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Population and Geography

   
     
 

New York City (NYC)
Spoken Languages and Ancestry
Population 5 Years and Over

 
     
  Languages Spoken at Home
2000
2010

2015*
Estimates

 
  Speak only English
3,920,751
3,910,650
4,034,391
 
  Spanish or Spanish Creole
1,832,448
1,861,885
1,963,633
 
  Indo-European languages:  
  French (incl. Patois, Cajun)
105,821
80,866
84,762
 
  French Creole
89,039
98,693
108,997
 
  Italian
139,536
98,037
71,632
 
  Portuguese or Portuguese Creole
18,369
16,565
17,674
 
  German
33,066
22,874
20,855
 
  Yiddish
82,732
84,082
91,666
 
  Other West Germanic Languages
4,825
4,214
3,526
 
  Scandinavian Languages
5,708
4,239
5,866
 
  Greek
58,343
47,570
42,155
 
  Russian
194,602
185,097
200,228
 
  Polish
60,604
56,732
55,957
 
  Serbo-Croatian
19,895
18,566
21,217
 
  Other Slavic Languages
16,631
15,209
21,224
 
  Armenian
4,922
3,339
2,991
 
  Persian
12,397
11,515
10,252
 
  Gujarati
9,377
10,083
9,650
 
  Hindi
25,015
30,632
41,559
 
  Urdu
38,489
42,773
49,094
 
  Other Indic Languages
79,154
108,917
142,595
 
  Other Indo-European Languages
45,257
45,579
53,101
 
  Asian and Pacific Island languages:  
  Chinese
323,529
411,844
489,567
 
  Japanese
20,502
23,070
22,216
 
  Korean
77,120
79,407
79,096
 
  Mon-Khmer, Cambodian
1,976
2,548
1,199
 
  Hmong
4
12
100
 
  Thai
4,250
4,680
5,146
 
  Laotian
157
325
137
 
  Vietnamese
10,085
10,727
10,818
 
  Other Asian Languages
26,912
37,497
47,074
 
  Tagalog
45,767
51,155
49,860
 
  Other Pacific Island Languages
4,445
7,135
7,273
 
  Other languages:  
  Navajo
18
10
140
 
  Other Native North American languages
1,081
1,297
1,444
 
  Hungarian
11,308
7,999
7,007
 
  Arabic
48,981
48,697
72,666
 
  Hebrew
50,263
49,164
43,785
 
  African languages
44,915
62,069
85,754
 
  Other and unspecified languages
4,465
4,504
4,386
 
     
 
Notes:
*Latest annual estimate available
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Source:
U.S. Census Bureau - American Community Survey (Table B16001)