Census Data

South Yorkshire: Main language (detailed)

Location Type: Metropolitan Counties, ONS Geographic Code: E11000003

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Key Facts

All Residents 1,375,006
Male 677,559
Female 697,447
Households 587,407

The ONS doesn't publish census data directly for Metropolitan Counties. The figures on this page are aggregated from census areas contained within South Yorkshire. They may not, therefore, be precisely accurate. Age-standardised statistics and population density are not available for aggregated datasets.

Table Codets024
Unit of MeasurePerson
Number of Response Options95

This dataset provides Census 2021 estimates that classify usual residents in England and Wales by their main language. The estimates are as at Census Day, 21 March 2021.


A person's first or preferred language.

This shows a detailed breakdown of the responses given in the write-in option "Other, write in".

Main language (detailed): Total: All usual residents aged 3 years and over 1,330,788
English (English or Welsh in Wales) 1,241,090
Welsh or Cymraeg (in England only) 122
Other UK language 60
Other UK language: Gaelic (Irish) 11
Other UK language: Gaelic (Scottish) 4
Other UK language: Manx Gaelic 0
Other UK language: Gaelic (Not otherwise specified) 1
Other UK language: Cornish 0
Other UK language: Scots 8
Other UK language: Ulster Scots 0
Other UK language: Romany English 36
Other UK language: Irish Traveller Cant 0
French 911
Portuguese 1,621
Spanish 1,700
Other European language (EU) 39,975
Other European language (EU): Italian 1,270
Other European language (EU): German 395
Other European language (EU): Polish 13,846
Other European language (EU): Slovak 5,090
Other European language (EU): Czech 880
Other European language (EU): Romanian 11,410
Other European language (EU): Lithuanian 1,678
Other European language (EU): Latvian 1,192
Other European language (EU): Hungarian 1,349
Other European language (EU): Bulgarian 1,090
Other European language (EU): Greek 1,109
Other European language (EU): Dutch 232
Other European language (EU): Swedish 77
Other European language (EU): Danish 50
Other European language (EU): Finnish 37
Other European language (EU): Estonian 56
Other European language (EU): Slovenian 105
Other European language (EU): Maltese 28
Other European language (EU): Any other European language (EU) 81
Other European language (non EU) 1,024
Other European language (non EU): Albanian 880
Other European language (non EU): Ukrainian 71
Other European language (non EU): Any other Eastern European language (non EU) 2
Other European language (non EU): Northern European language (non EU) 71
Other European language (EU and non-EU) 132
Other European language (EU and non-EU): Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Montenegrin 132
Other European language (non-national) 22
Other European language (non-national): Any Romani language 22
Other European language (non-national): Yiddish 0
Russian 1,189
Turkish 1,464
Arabic 7,235
West or Central Asian language 5,713
West or Central Asian language: Hebrew 23
West or Central Asian language: Kurdish 2,537
West or Central Asian language: Persian or Farsi 2,003
West or Central Asian language: Pashto 984
West or Central Asian language: Any other West or Central Asian language 166
South Asian language 14,685
South Asian language: Urdu 5,454
South Asian language: Hindi 371
South Asian language: Panjabi 3,063
South Asian language: Pakistani Pahari (with Mirpuri and Potwari) 636
South Asian language: Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya) 1,456
South Asian language: Gujarati 186
South Asian language: Marathi 148
South Asian language: Telugu 411
South Asian language: Tamil 931
South Asian language: Malayalam 786
South Asian language: Sinhala 171
South Asian language: Nepalese 675
South Asian language: Any other South Asian language 397
East Asian language 8,189
East Asian language: Mandarin Chinese 938
East Asian language: Cantonese Chinese 1,019
East Asian language: All other Chinese 4,258
East Asian language: Japanese 114
East Asian language: Korean 134
East Asian language: Vietnamese 287
East Asian language: Thai 445
East Asian language: Malay 269
East Asian language: Tagalog or Filipino 408
East Asian language: Any other East Asian language 317
Oceanic or Australian language 8
North or South American language 1
Caribbean Creole 18
Caribbean Creole: English-based Caribbean Creole 3
Caribbean Creole: Any other Caribbean Creole 15
African language 4,787
African language: Amharic 318
African language: Tigrinya 964
African language: Somali 1,392
African language: Krio 17
African language: Akan 122
African language: Yoruba 128
African language: Igbo 129
African language: Swahili or Kiswahili 327
African language: Luganda 31
African language: Lingala 96
African language: Shona 330
African language: Afrikaans 56
African language: Any other Nigerian language 79
African language: Any other West African language 158
African language: Any other African language 640
Sign language 731
Sign language: British Sign Language 581
Sign language: Any other sign language 40
Sign language: Any sign communication system 110
Other language 111

These values are calculated by adding up the values for census output areas contained within South Yorkshire. They may, therefore, be slightly inaccurate due to administrative boundaries not precisely aligning with census boundaries.

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