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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

2014*
Estimates

 
  Speak only English
3,920,751
3,910,650
4,040,760
 
  Spanish or Spanish Creole
1,832,448
1,861,885
1,941,341
 
  Indo-European languages:  
  French (incl. Patois, Cajun)
105,821
80,866
84,143
 
  French Creole
89,039
98,693
105,306
 
  Italian
139,536
98,037
77,549
 
  Portuguese or Portuguese Creole
18,369
16,565
17,896
 
  German
33,066
22,874
22,468
 
  Yiddish
82,732
84,082
85,056
 
  Other West Germanic Languages
4,825
4,214
5,186
 
  Scandinavian Languages
5,708
4,239
4,379
 
  Greek
58,343
47,570
41,204
 
  Russian
194,602
185,097
186,797
 
  Polish
60,604
56,732
50,962
 
  Serbo-Croatian
19,895
18,566
14,976
 
  Other Slavic Languages
16,631
15,209
23,167
 
  Armenian
4,922
3,339
4,490
 
  Persian
12,397
11,515
10,933
 
  Gujarathi
9,377
10,083
8,141
 
  Hindi
25,015
30,632
29,880
 
  Urdu
38,489
42,773
52,171
 
  Other Indic Languages
79,154
108,917
152,868
 
  Other Indo-European Languages
45,257
45,579
56,600
 
  Asian and Pacific Island languages:  
  Chinese
323,529
411,844
478,932
 
  Japanese
20,502
23,070
22,622
 
  Korean
77,120
79,407
66,177
 
  Mon-Khmer, Cambodian
1,976
2,548
2,894
 
  Hmong
4
12
0
 
  Thai
4,250
4,680
4,684
 
  Laotian
157
325
205
 
  Vietnamese
10,085
10,727
9,160
 
  Other Asian Languages
26,912
37,497
42,757
 
  Tagalog
45,767
51,155
52,264
 
  Other Pacific Island Languages
4,445
7,135
5,781
 
  Other languages:  
  Navajo
18
10
0
 
  Other Native North American languages
1,081
1,297
1,159
 
  Hungarian
11,308
7,999
7,456
 
  Arabic
48,981
48,697
68,687
 
  Hebrew
50,263
49,164
49,018
 
  African languages
44,915
62,069
89,663
 
  Other and unspecified languages
4,465
4,504
6,205
 
     
 
Notes:
*Latest annual estimate available
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Source:
U.S. Census Bureau - American Community Survey (Table B16001)