We’re using Census data in this week’s ranking pegged to an amazing statistic from another story in the paper this week: More than 100 languages are spoken in Guilford County schools. The actual number is 118. According to the Census, 13.5 percent of the city’s 280,000 or so residents speak a language other than English at home. While that’s a lot of people, we’re looking at percentages here, Census style.
2. High Point
While boasting a smaller population — the Census puts it at 107,741 for 2013 — High Point has a higher percentage of people who don’t speak English at home. At 14.6 percent, High Point has about half of the non-English speakers that Greensboro does, but a slightly higher percentage, putting it in second place.
Like it or not, Winston-Salem is the undisputed Triad leader in language diversity, with 17.2 percent of its 236,000 residents speaking something other than English at home. That’s more than 40,000 people, compared to Greensboro’s 38,000 and High Point’s paltry 16,000 or so.