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Map Showing The Most Commonly Spoken Language Other than English by Borough

Map Showing The Most Commonly Spoken Language Other than English by Borough

The map above quite simply shows which language, besides English, has the most speakers in each of London's 32 boroughs + The City. The map was found via reddit and is based on data from the 2011 UK Census found here (excel spreadsheet; 1mb).

My guess is that you're probably not shocked by the second languages in the boroughs you're familiar with, but you may be a bit surprised by others.

I've walked all over London and I'm still slightly surprised by the following:

  • French being the second language of the City. Not sure what I expected to be honest.
  • Portuguese being the second language of Lambeth and Spanish being the second language of Southwark, especially given that Portuguese speakers are to the west of Spanish speakers.
  • Despite living in Camden, I'm a little surprised to see Bengali as the second language. If I'd had to guess I would have said Arabic.
  • Greenwich is probably the biggest surprise of all, I would not have thought there would be a big enough concentration of Nepalese speakers to be the second most common language.

And just in case you're wondering how the numbers breakdown:

  • Polish: 7 boroughs - (Barnet, Bromley, Ealing, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, and Wandsworth)
  • Turkish: 4 boroughs - (Hackney, Islington, Haringey, Enfield)
  • Bengali: 3 boroughs - (Camden, Newham and Tower Hamlets)
  • French: 3 boroughs - (The City, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea)
  • Punjabi: 3 boroughs - (Bexley, Hillingdon and Hounslow)
  • Tamil: 3 boroughs - (Croydon, Kingston and Sutton)
  • Gujarati: 2 boroughs - (Brent and Harrow)
  • Urdu: 2 boroughs - (Redbridge and Waltham Forest)
  • Lithuanian: 2 boroughs - (Barking and Havering)
  • Arabic: 1 borough (Westminster)
  • Nepalese: 1 borough (Greenwich)
  • Portuguese: 1 borough (Lambeth)
  • Spanish: 1 borough (Southwark)

In total, 14 boroughs have second languages from within the EU, 14 boroughs have second languages from countries in the Indian sub-continent and 5 have speakers from elsewhere.

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