22% of Londoners speak English as a second language

Graph shows the percentage of UK and Welsh residents who do not speak English as their first language.
Graph shows the percentage of UK and Welsh residents who do not speak English as their first language. Credit: ONS

22% of people living in London do not speak English as their main language, according to the ONS.

Outside London this percentage varied from three per cent in the North East to 7% in the West Midlands.

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