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Language spoken at home

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In the Shire of Ashburton, 11% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

The Shire of Ashburton'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.

The Shire of Ashburton'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
Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Filipino/Tagalog2602.01.0570.60.6+203
Australian Indigenous Languages1791.41.81391.41.8+40
Mandarin860.70.4300.30.2+56
Khmer550.40.000.00.0+55
Māori (New Zealand)520.40.1360.40.1+16
Afrikaans480.40.5250.30.5+23
Spanish430.30.1150.20.1+28
German430.30.3270.30.3+16
Italian410.30.5270.30.6+14
Indonesian410.30.2390.40.1+2
Thai360.30.2290.30.1+7
Korean340.30.170.10.1+27
Hindi320.20.1140.10.1+18
French310.20.2220.20.1+9
Arabic280.20.1150.20.1+13
Tamil270.20.100.00.0+27
Cantonese230.20.1120.10.1+11
Russian220.20.030.00.0+19
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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
Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only9,39572.181.77,85078.584.5+1,545
Non-English total1,48811.48.37107.17.2+778
Not stated2,14516.510.01,44214.48.3+703

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 Filipino/Tagalog, Regional WA: 1.0% Australian Indigenous Languages, Regional WA: 1.8% Mandarin, Regional WA: 0.4% Khmer, Regional WA: 0.0% Māori (New Zealand), Regional WA: 0.1% Afrikaans, Regional WA: 0.5% Spanish, Regional WA: 0.1% German, Regional WA: 0.3% Italian, Regional WA: 0.5% Indonesian, Regional WA: 0.2% Filipino/Tagalog, Shire of Ashburton: 2.0% Australian Indigenous Languages, Shire of Ashburton: 1.4% Mandarin, Shire of Ashburton: 0.7% Khmer, Shire of Ashburton: 0.4% Māori (New Zealand), Shire of Ashburton: 0.4% Afrikaans, Shire of Ashburton: 0.4% Spanish, Shire of Ashburton: 0.3% German, Shire of Ashburton: 0.3% Italian, Shire of Ashburton: 0.3% Indonesian, Shire of Ashburton: 0.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Filipino/Tagalog, Shire of Ashburton: +203 Australian Indigenous Languages, Shire of Ashburton: +40 Mandarin, Shire of Ashburton: +56 Khmer, Shire of Ashburton: +55 Māori (New Zealand), Shire of Ashburton: +16 Afrikaans, Shire of Ashburton: +23 Spanish, Shire of Ashburton: +28 German, Shire of Ashburton: +16 Italian, Shire of Ashburton: +14 Indonesian, Shire of Ashburton: +2
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 the Shire of Ashburton in 2016 compared to Regional WA 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, 72.1% of the population spoke English only, and 11.4% spoke a non-English language, compared with 81.7% and 8.3% respectively for Regional WA.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the Shire of Ashburton was Filipino/Tagalog, with 2.0% of the population, or 260 people speaking this language at home.

The major difference between the languages spoken at home for the population of the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA in 2016 was:

  • A larger percentage speaking Filipino/Tagalog at home (2.0% compared to 1.0%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 778 or 109.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 1,545 or 19.7%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the Shire of Ashburton between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

  • Filipino/Tagalog (+203 persons)
  • Mandarin (+56 persons)
  • Khmer (+55 persons)

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