Top twenty languages spoken in England and Wales

  • English (English or Welsh if in Wales). 92.3%
  • Polish, 1.0%
  • Panjabi, 0.5%
  • Urdu, 0.5%
  • Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya), 0.4%
  • Gujarati, 0.4%
  • Arabic, 0.3%
  • French, 0.3%
  • All other Chinese (excludes Madarin and Cantonese), 0.3%
  • Portuguese, 0.2%
  • Spanish, 0.2%
  • Tamil, 0.2%
  • Turkish, 0.2%
  • Italian, 0.2%
  • Somali, 0.2%
  • Lithuanian, 0.2%
  • German, 0.1%
  • Persian/Farsi, 0.1%
  • Tagalog/Filipino, 0.1%
  • Romanian, 0.1%

Figures from the Office of National Statistics: Quick Statistics for England and Wales 2011.

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Polish '2nd language in England'

New figures from the 2011 census show that Polish appears to be the second biggest language in England, with 1% of residents citing it as their main language.