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South West Overlay

Language spoken at home

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In South West Overlay, 42% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

South West Overlay'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.

South West Overlay'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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual language groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

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
South West Overlay - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Mandarin
65320.314.629712.410.1+356
map this data in atlas.idCantonese1364.33.61024.33.4+34
Korean
842.61.4391.61.4+45
Portuguese
451.40.7120.50.1+34
Greek
421.31.0451.91.2-3
Hindi
351.10.8140.60.7+22
Italian
311.01.1251.11.2+6
Filipino/Tagalog
280.90.5261.10.5+2
Vietnamese
280.91.1110.50.6+17
map this data in atlas.idArabic270.91.5361.51.6-9
Chinese, nfd
250.81.0281.21.2-2

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
South West Overlay - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
1,57148.852.71,39358.058.0+178
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total1,35442.136.385635.731.6+498
Not stated
2929.111.01516.310.4+141

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Language spoken at home, 2016
Language spoken at home, 2016 Mandarin, City of Adelaide: 14.6% Cantonese, City of Adelaide: 3.6% Korean, City of Adelaide: 1.4% Portuguese, City of Adelaide: 0.7% Greek, City of Adelaide: 1.0% Hindi, City of Adelaide: 0.8% Italian, City of Adelaide: 1.1% Vietnamese, City of Adelaide: 1.1% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Adelaide: 0.5% Arabic, City of Adelaide: 1.5% Mandarin, South West Overlay: 20.3% Cantonese, South West Overlay: 4.3% Korean, South West Overlay: 2.6% Portuguese, South West Overlay: 1.4% Greek, South West Overlay: 1.3% Hindi, South West Overlay: 1.1% Italian, South West Overlay: 1.0% Vietnamese, South West Overlay: 0.9% Filipino/Tagalog, South West Overlay: 0.9% Arabic, South West Overlay: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Mandarin, South West Overlay: +356 Cantonese, South West Overlay: +34 Korean, South West Overlay: +45 Portuguese, South West Overlay: +34 Greek, South West Overlay: -3 Hindi, South West Overlay: +22 Italian, South West Overlay: +6 Vietnamese, South West Overlay: +17 Filipino/Tagalog, South West Overlay: +2 Arabic, South West Overlay: -9
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 South West Overlay in 2016 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, 48.8% of the population spoke English only, and 42.1% spoke a non-English language, compared with 52.7% and 36.3% respectively for the City of Adelaide.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in South West Overlay was Mandarin, with 20.3% of the population, or 653 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of South West Overlay and the City of Adelaide in 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (20.3% compared to 14.6%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Korean at home (2.6% compared to 1.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 498 or 58.2%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 178 or 12.8%.

The largest change in the spoken languages of the population in South West Overlay between 2011 and 2016 was for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+356 persons)

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