One possible source of data you could use is the category "Language spoken at home and ability to speak English" in the 1990 Census. This would cover only the U.S. and Florida. The library at UF has these in paper and probably also on CD-ROM if you want to look at the data that way. You can also access the info on the Internet at Select STF3A (to view data for Florida) and STF3C-part 1 (to view data for the U.S.). In the STF3A, choose Florida and click on Submit. Several tables relate to this subject: P28, P29, P30, P31, P145, and P146. Select the one(s) you want to view and click on Submit. I've looked at the International Statistics available through the Census Bureau's web site, and I haven't run across anything that summarizes "world" in terms of bilingualism. We (State Library of Florida) are not an international documents depository, so we don't have many reference materials that cover international statistics. However, the University of Florida is an international depository, and will have general statistical reference materials from the UN, such as the Demographic Yearbook. I suggest contacting them for this information. 
Librarian: SLF 

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