The 3 most common languages in every NYC neighborhood

Business Insider | Jun 12, 2018, 07.00PM IST

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  • New York City includes dozens of neighborhoods across its five boroughs: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx.
  • Residents of those neighborhoods speak a plethora of languages.
  • Using census data from the Minnesota Population Center, we found the three most commonly spoken languages in each neighborhood.

New York is a city of neighborhoods, and those neighborhoods have a diverse array of people from all over the world.

The Census Bureau's American Community Survey provides a picture of several demographic, economic, and social characteristics of the US population. One of the questions on the survey asks respondents what language they mainly speak at home. Using data from the Minnesota Population Center's 2011-15 ACS Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, we found the top three languages spoken in each New York neighborhood.

For our working definition of neighborhood, we used the Census Bureau's Public Use Microdata Areas, which are designed to allow small-scale geographic analyses of individual-level ACS data. In New York, these areas mostly correspond to the city's community districts (or groups of two for areas with smaller populations), so they're a pretty good proxy for neighborhoods.

Here are the three most common languages spoken at home in each New York City neighborhood, broken down neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

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