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North East: Main language (detailed)

Location Type: Regions, ONS Geographic Code: E12000001

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Key Facts

All Residents 2,647,013
Male 1,293,395
Female 1,353,618
Households 1,175,680
Population Density (people/km2) 308.5
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 2,569,453
English (English or Welsh in Wales) 2,478,459
Welsh or Cymraeg (in England only) 120
Other UK language 88
Other UK language: Gaelic (Irish) 12
Other UK language: Gaelic (Scottish) 15
Other UK language: Manx Gaelic 0
Other UK language: Gaelic (Not otherwise specified) 6
Other UK language: Cornish 1
Other UK language: Scots 39
Other UK language: Ulster Scots 0
Other UK language: Romany English 15
Other UK language: Irish Traveller Cant 0
French 1,508
Portuguese 2,556
Spanish 2,876
Other European language (EU) 28,204
Other European language (EU): Italian 2,057
Other European language (EU): German 914
Other European language (EU): Polish 9,660
Other European language (EU): Slovak 1,460
Other European language (EU): Czech 1,931
Other European language (EU): Romanian 6,101
Other European language (EU): Lithuanian 1,221
Other European language (EU): Latvian 452
Other European language (EU): Hungarian 786
Other European language (EU): Bulgarian 939
Other European language (EU): Greek 1,741
Other European language (EU): Dutch 411
Other European language (EU): Swedish 185
Other European language (EU): Danish 61
Other European language (EU): Finnish 88
Other European language (EU): Estonian 34
Other European language (EU): Slovenian 65
Other European language (EU): Maltese 41
Other European language (EU): Any other European language (EU) 57
Other European language (non EU) 964
Other European language (non EU): Albanian 652
Other European language (non EU): Ukrainian 131
Other European language (non EU): Any other Eastern European language (non EU) 7
Other European language (non EU): Northern European language (non EU) 174
Other European language (EU and non-EU) 301
Other European language (EU and non-EU): Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Montenegrin 301
Other European language (non-national) 4
Other European language (non-national): Any Romani language 0
Other European language (non-national): Yiddish 4
Russian 1,368
Turkish 1,328
Arabic 8,209
West or Central Asian language 7,451
West or Central Asian language: Hebrew 38
West or Central Asian language: Kurdish 3,355
West or Central Asian language: Persian or Farsi 3,240
West or Central Asian language: Pashto 609
West or Central Asian language: Any other West or Central Asian language 209
South Asian language 20,013
South Asian language: Urdu 3,878
South Asian language: Hindi 923
South Asian language: Panjabi 3,866
South Asian language: Pakistani Pahari (with Mirpuri and Potwari) 307
South Asian language: Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya) 5,103
South Asian language: Gujarati 280
South Asian language: Marathi 218
South Asian language: Telugu 1,421
South Asian language: Tamil 1,362
South Asian language: Malayalam 1,704
South Asian language: Sinhala 222
South Asian language: Nepalese 261
South Asian language: Any other South Asian language 468
East Asian language 11,385
East Asian language: Mandarin Chinese 1,144
East Asian language: Cantonese Chinese 1,781
East Asian language: All other Chinese 4,786
East Asian language: Japanese 271
East Asian language: Korean 150
East Asian language: Vietnamese 418
East Asian language: Thai 780
East Asian language: Malay 269
East Asian language: Tagalog or Filipino 1,608
East Asian language: Any other East Asian language 178
Oceanic or Australian language 24
North or South American language 0
Caribbean Creole 17
Caribbean Creole: English-based Caribbean Creole 0
Caribbean Creole: Any other Caribbean Creole 17
African language 3,252
African language: Amharic 323
African language: Tigrinya 872
African language: Somali 127
African language: Krio 12
African language: Akan 61
African language: Yoruba 194
African language: Igbo 268
African language: Swahili or Kiswahili 148
African language: Luganda 19
African language: Lingala 116
African language: Shona 283
African language: Afrikaans 120
African language: Any other Nigerian language 132
African language: Any other West African language 173
African language: Any other African language 404
Sign language 1,217
Sign language: British Sign Language 1,034
Sign language: Any other sign language 47
Sign language: Any sign communication system 136
Other language 109

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