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In 2011, 32% of people in the City of Adelaide, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in the City of Adelaide. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, the City of Adelaide's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
City of Adelaide - (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChina1,6548.41.36013.60.7+1,053
United Kingdom
1,0765.58.31,0076.08.8+69
map this data in atlas.idMalaysia9324.70.59365.60.4-4
India
4142.11.43161.90.5+98
South Korea
3011.50.32221.30.2+79
Hong Kong
2721.40.21450.90.2+127
Singapore
2521.30.21841.10.1+68
New Zealand
2121.10.81921.20.8+20
United States of America
1770.90.31170.70.3+60
Saudi Arabia
1680.90.180.00.0+160
Philippines
1430.70.6390.20.4+104
Germany
1260.60.81450.90.9-19
Italy
1250.61.61220.71.8+3
Vietnam
1110.61.0560.30.9+55
Japan
1090.60.11040.60.1+5
South Africa
1000.50.4520.30.3+48
Greece
950.50.71020.60.8-7
Iran
920.50.2350.20.2+57
Sri Lanka
910.50.2720.40.1+19
Thailand
900.50.21000.60.1-10
Indonesia
890.50.1800.50.1+9
Taiwan
810.40.1740.40.1+7
Ireland
770.40.2470.30.2+30
Poland
650.30.4570.30.5+8
Canada
600.30.2610.40.1-1
Netherlands
500.30.4630.40.5-13
Bangladesh
480.20.1200.10.0+28
France
460.20.1430.30.1+3
Spain
340.20.0110.10.0+23
United Arab Emirates
340.20.090.10.0+25
Iraq
330.20.1100.10.1+23
Colombia
320.20.0120.10.0+20
Nepal
290.10.100.00.0+29
Bosnia and Herzegovina
290.10.2140.10.2+15
Russian Federation
270.10.1140.10.1+13
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)
270.10.3320.20.3-5
Brazil
260.10.0150.10.0+11
Kuwait
250.10.030.00.0+22
Afghanistan
240.10.230.00.1+21
Pakistan
210.10.1140.10.1+7
Kenya
210.10.1190.10.1+2
Romania
210.10.180.00.1+13
Egypt
210.10.190.10.1+12
Papua New Guinea
200.10.1240.10.1-4
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
City of Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born7,99940.725.35,58533.523.3+2,414
map this data in atlas.idNon-English speaking backgrounds6,29732.115.14,10924.712.8+2,188
Main English speaking countries
1,7028.710.21,4768.910.5+226
Australia
9,77949.870.28,97053.871.1+809
Not stated
1,8619.54.52,10312.65.6-242

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 China, Greater Adelaide: 1.3% United Kingdom, Greater Adelaide: 8.3% Malaysia, Greater Adelaide: 0.5% India, Greater Adelaide: 1.4% South Korea, Greater Adelaide: 0.3% Hong Kong, Greater Adelaide: 0.2% Singapore, Greater Adelaide: 0.2% New Zealand, Greater Adelaide: 0.8% United States of America, Greater Adelaide: 0.3% Saudi Arabia, Greater Adelaide: 0.1% China, City of Adelaide: 8.4% United Kingdom, City of Adelaide: 5.5% Malaysia, City of Adelaide: 4.7% India, City of Adelaide: 2.1% South Korea, City of Adelaide: 1.5% Hong Kong, City of Adelaide: 1.4% Singapore, City of Adelaide: 1.3% New Zealand, City of Adelaide: 1.1% United States of America, City of Adelaide: 0.9% Saudi Arabia, City of Adelaide: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 China, City of Adelaide: +1,053 United Kingdom, City of Adelaide: +69 Malaysia, City of Adelaide: -4 India, City of Adelaide: +98 South Korea, City of Adelaide: +79 Hong Kong, City of Adelaide: +127 Singapore, City of Adelaide: +68 New Zealand, City of Adelaide: +20 United States of America, City of Adelaide: +60 Saudi Arabia, City of Adelaide: +160
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the country of birth of the population in the City of Adelaide in 2011 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas, as well as a larger proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 40.7% of the population was born overseas, and 32.1% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 25.3% and 15.1% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in the City of Adelaide was China, where 8.4% of the population, or 1,654 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of people born in China (8.4% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Malaysia (4.7% compared to 0.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in South Korea (1.5% compared to 0.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in United Kingdom (5.5% compared to 8.3%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 2,414 or 43.2%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 2,188 or 53.2%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • China (+1,053 persons)
  • Saudi Arabia (+160 persons)
  • Hong Kong (+127 persons)
  • Philippines (+104 persons)

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