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Language spoken at home

In the City of Brimbank, 56% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The City of Brimbank'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 Brimbank'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
City of Brimbank - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese25,99514.22.121,14412.61.9+4,851
map this data in atlas.idMaltese5,9743.30.46,7814.00.5-807
map this data in atlas.idItalian5,7783.22.86,3723.83.3-594
Greek
5,7683.22.86,1553.73.1-387
Macedonian
5,2542.90.75,8193.50.8-565
Filipino/Tagalog
4,9752.70.73,9242.30.6+1,051
Cantonese
4,3242.41.84,0692.41.8+255
Arabic
4,2182.31.63,7832.21.5+435
Punjabi
4,1262.30.71,0180.60.2+3,108
Croatian
3,9622.20.54,5882.70.5-626
Spanish
2,9591.60.73,1231.90.6-164
Turkish
2,7401.50.82,9471.80.8-207
Mandarin
2,0741.12.51,1540.71.7+920
Serbian
1,8641.00.41,9451.20.4-81
Hindi
1,8171.00.89520.60.5+865
Polish
1,5920.90.42,0071.20.4-415
Bosnian
1,1890.70.11,2990.80.2-110
Hakka
1,0690.60.11,0310.60.1+38
Dinka
1,0090.60.18870.50.1+122
Sinhalese
9750.50.76640.40.5+311
Albanian
9440.50.21,0040.60.1-60
Samoan
8880.50.25860.30.1+302
Urdu
8230.50.33500.20.1+473
Tamil
6380.30.43840.20.3+254
German
5800.30.46750.40.4-95
Amharic
4790.30.12620.20.0+217
Bengali
4790.30.21680.10.1+311
Lao
3970.20.03730.20.0+24
Ukrainian
3850.20.14980.30.1-113
Malayalam
3720.20.21220.10.1+250
Telugu
3540.20.21130.10.1+241
Tongan
3390.20.02550.20.0+84
Non-verbal so described
3270.20.13140.20.2+13
Portuguese
3250.20.13730.20.1-48
Romanian
3040.20.13500.20.1-46
Nepali
2980.20.1320.00.0+266
Indonesian
2750.20.31220.10.3+153
French
2700.10.41840.10.3+86
Hungarian
2630.10.23140.20.2-51
Assyrian/Aramaic
2610.10.21580.10.2+103
Thai
2610.10.21360.10.1+125
Persian/Dari
2580.10.41720.10.2+86
Somali
2140.10.11670.10.1+47
Burmese
2130.10.1250.00.0+188
Tigrinya
2100.10.0--------
Serbo-Croatian Yugoslavian, so described
2060.10.03260.20.1-120
Slovene
2020.10.02100.10.0-8
Russian
2000.10.41750.10.4+25
Chinese, nfd
1970.10.21310.10.1+66
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
1860.10.11890.10.1-3
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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
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only69,22137.966.368,52740.768.5+694
Non-English total102,69256.229.190,35953.726.0+12,333
Not stated10,8195.94.69,3315.55.6+1,488

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 Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Maltese, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.8% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.8% Macedonian, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Cantonese, Greater Melbourne: 1.8% Arabic, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Punjabi, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Croatian, Greater Melbourne: 0.5% Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 14.2% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 3.3% Italian, City of Brimbank: 3.2% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.2% Macedonian, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Cantonese, City of Brimbank: 2.4% Arabic, City of Brimbank: 2.3% Punjabi, City of Brimbank: 2.3% Croatian, City of Brimbank: 2.2%
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 Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: +4,851 Maltese, City of Brimbank: -807 Italian, City of Brimbank: -594 Greek, City of Brimbank: -387 Macedonian, City of Brimbank: -565 Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: +1,051 Cantonese, City of Brimbank: +255 Arabic, City of Brimbank: +435 Punjabi, City of Brimbank: +3,108 Croatian, City of Brimbank: -626
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 the City of Brimbank in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 37.9% of the population spoke English only, and 56.2% spoke a non-English language, compared with 66.3% and 29.1% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of Brimbank was Vietnamese, with 14.2% of the population, or 25,995 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the City of Brimbank and Greater Melbourne in 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (14.2% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Maltese at home (3.3% compared to 0.4%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Macedonian at home (2.9% compared to 0.7%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Filipino/Tagalog at home (2.7% compared to 0.7%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 12,333 or 13.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 694 or 1.0%.

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

  • Vietnamese (+4,851 persons)
  • Punjabi (+3,108 persons)
  • Filipino/Tagalog (+1,051 persons)
  • Mandarin (+920 persons)

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