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Sunshine North

Language spoken at home

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In Sunshine North, 72% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

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.

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 North - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese4,26836.816.23,36531.614.2+903
map this data in atlas.idMaltese5404.72.66115.73.3-71
Cantonese
5254.52.15865.52.4-61
map this data in atlas.idItalian3062.62.53773.53.2-71
Filipino/Tagalog
1741.52.71341.32.7+40
Spanish
1701.51.51981.91.6-28
Arabic
1571.42.21711.62.3-14
Greek
1501.32.71741.63.2-24
Tamil
1261.10.7240.20.3+102
Punjabi
1241.12.91331.22.3-9
Mandarin
1241.11.51071.01.1+17
Croatian
1191.01.81151.12.2+4
Hindi
980.81.2690.61.0+29
Burmese
940.80.3430.40.1+51
Polish
890.80.71261.20.9-37
Persian/Dari
830.70.5280.30.1+55
Chin Haka
820.70.330.00.0+79
Tigrinya
780.70.2300.30.1+48
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
640.60.1240.20.1+40
Urdu
580.50.7420.40.5+16
Turkish
450.41.2960.91.5-51
Serbian
400.30.8360.31.0+4
Hakka
330.30.5480.50.6-15
Pashto
320.30.330.00.1+29
Dinka
320.30.4490.50.6-17
Somali
250.20.2280.30.1-3
Bengali
250.20.3170.20.3+8
Sinhalese
240.20.5230.20.5+1
Thai
230.20.290.10.1+14
Non-verbal so described
230.20.290.10.2+14
Oromo
220.20.170.10.1+15
Samoan
220.20.890.10.5+13
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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)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only2,61422.535.72,72525.637.9-111
Non-English total8,35972.158.47,26668.356.2+1,093
Not stated6255.45.96516.15.9-26

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% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Cantonese, City of Brimbank: 2.1% Italian, City of Brimbank: 2.5% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Spanish, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Arabic, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Greek, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Tamil, City of Brimbank: 0.7% Punjabi, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Vietnamese, Sunshine North: 36.8% Maltese, Sunshine North: 4.7% Cantonese, Sunshine North: 4.5% Italian, Sunshine North: 2.6% Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine North: 1.5% Spanish, Sunshine North: 1.5% Arabic, Sunshine North: 1.4% Greek, Sunshine North: 1.3% Tamil, Sunshine North: 1.1% Punjabi, Sunshine North: 1.1%
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 North: +903 Maltese, Sunshine North: -71 Cantonese, Sunshine North: -61 Italian, Sunshine North: -71 Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine North: +40 Spanish, Sunshine North: -28 Arabic, Sunshine North: -14 Greek, Sunshine North: -24 Tamil, Sunshine North: +102 Punjabi, Sunshine North: -9
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 North in 2016 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, 22.5% of the population spoke English only, and 72.1% 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 North was Vietnamese, with 36.8% of the population, or 4,268 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 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (36.8% compared to 16.2%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Cantonese at home (4.5% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Maltese at home (4.7% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Punjabi at home (1.1% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 1,093 or 15.0%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 111 or 4.1%.

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

  • Vietnamese (+903 persons)
  • Tamil (+102 persons)
  • Chin Haka (+79 persons)
  • Maltese (-71 persons)

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