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In Sefton, 65% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

Sefton'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.

Sefton'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
Sefton - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idArabic1,12722.021.276116.019.3+366
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese85216.69.169314.68.3+159
Cantonese
3486.83.23317.03.2+17
Mandarin
1142.22.31062.21.9+9
Greek
761.53.6881.93.8-12
Turkish
701.40.4571.20.3+13
Persian/Dari
691.30.3220.50.1+47
Italian
521.01.7651.41.9-13
Tongan
501.00.3250.50.2+25
Samoan
400.80.5451.00.5-5
Urdu
370.70.8200.40.5+17
Korean
370.70.7330.70.8+4
Polish
370.70.4350.70.5+2
Filipino/Tagalog
340.70.7140.30.5+20
Spanish
310.60.8430.90.7-12
Croatian
240.50.4390.80.4-15
German
210.40.2160.30.2+5
Khmer
200.40.1230.50.1-3
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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
Sefton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only1,58530.939.71,75036.943.5-165
Non-English total3,32364.854.72,69956.950.5+624
Not stated2214.35.62966.26.0-74

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, Bankstown City: 21.2% Vietnamese, Bankstown City: 9.1% Cantonese, Bankstown City: 3.2% Mandarin, Bankstown City: 2.3% Greek, Bankstown City: 3.6% Turkish, Bankstown City: 0.4% Persian/Dari, Bankstown City: 0.3% Italian, Bankstown City: 1.7% Tongan, Bankstown City: 0.3% Samoan, Bankstown City: 0.5% Arabic, Sefton: 22.0% Vietnamese, Sefton: 16.6% Cantonese, Sefton: 6.8% Mandarin, Sefton: 2.2% Greek, Sefton: 1.5% Turkish, Sefton: 1.4% Persian/Dari, Sefton: 1.3% Italian, Sefton: 1.0% Tongan, Sefton: 1.0% Samoan, Sefton: 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 language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011 Arabic, Sefton: +366 Vietnamese, Sefton: +159 Cantonese, Sefton: +17 Mandarin, Sefton: +9 Greek, Sefton: -12 Turkish, Sefton: +13 Persian/Dari, Sefton: +47 Italian, Sefton: -13 Tongan, Sefton: +25 Samoan, Sefton: -5
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 Sefton in 2011 compared to Bankstown City 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, 30.9% of the population spoke English only, and 64.8% spoke a non-English language, compared with 39.7% and 54.7% respectively for Bankstown City.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Sefton was Arabic, with 22.0% of the population, or 1,127 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (16.6% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Cantonese at home (6.8% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Persian/Dari at home (1.3% compared to 0.3%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Greek at home (1.5% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 624 or 23.1%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 165 or 9.4%.

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

  • Arabic (+366 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+159 persons)

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