Census Data

West Yorkshire: Main language (detailed)

Location Type: Metropolitan Counties, ONS Geographic Code: E11000006

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Key Facts

All Residents 2,351,583
Male 1,150,725
Female 1,200,857
Households 972,875

The ONS doesn't publish census data directly for Metropolitan Counties. The figures on this page are aggregated from census areas contained within West 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 2,269,545
English (English or Welsh in Wales) 2,072,408
Welsh or Cymraeg (in England only) 175
Other UK language 146
Other UK language: Gaelic (Irish) 28
Other UK language: Gaelic (Scottish) 5
Other UK language: Manx Gaelic 0
Other UK language: Gaelic (Not otherwise specified) 14
Other UK language: Cornish 1
Other UK language: Scots 44
Other UK language: Ulster Scots 0
Other UK language: Romany English 52
Other UK language: Irish Traveller Cant 2
French 2,273
Portuguese 4,610
Spanish 3,799
Other European language (EU) 58,146
Other European language (EU): Italian 3,327
Other European language (EU): German 728
Other European language (EU): Polish 26,929
Other European language (EU): Slovak 4,560
Other European language (EU): Czech 2,533
Other European language (EU): Romanian 8,468
Other European language (EU): Lithuanian 3,313
Other European language (EU): Latvian 2,038
Other European language (EU): Hungarian 2,469
Other European language (EU): Bulgarian 977
Other European language (EU): Greek 1,784
Other European language (EU): Dutch 355
Other European language (EU): Swedish 174
Other European language (EU): Danish 92
Other European language (EU): Finnish 79
Other European language (EU): Estonian 82
Other European language (EU): Slovenian 110
Other European language (EU): Maltese 32
Other European language (EU): Any other European language (EU) 96
Other European language (non EU) 1,308
Other European language (non EU): Albanian 874
Other European language (non EU): Ukrainian 186
Other European language (non EU): Any other Eastern European language (non EU) 6
Other European language (non EU): Northern European language (non EU) 242
Other European language (EU and non-EU) 416
Other European language (EU and non-EU): Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Montenegrin 416
Other European language (non-national) 2
Other European language (non-national): Any Romani language 1
Other European language (non-national): Yiddish 1
Russian 2,865
Turkish 739
Arabic 9,443
West or Central Asian language 13,784
West or Central Asian language: Hebrew 65
West or Central Asian language: Kurdish 5,710
West or Central Asian language: Persian or Farsi 3,573
West or Central Asian language: Pashto 4,223
West or Central Asian language: Any other West or Central Asian language 213
South Asian language 78,578
South Asian language: Urdu 29,077
South Asian language: Hindi 1,383
South Asian language: Panjabi 27,309
South Asian language: Pakistani Pahari (with Mirpuri and Potwari) 3,058
South Asian language: Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya) 5,488
South Asian language: Gujarati 5,998
South Asian language: Marathi 367
South Asian language: Telugu 868
South Asian language: Tamil 1,254
South Asian language: Malayalam 1,177
South Asian language: Sinhala 227
South Asian language: Nepalese 298
South Asian language: Any other South Asian language 2,074
East Asian language 10,114
East Asian language: Mandarin Chinese 932
East Asian language: Cantonese Chinese 1,675
East Asian language: All other Chinese 4,027
East Asian language: Japanese 209
East Asian language: Korean 192
East Asian language: Vietnamese 649
East Asian language: Thai 746
East Asian language: Malay 340
East Asian language: Tagalog or Filipino 1,130
East Asian language: Any other East Asian language 214
Oceanic or Australian language 9
North or South American language 2
Caribbean Creole 24
Caribbean Creole: English-based Caribbean Creole 1
Caribbean Creole: Any other Caribbean Creole 23
African language 8,966
African language: Amharic 636
African language: Tigrinya 2,361
African language: Somali 714
African language: Krio 16
African language: Akan 892
African language: Yoruba 149
African language: Igbo 287
African language: Swahili or Kiswahili 499
African language: Luganda 33
African language: Lingala 203
African language: Shona 635
African language: Afrikaans 102
African language: Any other Nigerian language 163
African language: Any other West African language 1,347
African language: Any other African language 929
Sign language 1,308
Sign language: British Sign Language 1,106
Sign language: Any other sign language 65
Sign language: Any sign communication system 137
Other language 430

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

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