Who Speaks What Languages in Soquel and Capitola?

An interactive map on the U.S. Census Bureau website will show you the concentration of 15 different language speakers in the region.

We know Spanish is widely spoke in Santa Cruz County. Ever wondered who can speak other languages, such as Russian or Korean in the region? Or how common speakers of those languages are?

The U.S. Census Bureau has the answer, at least relating to 15 different languages ranging from Spanish (the most common, besides English, in this area) to Tagalog and Japanese.

According to the bureau's website, "the 2011 Language Mapper shows where people speaking specific languages other than English live, with dots representing how many people speak each of 15 different languages. For each language, the mapper shows the concentration of those who report that they speak English less than 'very well,' a measure of English proficiency."

The map shows data from the American Community Survey from 2007 to 2011.

The maps we've highlighted on this article show the concentration of speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. These seemed to be the languages with the heaviest concentrations in the Capitola and Soquel area among the 15 languages the Census tracks.

The interactive map will show you the concentration of ALL speakers of a language — including those who speak English well.


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