English is not the main language for more than 7,000 Exeter residents, new Census data has revealed.
The Office of National Statistics announced that 7,403 of the district’s 113,554 Census 2011 respondents listed foreign languages as their ‘main language’.
The figures relate to 6.5 per cent of Exeter’s population not speaking English as a mother tongue compared to 3.5 per cent of the population in the South West.
The second most spoken language after English was Chinese with 1,227 , followed by Polish with 1,218 and Arabic with 554 speakers.
Other languages selected as main languages in the 2011 census for Exeter included one Gaelic speaker and one Pakistani Pahari speaker.
According to the overall census results Polish is now the main language spoken in England and Wales after English and Welsh.
The overall residents who speak English in England and Wales is 92 per cent.
One million households have no residents with English as a main language, although most had some proficiency in English, the ONS said.
Only 138,000 people could not speak English at all.
Main language data was not included in previous censuses, so comparisons over time are not available.
See below for a full table of results taken from www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk