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December 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Explore this: Language diversity map of King County

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 9.44.24 AMWhat language do you speak when you’re at home?

For one out of five Americans, it’s not English, according to the latest census data.

Our interactive map below ranks every census tract in King County by the percentage of residents who don’t speak English at home. The areas in white are below the national average of 20 percent, while areas in blue are above that. Dark blue indicates that more than half of the population speak a language other than English.

Within Seattle, the range of linguistic diversity is enormous. In South Beacon Hill, 72 percent do not speak English at home — the highest in King County. But in North Capitol Hill and Phinney Ridge, only 6 percent are non-English speakers, ranking those neighborhoods among the most linguistically “anglo” in the county.

Bellevue, on the other hand, doesn’t have a single census tract below the 20 percent U.S. average.

Explore the data for yourself — click on any census tract to see the breakdown of languages spoken by five language groups. Use the search box to type in your address — the map will automatically zoom in to your census tract.

Click on the upper left to see the map legend.

Source: Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2009-2013

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