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Balwyn North

Language spoken at home

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In Balwyn North, 42% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

Balwyn North'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.

Balwyn North'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
Balwyn North - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Mandarin2,82414.18.21,6958.55.0+1,129
Cantonese1,3897.03.01,4087.13.0-19
Greek1,2266.12.81,2436.23.2-17
Italian5872.91.77043.52.0-117
Vietnamese3231.61.22541.30.9+69
Hindi1600.80.81460.70.7+13
Sinhalese1260.60.4890.50.3+37
Korean1220.60.41390.70.4-17
Indonesian1130.60.4670.30.4+47
Persian/Dari1080.50.4870.40.3+22
Arabic1020.50.51250.60.4-24
Gujarati910.50.5670.30.6+24
Tamil850.40.4850.40.30
Spanish770.40.6540.30.4+24
Japanese700.40.3700.40.30
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)690.30.2820.40.2-13
Punjabi680.30.2500.30.2+18
French660.30.6820.40.5-16
Macedonian640.30.1640.30.10
Malayalam580.30.1160.10.1+42
Turkish530.30.1500.30.1+3
German480.20.4680.30.4-19
Chinese, nfd450.20.2550.30.3-11
Filipino/Tagalog360.20.2190.10.1+17
Urdu360.20.1200.10.1+16
Serbian280.10.1600.30.1-32
Portuguese260.10.1120.10.1+14
Kannada240.10.160.00.0+18
Russian230.10.2350.20.2-12
Hungarian210.10.1300.20.1-10
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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
Balwyn North - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only10,81254.268.112,12460.772.9-1,312
Non-English total8,41342.227.27,32936.723.5+1,085
Not stated7343.74.65062.53.6+228

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, 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% Sinhalese, City of Boroondara: 0.4% Korean, City of Boroondara: 0.4% Indonesian, City of Boroondara: 0.4% Persian/Dari, City of Boroondara: 0.4% Mandarin, Balwyn North: 14.1% Cantonese, Balwyn North: 7.0% Greek, Balwyn North: 6.1% Italian, Balwyn North: 2.9% Vietnamese, Balwyn North: 1.6% Hindi, Balwyn North: 0.8% Sinhalese, Balwyn North: 0.6% Korean, Balwyn North: 0.6% Indonesian, Balwyn North: 0.6% Persian/Dari, Balwyn North: 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, Balwyn North: +1,129 Cantonese, Balwyn North: -19 Greek, Balwyn North: -17 Italian, Balwyn North: -117 Vietnamese, Balwyn North: +69 Hindi, Balwyn North: +13 Sinhalese, Balwyn North: +37 Korean, Balwyn North: -17 Indonesian, Balwyn North: +47 Persian/Dari, Balwyn North: +22
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 Balwyn North in 2016 compared to the City of Boroondara 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, 54.2% of the population spoke English only, and 42.2% spoke a non-English language, compared with 68.1% and 27.2% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Balwyn North was Mandarin, with 14.1% of the population, or 2,824 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (14.1% compared to 8.2%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Cantonese at home (7.0% compared to 3.0%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (6.1% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Italian at home (2.9% compared to 1.7%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 1,084 or 14.8%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 1,312 or 10.8%.

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

  • Mandarin (+1,129 persons)
  • Italian (-117 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+69 persons)

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