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Proficiency in English

In the City of Adelaide, 801 people who were able to speak another language in 2011, reported difficulty speaking English.

Proficiency in English measures the self-assessed proficiency in spoken English of people who speak a language other than English at home. The data, when viewed with other ethnic and cultural indicators, such as Ancestry, Country of Birth, Language Spoken at Home and Religion, reflects the City of Adelaide's ethnic composition and how long the overseas born have been in Australia. This helps service providers determine whether they need to communicate with the local population in languages other than English.

Derived from the Census question:

'How well does the person speak English?'

Total population

Proficiency in English
City of Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only11,40058.078.810,34062.181.0+1,060
Speaks another language, and English well or very well5,41727.614.43,50221.012.1+1,915
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all8014.13.04662.82.6+335
Not stated2,02110.33.72,35014.14.3-329

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

Proficiency in English, 2011
Proficiency in English, 2011 Not stated, Greater Adelaide: 3.7% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Adelaide: 3.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Adelaide: 14.4% Speaks English only, Greater Adelaide: 78.8% Not stated, City of Adelaide: 10.3% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Adelaide: 4.1% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Adelaide: 27.6% Speaks English only, City of Adelaide: 58.0%
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 Proficiency in English, 2006 to 2011
Change in Proficiency in English, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, City of Adelaide: -329 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Adelaide: +335 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Adelaide: +1,915 Speaks English only, City of Adelaide: +1,060
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 proficiency in English data of the population in the City of Adelaide in 2011 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a lower proportion of people who spoke English only, and a higher proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 58.0% of people spoke English only, and 4.1% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 78.8% and 3.0% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+1,915 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+1,060 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+335 persons)

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