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Top Bay Area cities that speak the most Spanish

January 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The top 10 cities are:  Richmond, Hayward, Napa, Redwood City, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Vallejo, Concord, Antioch and San Leandro.

We’re wondering if these cities also have the best Latin food?

The table below is from a new round of data released on December, 2023 from the U.S Census Bureau’s American Community Survey on the country’s households.

The data, released with hyperlocal detail from the American Community Survey, is the “nation’s most current, reliable, and accessible data source for local statistics on critical planning topics such as age, children, veterans, commuting, education, income, and employment,” from the U.S. Census Bureau.


Perhaps, not surprisingly, California is the state with the largest proportion of people who speak a language other than English at home — 44% of all residents 5 and older. Texas comes in second with 35%.

In the Bay Area, the percentage is 43%, twice the national rate. In eight Bay Area cities, more than half of the residents speak another language at home, according to the estimates, based on survey responses over five years from 2018 to 2022.

For comparison, the 9-county Bay Area as a whole has a slight majority of people who speak English at home, 57%.


Spanish is the second most common with 16%, and 18% of residents speak a mix of Asian or Pacific Island languages.

Other Indo-European languages, including Hindi and languages like French and Farsi, are spoken by 7% of residents. Just over 1% of people speak other languages, including Arabic, one of the fastest growing languages in the Bay Area.

The new data provides another piece of the puzzle that reveals the constantly evolving demographics of the Bay Area: It is aging quickly, and Asians are now the largest racial group. Those are among other recent notable changes, like the fact that there are now more Indian than Mexican immigrants in Alameda and Santa Clara counties.


January 11
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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