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In CAD West, 53% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

CAD West's language statistics show the proportion of the population who speak a language at home other than English. They indicate how culturally diverse a population is and the degree to which different ethnic groups and nationalities are retaining their language.

CAD West's language statistics should be analysed in conjunction with Country of Birth and Proficiency in English to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups in the area and the services required by the multicultural community.

Derived from the Census question:

'Does the person speak a language other than English at home?'

Total population

Language spoken at home - Ranked by size
CAD West - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Mandarin
63020.710.124413.46.6+386
map this data in atlas.idCantonese2548.33.4754.12.7+179
Korean
983.21.4392.11.2+59
Chinese, nfd
963.11.2191.00.5+77
map this data in atlas.idArabic943.11.690.50.4+85
Malay
471.60.5804.40.8-33
Indonesian
270.90.4201.10.4+7
Malayalam
260.90.2100.50.2+16
Japanese
230.70.5160.90.6+7
Thai
220.70.490.50.5+13
Italian
210.71.2221.21.3-1
Vietnamese
200.60.690.50.3+11
Filipino/Tagalog
200.70.530.20.2+17
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Excludes languages with fewer than 20 people speaking them at home, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Language spoken at home - Summary
CAD West - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only85328.058.050227.662.1+351
Non-English total1,60952.931.666536.523.8+944
Not stated58219.110.465435.914.1-72

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

Language spoken at home, 2011
Language spoken at home, 2011 Mandarin, City of Adelaide: 10.1% Cantonese, City of Adelaide: 3.4% Korean, City of Adelaide: 1.4% Chinese, nfd, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Arabic, City of Adelaide: 1.6% Malay, City of Adelaide: 0.5% Indonesian, City of Adelaide: 0.4% Malayalam, City of Adelaide: 0.2% Japanese, City of Adelaide: 0.5% Thai, City of Adelaide: 0.4% Mandarin, CAD West: 20.7% Cantonese, CAD West: 8.3% Korean, CAD West: 3.2% Chinese, nfd, CAD West: 3.1% Arabic, CAD West: 3.1% Malay, CAD West: 1.6% Indonesian, CAD West: 0.9% Malayalam, CAD West: 0.9% Japanese, CAD West: 0.7% Thai, CAD West: 0.7%
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 language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011 Mandarin, CAD West: +386 Cantonese, CAD West: +179 Korean, CAD West: +59 Chinese, nfd, CAD West: +77 Arabic, CAD West: +85 Malay, CAD West: -33 Indonesian, CAD West: +7 Malayalam, CAD West: +16 Japanese, CAD West: +7 Thai, CAD West: +13
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 language spoken at home by the population of CAD West in 2011 compared to the City of Adelaide shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who spoke English only, and a larger proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 28.0% of the population spoke English only, and 52.9% spoke a non-English language, compared with 58.0% and 31.6% respectively for the City of Adelaide.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in CAD West was Mandarin, with 20.7% of the population, or 630 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of CAD West and the City of Adelaide in 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (20.7% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Cantonese at home (8.3% compared to 3.4%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Chinese, nfd at home (3.1% compared to 1.2%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Korean at home (3.2% compared to 1.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 944 or 142.0%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 351 or 69.9%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in CAD West between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+386 persons)
  • Cantonese (+179 persons)
  • Arabic (+85 persons)
  • Chinese, nfd (+77 persons)

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