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Sunshine North

Language spoken at home

In Sunshine North, 68% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

Sunshine 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.

Sunshine 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.

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 North - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese3,36531.614.22,89728.512.6+468
map this data in atlas.idMaltese6115.73.37217.14.0-110
Cantonese
5865.52.46196.12.4-33
map this data in atlas.idItalian3773.53.24324.33.8-55
Spanish
1981.91.62252.21.9-27
Greek
1741.63.21961.93.7-22
Arabic
1711.62.31351.32.2+36
Filipino/Tagalog
1341.32.71281.32.3+6
Punjabi
1331.22.3190.20.6+114
Polish
1261.20.91891.91.2-63
Croatian
1151.12.21341.32.7-19
Mandarin
1071.01.1560.60.7+51
Turkish
960.91.5780.81.8+18
Hindi
690.61.0180.20.6+51
Dinka
490.50.6860.80.5-37
Hakka
480.50.6370.40.6+11
Burmese
430.40.100.00.0+43
Urdu
420.40.570.10.2+35
Karen
400.40.100.00.0+40
Chinese, nfd
390.40.1120.10.1+27
Serbian
360.31.0550.51.2-19
Macedonian
300.32.9610.63.5-31
Tigrinya
300.30.1--------
Somali
280.30.1220.20.1+6
Persian/Dari
280.30.100.00.1+28
Swahili
260.20.1150.10.0+11
Ukrainian
250.20.2380.40.3-13
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
240.20.1670.70.1-43
Tamil
240.20.3210.20.2+3
Sinhalese
230.20.5200.20.4+3
German
220.20.3220.20.40
Amharic
210.20.3160.20.2+5
Telugu
210.20.230.00.1+18
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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 North - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only2,72525.637.92,96429.240.7-239
Non-English total7,26668.356.26,75566.553.7+511
Not stated6516.15.94324.35.5+219

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, City of Brimbank: 14.2% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 3.3% Cantonese, City of Brimbank: 2.4% Italian, City of Brimbank: 3.2% Spanish, City of Brimbank: 1.6% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.2% Arabic, City of Brimbank: 2.3% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Punjabi, City of Brimbank: 2.3% Polish, City of Brimbank: 0.9% Vietnamese, Sunshine North: 31.6% Maltese, Sunshine North: 5.7% Cantonese, Sunshine North: 5.5% Italian, Sunshine North: 3.5% Spanish, Sunshine North: 1.9% Greek, Sunshine North: 1.6% Arabic, Sunshine North: 1.6% Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine North: 1.3% Punjabi, Sunshine North: 1.2% Polish, Sunshine North: 1.2%
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, Sunshine North: +468 Maltese, Sunshine North: -110 Cantonese, Sunshine North: -33 Italian, Sunshine North: -55 Spanish, Sunshine North: -27 Greek, Sunshine North: -22 Arabic, Sunshine North: +36 Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine North: +6 Punjabi, Sunshine North: +114 Polish, Sunshine North: -63
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 Sunshine North in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank 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, 25.6% of the population spoke English only, and 68.3% spoke a non-English language, compared with 37.9% and 56.2% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Sunshine North was Vietnamese, with 31.6% of the population, or 3,365 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (31.6% compared to 14.2%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Cantonese at home (5.5% compared to 2.4%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Maltese at home (5.7% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Macedonian at home (0.3% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 511 or 7.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 239 or 8.1%.

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

  • Vietnamese (+468 persons)
  • Punjabi (+114 persons)
  • Maltese (-110 persons)
  • Polish (-63 persons)

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