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  • New York City contains dozens of neighborhoods across its five boroughs: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx.
  • Residents of those neighborhoods speak an abundance of languages.
  • Using census data from the Minnesota Population Center, we found the three most commonly spoken languages in each neighborhood.

New York is a city of neighborhoods, and those neighborhoods have a diverse array of people from all over the world.

The Census Bureau's American Community Survey provides a picture of several demographic, economic, and social characteristics of the US population. One of the questions on the survey asks respondents which language they mainly speak at home. Using data from the Minnesota Population Center's 2011-2015 ACS Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, we found the top three languages spoken in each New York neighborhood.

For our working definition of neighborhood, we used the Census Bureau's Public Use Microdata Areas, which are designed to allow small-scale geographic analyses of individual-level ACS data. In New York, these areas mostly correspond to the city's community districts (or groups of two for areas with smaller populations), so they're a pretty good proxy for neighborhoods.

Here are the three most common languages spoken at home in each New York City neighborhood.

Manhattan CD 1 & 2: Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

Manhattan CD 3: Chinatown & Lower East Side

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

Manhattan CD 4 & 5: Chelsea, Clinton & Midtown Business District

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

Manhattan CD 6: Murray Hill, Gramercy & Stuyvesant Town

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: French

Manhattan CD 7: Upper West Side & West Side

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: French

Manhattan CD 8: Upper East Side

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: French

Manhattan CD 9: Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville & West Harlem

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

Manhattan CD 10: Central Harlem

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: French

Manhattan CD 11: East Harlem

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

Manhattan CD 12: Washington Heights, Inwood & Marble Hill

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Russian

Brooklyn CD 1: Greenpoint & Williamsburg

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Yiddish

Brooklyn CD 2: Brooklyn Heights & Fort Greene

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

Brooklyn CD 3: Bedford-Stuyvesant

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Yiddish

Brooklyn CD 4: Bushwick

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Chinese

Brooklyn CD 5: East New York & Starrett City

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Bengali

Brooklyn CD 6: Park Slope, Carroll Gardens & Red Hook

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: French

Brooklyn CD 7: Sunset Park & Windsor Terrace

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Chinese

Brooklyn CD 8: Crown Heights North & Prospect Heights

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: French/Haitian Creole

Brooklyn CD 9: Crown Heights South, Prospect Lefferts & Wingate

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: French/Haitian Creole

Third most common language: Spanish

Brooklyn CD 10: Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

Brooklyn CD 11: Bensonhurst & Bath Beach

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Chinese

Third most common language: Russian

Brooklyn CD 12: Borough Park, Kensington & Ocean Parkway

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Yiddish

Third most common language: Spanish

Brooklyn CD 13: Brighton Beach & Coney Island

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Russian

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Spanish

Brooklyn CD 14: Flatbush & Midwood

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: French/Haitian Creole

Brooklyn CD 15: Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach & Homecrest

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Russian

Third most common language: Chinese

Brooklyn CD 16: Brownsville & Ocean Hill

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: French/Haitian Creole

Brooklyn CD 17: East Flatbush, Farragut & Rugby

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: French/Haitian Creole

Third most common language: Spanish

Brooklyn CD 18: Canarsie & Flatlands

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: French/Haitian Creole

Third most common language: Spanish

Queens CD 1: Astoria & Long Island City

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Greek

Queens CD 2: Sunnyside & Woodside

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Chinese

Queens CD 3: Jackson Heights & North Corona

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Bengali

Queens CD 4: Elmhurst & South Corona

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Chinese

Queens CD 5: Ridgewood, Glendale & Middle Village

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Polish

Queens CD 6: Forest Hills & Rego Park

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Russian

Third most common language: Spanish

Queens CD 7: Flushing, Murray Hill & Whitestone

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Chinese

Third most common language: Spanish

Queens CD 8: Briarwood, Fresh Meadows & Hillcrest

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Chinese

Queens CD 9: Richmond Hill & Woodhaven

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Punjabi

Queens CD 10: Howard Beach & Ozone Park

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Bengali

Queens CD 11: Bayside, Douglaston & Little Neck

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Chinese

Third most common language: Korean

Queens CD 12: Jamaica, Hollis & St. Albans

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Bengali

Queens CD 13: Queens Village, Cambria Heights & Rosedale

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: French/Haitian Creole

Queens CD 14: Far Rockaway, Breezy Point & Broad Channel

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Russian

Bronx CD 1 & 2: Hunts Point, Longwood & Melrose

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: French

Bronx CD 3 & 6: Belmont, Crotona Park East & East Tremont

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Kru

Bronx CD 4: Concourse, Highbridge & Mount Eden

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Kru

Bronx CD 5: Morris Heights, Fordham South & Mount Hope

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Kru

Bronx CD 7: Bedford Park, Fordham North & Norwood

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Bengali

Bronx CD 8: Riverdale, Fieldston & Kingsbridge

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Russian

Bronx CD 9: Castle Hill, Clason Point & Parkchester

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Most commonly spoken language at home: Spanish

Second most common language: English

Third most common language: Bengali

Bronx CD 10: Co-op City, Pelham Bay & Schuylerville

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Italian

Bronx CD 11: Pelham Parkway, Morris Park & Laconia

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Albanian

Bronx CD 12: Wakefield, Williamsbridge & Woodlawn

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Kru

Staten Island CD 1: Port Richmond, Stapleton & Mariner's Harbor

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Arabic

Staten Island CD 2: New Springville & South Beach

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Russian

Staten Island CD 3: Tottenville, Great Kills & Annadale

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Most commonly spoken language at home: English

Second most common language: Spanish

Third most common language: Italian