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In 2011, 28% of people in West Ward, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in West Ward. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, West Ward's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
West Ward - (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idLebanon2,1955.57.11,8875.07.1+308
map this data in atlas.idVietnam1,9534.96.81,7144.56.3+239
United Kingdom
6971.71.37972.11.6-100
China
6371.62.94771.32.4+160
Italy
6151.51.16801.81.2-65
Greece
5661.41.26471.71.4-81
New Zealand
5061.31.35691.51.4-64
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
4161.01.04341.11.0-17
Egypt
3760.90.82760.70.7+100
India
3250.80.92350.60.7+91
Philippines
2740.70.82330.60.7+41
Fiji
1890.50.61660.40.6+23
Cyprus
1710.40.31600.40.4+11
Hong Kong
1690.40.51320.30.5+37
Germany
1680.40.32030.50.4-35
Iraq
1570.40.6680.20.4+89
Indonesia
1440.40.51070.30.4+37
Malta
1410.40.21300.30.3+11
Poland
1320.30.31670.40.4-35
Syria
1230.30.5740.20.4+49
Croatia
1070.30.21150.30.3-8
Malaysia
1050.30.3920.20.3+13
Mauritius
990.20.2890.20.2+10
Samoa
960.20.3940.20.3+2
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)
910.20.2860.20.2+5
Chile
860.20.2740.20.2+12
Ireland
810.20.2850.20.2-4
South Korea
770.20.6720.20.6+5
Thailand
680.20.2630.20.2+5
Pakistan
680.20.5360.10.3+33
Turkey
630.20.2710.20.2-8
South Africa
620.20.2850.20.2-23
Cambodia
540.10.2400.10.2+14
United States of America
530.10.1500.10.1+3
Portugal
490.10.2420.10.2+7
Austria
480.10.1190.10.1+29
Jordan
480.10.2410.10.2+7
Cook Islands
470.10.1140.00.1+33
Singapore
470.10.1490.10.1-2
Tonga
460.10.2250.10.1+21
Netherlands
450.10.1380.10.1+7
Slovenia
430.10.1430.10.10
Afghanistan
420.10.230.00.1+39
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
West Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born12,48131.237.611,44630.235.8+1,034
map this data in atlas.idNon-English speaking backgrounds11,06027.634.59,83926.032.2+1,221
Main English speaking countries
1,4213.53.11,6074.23.6-186
Australia
25,30163.256.224,21363.956.7+1,088
Not stated
2,2565.66.22,2125.87.6+44

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

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 Lebanon, Bankstown City: 7.1% Vietnam, Bankstown City: 6.8% United Kingdom, Bankstown City: 1.3% China, Bankstown City: 2.9% Italy, Bankstown City: 1.1% Greece, Bankstown City: 1.2% New Zealand, Bankstown City: 1.3% Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bankstown City: 1.0% Egypt, Bankstown City: 0.8% India, Bankstown City: 0.9% Lebanon, West Ward: 5.5% Vietnam, West Ward: 4.9% United Kingdom, West Ward: 1.7% China, West Ward: 1.6% Italy, West Ward: 1.5% Greece, West Ward: 1.4% New Zealand, West Ward: 1.3% Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, West Ward: 1.0% Egypt, West Ward: 0.9% India, West Ward: 0.8%
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 birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 Lebanon, West Ward: +308 Vietnam, West Ward: +239 United Kingdom, West Ward: -100 China, West Ward: +160 Italy, West Ward: -65 Greece, West Ward: -81 New Zealand, West Ward: -64 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, West Ward: -17 Egypt, West Ward: +100 India, West Ward: +91
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 country of birth of the population in West Ward in 2011 compared to Bankstown City shows that there was a smaller proportion of people born overseas, as well as a smaller proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 31.2% of the population was born overseas, and 27.6% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 37.6% and 34.5% respectively for Bankstown City.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in West Ward was Lebanon, where 5.5% of the population, or 2,195 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in West Ward and Bankstown City were:

  • A smaller percentage of people born in Vietnam (4.9% compared to 6.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in Lebanon (5.5% compared to 7.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in China (1.6% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 1,035 or 9.0%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 1,221 or 12.4%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • Lebanon (+308 persons)
  • Vietnam (+239 persons)
  • China (+160 persons)
  • Egypt (+100 persons)

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