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South West Overlay

Language spoken at home

In South West Overlay, 36% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

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.

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 - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Mandarin
29712.410.122910.76.6+68
map this data in atlas.idCantonese1034.33.4803.72.7+23
Greek
451.91.2542.51.5-9
Korean
401.61.4140.71.2+26
map this data in atlas.idArabic361.51.670.30.4+29
Chinese, nfd
281.21.2180.80.5+10
Filipino/Tagalog
261.10.580.40.2+18
Italian
251.11.2311.41.3-6

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)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only1,39358.058.01,20356.162.1+190
Non-English total85635.731.661228.623.8+244
Not stated1516.310.432815.314.1-177

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% Greek, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Korean, City of Adelaide: 1.4% Arabic, City of Adelaide: 1.6% Chinese, nfd, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Adelaide: 0.5% Italian, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Mandarin, South West Overlay: 12.4% Cantonese, South West Overlay: 4.3% Greek, South West Overlay: 1.9% Korean, South West Overlay: 1.6% Arabic, South West Overlay: 1.5% Chinese, nfd, South West Overlay: 1.2% Filipino/Tagalog, South West Overlay: 1.1% Italian, South West Overlay: 1.1%
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, South West Overlay: +68 Cantonese, South West Overlay: +23 Greek, South West Overlay: -9 Korean, South West Overlay: +26 Arabic, South West Overlay: +29 Chinese, nfd, South West Overlay: +10 Filipino/Tagalog, South West Overlay: +18 Italian, South West Overlay: -6
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 South West Overlay in 2011 compared to the City of Adelaide shows that there was a similar 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, 58.0% of the population spoke English only, and 35.7% 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 South West Overlay was Mandarin, with 12.4% of the population, or 297 people speaking this language at home.

The major difference between the languages spoken at home for the population of South West Overlay and the City of Adelaide in 2011 was:

  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (12.4% compared to 10.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 244 or 39.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 190 or 15.8%.

The largest change in the spoken languages of the population in South West Overlay between 2006 and 2011 was for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+68 persons)

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