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Surrey Hills

Language spoken at home

In Surrey Hills, 16% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

Surrey Hills'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.

Surrey Hills'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
Surrey Hills - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Mandarin2973.65.01962.43.4+101
Greek1802.23.21622.03.2+18
Cantonese1091.33.01371.73.1-28
Italian971.22.0981.22.2-1
Hindi460.50.7210.30.6+24
German460.50.4340.40.4+11
Vietnamese450.50.9220.30.7+22
French320.40.5230.30.4+10
Gujarati310.40.680.10.4+23
Chinese, nfd300.40.340.10.2+25
Indonesian300.40.4240.30.4+6
Latvian270.30.1180.20.1+10
Spanish270.30.480.10.3+20
Sinhalese240.30.390.10.2+15
Hungarian230.30.1100.10.2+13
Dutch200.20.190.10.1+11
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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
Surrey Hills - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only6,83982.172.96,96784.275.0-128
Non-English total1,29215.523.51,05712.820.5+235
Not stated2042.43.62503.04.6-47

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 Mandarin, City of Boroondara: 5.0% Greek, City of Boroondara: 3.2% Cantonese, City of Boroondara: 3.0% Italian, City of Boroondara: 2.0% Hindi, City of Boroondara: 0.7% German, City of Boroondara: 0.4% Vietnamese, City of Boroondara: 0.9% French, City of Boroondara: 0.5% Gujarati, City of Boroondara: 0.6% Chinese, nfd, City of Boroondara: 0.3% Mandarin, Surrey Hills: 3.6% Greek, Surrey Hills: 2.2% Cantonese, Surrey Hills: 1.3% Italian, Surrey Hills: 1.2% Hindi, Surrey Hills: 0.5% German, Surrey Hills: 0.5% Vietnamese, Surrey Hills: 0.5% French, Surrey Hills: 0.4% Gujarati, Surrey Hills: 0.4% Chinese, nfd, Surrey Hills: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011 Mandarin, Surrey Hills: +101 Greek, Surrey Hills: +18 Cantonese, Surrey Hills: -28 Italian, Surrey Hills: -1 Hindi, Surrey Hills: +24 German, Surrey Hills: +11 Vietnamese, Surrey Hills: +22 French, Surrey Hills: +10 Gujarati, Surrey Hills: +23 Chinese, nfd, Surrey Hills: +25
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 Surrey Hills in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara 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, 82.1% of the population spoke English only, and 15.5% spoke a non-English language, compared with 72.9% and 23.5% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Surrey Hills was Mandarin, with 3.6% of the population, or 297 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Surrey Hills and the City of Boroondara in 2011 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (1.3% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (3.6% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Greek at home (2.2% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 235 or 22.2%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 128 or 1.8%.

The largest change in the spoken languages of the population in Surrey Hills between 2006 and 2011 was for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+101 persons)

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