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Language spoken at home

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In the City of Boroondara, 27% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

The City of Boroondara'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 City of Boroondara'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
City of Boroondara - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Mandarin13,7008.24.17,9965.02.5+5,704
Cantonese4,9453.01.74,7843.01.8+161
Greek4,7602.82.45,1253.22.8-365
Italian2,7771.72.33,1822.02.8-405
Vietnamese2,0541.22.31,5120.92.1+542
Hindi1,3980.81.11,1200.70.8+278
French1,0310.60.47570.50.4+274
Spanish9690.60.86710.40.7+298
Arabic9050.51.76090.41.6+296
Gujarati8680.50.31,0290.60.2-161
Korean7140.40.36780.40.3+36
Indonesian7000.40.46400.40.3+60
German6760.40.46370.40.4+39
Persian/Dari6740.40.84520.30.4+222
Sinhalese6440.40.85450.30.7+99
Tamil5960.40.64090.30.4+187
Japanese5470.30.25330.30.2+14
Thai3950.20.24020.30.2-7
Chinese, nfd3680.20.14350.30.2-67
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)3640.20.13280.20.1+36
Filipino/Tagalog3540.20.82340.10.7+120
Russian3220.20.42650.20.4+57
Polish3220.20.33730.20.4-51
Punjabi2960.21.22590.20.7+37
Malayalam2430.10.31280.10.2+115
Macedonian2400.10.62350.10.7+5
Urdu2380.10.51640.10.3+74
Bengali2240.10.21470.10.2+77
Turkish2220.10.71640.10.8+58
Telugu2190.10.31390.10.2+80
Croatian2170.10.42400.20.5-23
Marathi2140.10.11320.10.1+82
Non-verbal so described2090.10.21660.10.1+43
Hungarian1990.10.12290.10.2-30
Portuguese1820.10.21140.10.1+68
Serbian1650.10.41930.10.4-28
Dutch1610.10.12330.10.2-72
Kannada1330.10.1690.00.1+64
Nepali1280.10.2460.00.1+82
Hebrew1220.10.11260.10.1-4
Wu1190.10.0870.10.0+32
Afrikaans1120.10.1820.10.1+30
Malay1020.10.11140.10.1-12
Latvian910.10.01120.10.0-21
Swedish830.00.0790.00.0+4
Hakka700.00.1920.10.1-22
Slovene620.00.0680.00.0-6
Maltese620.00.4500.00.4+12
Ukrainian550.00.1640.00.1-9
Romanian540.00.1670.00.1-13
Czech540.00.0690.00.0-15
Auslan490.00.1260.00.0+23
Khmer430.00.3240.00.3+19
Danish410.00.0460.00.0-5
Fijian360.00.090.00.0+27
Armenian350.00.0340.00.0+1
Burmese340.00.1310.00.1+3
Kurdish340.00.0120.00.0+22
Albanian300.00.1210.00.2+9
Bulgarian290.00.0150.00.0+14
Finnish290.00.0320.00.0-3
Serbo-Croatian Yugoslavian, so described270.00.0220.00.0+5
Assyrian/Aramaic260.00.3190.00.2+7
Bosnian250.00.1330.00.1-8
Samoan250.00.2310.00.2-6
Tongan250.00.1270.00.0-2
Swahili220.00.0220.00.00
Slovak210.00.0230.00.0-2
Norwegian200.00.0190.00.0+1
Māori (New Zealand)190.00.030.00.0+16
Yiddish190.00.0170.00.0+2
Nuer180.00.0170.00.0+1
Estonian160.00.070.00.0+9
Shona140.00.0220.00.0-8
Pashto110.00.190.00.1+2
Amharic110.00.140.00.1+7
Lao100.00.0180.00.0-8
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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
City of Boroondara - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only113,88668.162.0115,99272.966.4-2,106
Non-English total45,56827.232.337,45023.529.0+8,118
Not stated7,7704.65.65,7393.64.6+2,031

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 Mandarin, Greater Melbourne: 4.1% Cantonese, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.4% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Hindi, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% French, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Spanish, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Arabic, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Gujarati, Greater Melbourne: 0.3% Mandarin, City of Boroondara: 8.2% Cantonese, City of Boroondara: 3.0% Greek, City of Boroondara: 2.8% Italian, City of Boroondara: 1.7% Vietnamese, City of Boroondara: 1.2% Hindi, City of Boroondara: 0.8% French, City of Boroondara: 0.6% Spanish, City of Boroondara: 0.6% Arabic, City of Boroondara: 0.5% Gujarati, City of Boroondara: 0.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Mandarin, City of Boroondara: +5,704 Cantonese, City of Boroondara: +161 Greek, City of Boroondara: -365 Italian, City of Boroondara: -405 Vietnamese, City of Boroondara: +542 Hindi, City of Boroondara: +278 French, City of Boroondara: +274 Spanish, City of Boroondara: +298 Arabic, City of Boroondara: +296 Gujarati, City of Boroondara: -161
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 City of Boroondara in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 68.1% of the population spoke English only, and 27.2% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.0% and 32.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of Boroondara was Mandarin, with 8.2% of the population, or 13,700 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the City of Boroondara and Greater Melbourne in 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (8.2% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Cantonese at home (3.0% compared to 1.7%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (0.5% compared to 1.7%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (1.2% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 8,118 or 21.7%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 2,106 or 1.8%.

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

  • Mandarin (+5,704 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+542 persons)
  • Italian (-405 persons)
  • Greek (-365 persons)

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