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West Ward

Language spoken at home

In West Ward, 45% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

West Ward'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.

West Ward'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
West Ward - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idArabic6,34815.821.25,20913.819.3+1,139
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese2,8037.09.12,4216.48.3+381
Greek
1,8264.63.61,8524.93.8-26
Italian
9922.51.71,1273.01.9-135
Cantonese
8432.13.26981.83.2+145
Macedonian
8092.01.87422.01.8+67
Mandarin
5011.32.34061.11.9+94
Spanish
2900.70.82220.60.7+68
Hindi
2290.60.71700.40.6+59
Filipino/Tagalog
2120.50.71570.40.5+55
Samoan
1760.40.51650.40.5+11
Indonesian
1650.40.61000.30.4+65
Polish
1580.40.41970.50.5-39
Croatian
1560.40.41460.40.4+10
Korean
1250.30.71210.30.8+4
Assyrian/Aramaic
1220.30.1990.30.1+23
Maltese
1180.30.21260.30.2-8
Urdu
1090.30.8750.20.5+34
German
1080.30.21160.30.2-8
Serbian
1060.30.2940.20.2+12
Tongan
1000.20.3510.10.2+49
Punjabi
970.20.2860.20.2+11
French
930.20.31000.30.2-7
Turkish
870.20.4700.20.3+17
Portuguese
720.20.3480.10.2+24
Thai
630.20.2500.10.1+13
Bosnian
600.10.1230.10.1+37
Non-verbal so described
520.10.2850.20.2-33
Bengali
510.10.4120.00.1+39
Malayalam
480.10.1100.00.1+38
Persian/Dari
480.10.3230.10.1+25
Fijian
440.10.1260.10.1+18
Chinese, nfd
430.10.1220.10.1+21
Ukrainian
410.10.1470.10.1-6
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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
West Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only20,23150.539.720,64954.543.5-417
Non-English total17,85044.654.715,59741.250.5+2,254
Not stated1,9744.95.61,6244.36.0+350

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% Greek, Bankstown City: 3.6% Italian, Bankstown City: 1.7% Cantonese, Bankstown City: 3.2% Macedonian, Bankstown City: 1.8% Mandarin, Bankstown City: 2.3% Spanish, Bankstown City: 0.8% Hindi, Bankstown City: 0.7% Filipino/Tagalog, Bankstown City: 0.7% Arabic, West Ward: 15.8% Vietnamese, West Ward: 7.0% Greek, West Ward: 4.6% Italian, West Ward: 2.5% Cantonese, West Ward: 2.1% Macedonian, West Ward: 2.0% Mandarin, West Ward: 1.3% Spanish, West Ward: 0.7% Hindi, West Ward: 0.6% Filipino/Tagalog, West Ward: 0.5%
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, West Ward: +1,139 Vietnamese, West Ward: +381 Greek, West Ward: -26 Italian, West Ward: -135 Cantonese, West Ward: +145 Macedonian, West Ward: +67 Mandarin, West Ward: +94 Spanish, West Ward: +68 Hindi, West Ward: +59 Filipino/Tagalog, West Ward: +55
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 West Ward in 2011 compared to Bankstown City shows that there was a larger proportion of people who spoke English only, and a smaller proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 50.5% of the population spoke English only, and 44.6% 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 West Ward was Arabic, with 15.8% of the population, or 6,348 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (15.8% compared to 21.2%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (7.0% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (2.1% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (1.3% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 2,253 or 14.4%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 418 or 2.0%.

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

  • Arabic (+1,139 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+381 persons)
  • Cantonese (+145 persons)
  • Italian (-135 persons)

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