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In this linguistic map, the London tube becomes a window into ethnic diversity

In this linguistic map, the London tube becomes a window into ethnic diversity

This map, created by Oliver O’Brien of University College London’s Department of Geography, shows London’s extraordinary ethnic diversity. O’Brien has mapped the London subway system with labels indicating the second-most commonly spoken language after English among people who live nearby. The size of the circle is proportional to the percentage of people in the neighborhood that speak the language.

The map hints at London’s large South Asian population, whose native languages include Bengali, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati and Panjabi. Turkish, Lithuanian, Arabic and French-speaking neighborhoods are also in evidence. To see the map in more detail, click here.

About one-third of London’s roughly 8 million residents are foreign born, according to the Office for National Statistics. The 2011 Census showed that Indians are the largest group of foreign-born inhabitants in London, followed by those born in Poland, Ireland, Nigeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Jamaica.

Ana Swanson | October 27, 2014 at 10:45 am
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