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Language spoken at home

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In Sunshine, 56% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

Sunshine'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.

Sunshine'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
Sunshine - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese1,57616.316.21,24414.114.2+332
Punjabi
3293.42.93223.62.3+7
Cantonese
2492.62.12192.52.4+30
Greek
2272.42.72412.73.2-14
Mandarin
2132.21.51131.31.1+100
Nepali
1922.00.3961.10.2+96
map this data in atlas.idItalian1751.82.52202.53.2-45
Chin Haka
1681.70.3500.60.0+118
Filipino/Tagalog
1661.72.71481.72.7+18
Hindi
1551.61.21281.41.0+27
Persian/Dari
1201.20.5300.30.1+90
Spanish
1201.21.51021.21.6+18
Tamil
1191.20.7790.90.3+40
Burmese
1151.20.3630.70.1+52
Bengali
1071.10.3810.90.3+26
Arabic
1051.12.21521.72.3-47
Croatian
941.01.8861.02.2+8
Urdu
830.90.7210.20.5+62
Macedonian
640.72.4640.72.90
Polish
620.60.7901.00.9-28
Pashto
600.60.380.10.1+52
map this data in atlas.idMaltese590.62.6630.73.3-4
Turkish
570.61.2670.81.5-10
Amharic
450.50.4440.50.3+1
Thai
340.40.2270.30.1+7
Sinhalese
260.30.5410.50.5-15
Hakka
260.30.5370.40.6-11
Kurdish
250.30.1150.20.0+10
Telugu
250.30.3180.20.2+7
Japanese
210.20.1110.10.1+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
Sunshine - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
3,49036.235.73,56740.437.9-77
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total5,45056.558.44,62552.356.2+825
Not stated
7107.45.96437.35.9+67

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 Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 16.2% Punjabi, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Cantonese, City of Brimbank: 2.1% Greek, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Mandarin, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Nepali, City of Brimbank: 0.3% Italian, City of Brimbank: 2.5% Chin Haka, City of Brimbank: 0.3% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Hindi, City of Brimbank: 1.2% Vietnamese, Sunshine: 16.3% Punjabi, Sunshine: 3.4% Cantonese, Sunshine: 2.6% Greek, Sunshine: 2.4% Mandarin, Sunshine: 2.2% Nepali, Sunshine: 2.0% Italian, Sunshine: 1.8% Chin Haka, Sunshine: 1.7% Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine: 1.7% Hindi, Sunshine: 1.6%
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 Vietnamese, Sunshine: +332 Punjabi, Sunshine: +7 Cantonese, Sunshine: +30 Greek, Sunshine: -14 Mandarin, Sunshine: +100 Nepali, Sunshine: +96 Italian, Sunshine: -45 Chin Haka, Sunshine: +118 Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine: +18 Hindi, Sunshine: +27
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 Sunshine in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank 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, 36.2% of the population spoke English only, and 56.5% spoke a non-English language, compared with 35.7% and 58.4% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Sunshine was Vietnamese, with 16.3% of the population, or 1,576 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Sunshine and City of Brimbank in 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Nepali at home (2.0% compared to 0.3%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Chin Haka at home (1.7% compared to 0.3%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Maltese at home (0.6% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Macedonian at home (0.7% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 825 or 17.8%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 77 or 2.2%.

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

  • Vietnamese (+332 persons)
  • Chin Haka (+118 persons)
  • Mandarin (+100 persons)
  • Nepali (+96 persons)

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