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Bankstown City
Language spoken at home

In Bankstown City, 55% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

Bankstown City'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.

Bankstown City'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
Bankstown City - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idArabic38,64221.24.132,86619.33.9+5,776
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese16,5999.11.914,0918.31.8+2,508
Greek
6,5643.61.86,5233.81.9+41
Cantonese
5,8443.23.05,3783.23.0+466
Mandarin
4,1482.33.03,2681.92.3+880
Macedonian
3,2641.80.42,9861.80.5+278
Italian
3,0391.71.63,2531.91.7-214
Urdu
1,4970.80.48200.50.2+677
Spanish
1,3760.81.11,2500.71.1+126
Korean
1,3120.71.11,3420.80.9-30
Filipino/Tagalog
1,2460.71.29170.51.1+329
Hindi
1,2370.71.21,0380.60.9+199
Indonesian
1,1110.60.56240.40.4+487
Samoan
9060.50.38640.50.3+42
Bengali
8090.40.52440.10.3+565
Croatian
6980.40.57010.40.5-3
Polish
6610.40.38580.50.3-197
Turkish
6600.40.55560.30.5+104
Tongan
5190.30.23820.20.2+137
French
4770.30.44070.20.3+70
Persian/Dari
4770.30.52450.10.4+232
Portuguese
4580.30.33940.20.3+64
Serbian
3960.20.43840.20.4+12
Punjabi
3910.20.42570.20.2+134
Non-verbal so described
3820.20.14100.20.2-28
German
3800.20.44160.20.4-36
Thai
3030.20.32110.10.2+92
Maltese
2880.20.32860.20.3+2
Russian
2670.10.42430.10.3+24
Chinese, nfd
2580.10.21450.10.1+113
Fijian
2420.10.12000.10.1+42
Assyrian/Aramaic
2280.10.52110.10.4+17
Bosnian
2260.10.11600.10.1+66
Tamil
2250.10.52400.10.4-15
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
2150.10.11910.10.1+24
Malayalam
2030.10.11020.10.1+101
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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
Bankstown City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only72,42539.762.274,19543.564.0-1,770
Non-English total99,79454.732.586,02050.529.2+13,774
Not stated10,1365.65.310,2716.06.8-135

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 Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Macedonian, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Urdu, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Korean, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Arabic, Bankstown City: 21.2% Vietnamese, Bankstown City: 9.1% Greek, Bankstown City: 3.6% Cantonese, Bankstown City: 3.2% Mandarin, Bankstown City: 2.3% Macedonian, Bankstown City: 1.8% Italian, Bankstown City: 1.7% Urdu, Bankstown City: 0.8% Spanish, Bankstown City: 0.8% Korean, Bankstown City: 0.7%
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 Arabic, Bankstown City: +5,776 Vietnamese, Bankstown City: +2,508 Greek, Bankstown City: +41 Cantonese, Bankstown City: +466 Mandarin, Bankstown City: +880 Macedonian, Bankstown City: +278 Italian, Bankstown City: -214 Urdu, Bankstown City: +677 Spanish, Bankstown City: +126 Korean, Bankstown City: -30
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 Bankstown City in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 39.7% of the population spoke English only, and 54.7% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.2% and 32.5% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Bankstown City was Arabic, with 21.2% of the population, or 38,642 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Bankstown City and Greater Sydney in 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (21.2% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (9.1% compared to 1.9%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (3.6% compared to 1.8%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Macedonian at home (1.8% compared to 0.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 13,774 or 16.0%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 1,770 or 2.4%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in Bankstown City between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Arabic (+5,776 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+2,508 persons)
  • Mandarin (+880 persons)
  • Urdu (+677 persons)

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