English is not the main language for more than a thousand East Lindsey residents, new Census data revealed yesterday.
The Office of National Statistics announced that 1,204 of the district’s 132,634 Census 2011 respondents listed foreign languages as their primary tongue.
The second most spoken language after English was Polish with 637, followed by Hungarian with 133.
Overall, 98.6 per cent of East Lindsey’s residents speak English, which is above the national average of 92 per cent.
In neighbouring Boston, however, only 86.8 per cent of Census responders listed English as their main language, with a higher than average proportion of Eastern European languages, particularly Polish, contributing to the remainder.
Prime Minister David Cameron, responding to the national figures, said immigration had been ‘too fast’ and ‘too high.’
Main language data was not included in previous censuses, so comparisons over time are not available.