`

The Babel of Queens, NY

A quick overlook into the most diverse urban area in the world

 

news.jpg

The borough of Queens in New York City is considered is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. Experts believe that around 138 languages can be spoken the in the area that is the second most populated of NYC with its 2,2 million inhabitants (the first one if Brooklyn with 2,5M, according to the 2010 Census).

The county englobes 27% of New York City's population of 8.2 M people. The U.S. Census Bureau reports its population is composed of 50% white, 28% Hispanic, 24% Asian, 21% black, and 3% mixed race. Almost half (48%) of Queens residents are foreign-born, and 56% speak a language other than English at home. 

 

 Source: Queens Library

Source: Queens Library

At home, 56% of the population 5 years and over speaks a language other than English. Among the 5 boroughs, Queens is also the one with the hights number of residents who consider their English as less than "very well." Out of the 56% we just mentioned, only half (28%) speak English well. The other half speaks mainly Spanish (44%), followed by Asian and Pacific Island Languages (28%), and Indo-European Languages (25%).

 

 Source: Queens Library

Source: Queens Library