Which city speaks the most languages? It’s not London, nor any of the metropolises of Europe. It’s actually New York City. This city of immigrants is also the most linguistically diverse city in the world. Want to learn more? Here are 7 interesting facts about New York City and its languages.
There are over 800 languages spoken in New York City.
For reference, the most linguistically diverse country in the world is Papua New Guinea, with 820 languages. New York crams almost that many into a single city. Nowhere else comes close. Even London “only” has around 300 different languages.
Queens is the most linguistically diverse neighborhood in the entire world.
“The capital of linguistic diversity, not just for the five boroughs, but for the human species, is Queens,” according to Rebecca Solnit and Joshua-Jelly Schapiro’s Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. Residents of Queens speak approximately 138 languages, according to 2000 census data.