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Polish is 'second biggest language in England'

New figures from the 2011 UK census show that Polish is the second biggest language in England, with 1% of residents citing it as their main language. The census found:

  • 92% of usual residents spoke English (English and Welsh in Wales) as their main language
  • Less than half a percent of residents said they could not speak English
  • The second most reported language was Polish (one per cent, or 546,000)
  • The third most reported language was Panjabi (half of one per cent, 273,000)
  • Followed closely by Urdu (half of one per cent, 269,0000)

The figures are from the Office of National Statistics, based on the 2011 Census of England and Wales.