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Language Other Than English is Predominantly Spoken

Information about the percentage of people speaking languages other than English in a given area is available by accessing census information on By entering a zip code of interest, one can access data on those who "Speak a Language Other than English at Home". One can either enter a specific address or find a link for a map under the "Social Characteristics" section. The map tool allows “zooming in” on a particularly area of town revealing census tract information in the vicinity of the site of interest. The information is based on 2000 Census data.

The Department anticipates that most remediating parties are already aware of whether a language other than English is predominantly spoken in the neighborhoods surrounding their sites. Existing business and community signs can usually identify neighborhoods where a language other than English is spoken. If the person responsible for conducting the remediation is unsure whether property owners and tenants predominantly speak a language other than English, they should contact the municipality for information.