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Table 2.I.J

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

 
     
  Languages Spoken at Home
2000
2010
2011
Estimates
2012
Estimates *
 
  Speaks only English
3,920,751
3,910,650
3,925,617
3,660,241
 
  Spanish or Spanish Creole
1,832,448
1,861,885
1,900,105
1,868,428
 
  Indo-European languages:  
  French (incl. Patois, Cajun)
105,821
80,866
85,911
86,745
 
  French Creole
89,039
98,693
114,986
112,672
 
  Italian
139,536
98,037
81,546
71,812
 
  Portuguese or Portuguese Creole
18,369
16,565
17,126
19,058
 
  German
33,066
22,874
21,658
19,858
 
  Yiddish
82,732
84,082
87,423
87,461
 
  Other West Germanic Languages
4,825
4,214
4,510
6,771
 
  Scandinavian Languages
5,708
4,239
6,602
3,783
 
  Greek
58,343
47,570
46,326
40,752
 
  Russian
194,602
185,097
195,108
180,121
 
  Polish
60,604
56,732
63,681
47,299
 
  Serbo-Croatian
19,895
18,566
17,922
15,779
 
  Other Slavic Languages
16,631
15,209
14,946
17,484
 
  Armenian
4,922
3,339
3,850
4,796
 
  Persian
12,397
11,515
13,747
9,385
 
  Gujarathi
9,377
10,083
9,605
8,448
 
  Hindi
25,015
30,632
32,231
30,072
 
  Urdu
38,489
42,773
42,818
40,870
 
  Other Indic Languages
79,154
108,917
128,826
137,835
 
  Other Indo-European Languages
45,257
45,579
48,180
47,634
 
  Asian and Pacific Island languages:  
  Chinese
323,529
411,844
432,477
434,726
 
  Japanese
20,502
23,070
19,067
21,354
 
  Korean
77,120
79,407
85,379
75,331
 
  Mon-Khmer, Cambodian
1,976
2,548
3,150
2,248
 
  Miao, Hmong
4
12
0
0
 
  Thai
4,250
4,680
5,261
4,089
 
  Laotian
157
325
425
752
 
  Vietnamese
10,085
10,727
11,573
9,007
 
  Other Asian Languages
26,912
37,497
35,354
38,117
 
  Tagalog
45,767
51,155
47,338
45,322
 
  Other Pacific Island Languages
4,445
7,135
6,874
4,323
 
  Other languages:  
  Navajo
18
10
18
0
 
  Other Native North American languages
1,081
1,297
1,660
531
 
  Hungarian
11,308
7,999
8,616
6,271
 
  Arabic
48,981
48,697
62,749
56,824
 
  Hebrew
50,263
49,164
49,066
47,094
 
  African languages
44,915
62,069
72,627
80,156
 
  Other and unspecified languages
4,465
4,504
6,152
6,067
 
     
 
Note:
*2012 estimates do not include Richmond (Staten Island) data.
 
 

Source:
U.S. Census Bureau - American Community Survey (Table B16001)