Most common languages spoken at home in Greater Boston and surrounding regions

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October 19, 2022
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Most common languages spoken at home in Greater Boston and surrounding regions

Stacker compiled a list of the most common languages spoken at home in the Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT CSA using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Languages are ranked by the percent of households that primarily speak the language at home according to 2020 estimates. Combined statistical areas are designated by the Office of Management and Budget and include multiple metropolitan and micropolitan areas in the same region.

77.8% of people in the Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT CSA speak only English at home. Keep reading to see what the most spoken non-English languages are in and around Boston.

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#10. Hindi

- 32,146 speakers (0.41% of population)
--- 27,033 speakers who also speak English very well
--- 5,113 speakers who speak English less than very well
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#9. Italian

- 33,839 speakers (0.43% of population)
--- 25,656 speakers who also speak English very well
--- 8,183 speakers who speak English less than very well
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#8. Russian

- 37,167 speakers (0.47% of population)
--- 23,020 speakers who also speak English very well
--- 14,147 speakers who speak English less than very well
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#7. Arabic

- 38,728 speakers (0.49% of population)
--- 25,369 speakers who also speak English very well
--- 13,359 speakers who speak English less than very well
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#6. Vietnamese

- 43,312 speakers (0.55% of population)
--- 17,061 speakers who also speak English very well
--- 26,251 speakers who speak English less than very well
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#5. French (incl. Cajun)

- 70,795 speakers (0.9% of population)
--- 57,563 speakers who also speak English very well
--- 13,232 speakers who speak English less than very well
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#4. Haitian

- 98,060 speakers (1.25% of population)
--- 56,759 speakers who also speak English very well
--- 41,301 speakers who speak English less than very well
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#3. Chinese (incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

- 146,420 speakers (1.87% of population)
--- 73,218 speakers who also speak English very well
--- 73,202 speakers who speak English less than very well
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#2. Portuguese

- 217,460 speakers (2.78% of population)
--- 127,724 speakers who also speak English very well
--- 89,736 speakers who speak English less than very well
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#1. Spanish

- 664,411 speakers (8.48% of population)
--- 386,043 speakers who also speak English very well
--- 278,368 speakers who speak English less than very well

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