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Sunshine West

Language spoken at home

In Sunshine West, 64% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

Sunshine West'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 West'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 West - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese3,27219.614.22,92418.412.6+348
Greek
1,2027.23.21,3458.53.7-143
map this data in atlas.idMaltese7854.73.39045.74.0-119
Macedonian
5513.32.96364.03.5-85
map this data in atlas.idItalian5303.23.25743.63.8-44
Turkish
3672.21.53582.31.8+9
Cantonese
3492.12.42981.92.4+51
Filipino/Tagalog
3211.92.73172.02.3+4
Arabic
2961.82.32641.72.2+32
Spanish
2761.61.63222.01.9-46
Mandarin
2421.41.11100.70.7+132
Croatian
2371.42.22431.52.7-6
Punjabi
1771.12.3300.20.6+147
Albanian
1651.00.51601.00.6+5
Hindi
1580.91.01070.70.6+51
Polish
1580.90.91891.21.2-31
Dinka
980.60.61010.60.5-3
Tongan
960.60.2940.60.2+2
Samoan
960.60.5860.50.3+10
Serbian
840.51.0990.61.2-15
Amharic
760.50.3430.30.2+33
Bengali
510.30.3290.20.1+22
Urdu
510.30.570.00.2+44
Somali
460.30.1470.30.1-1
Sinhalese
460.30.5350.20.4+11
French
460.30.1300.20.1+16
Romanian
410.20.2390.20.2+2
Ukrainian
390.20.2680.40.3-29
Thai
390.20.1220.10.1+17
Tigrinya
380.20.1--------
Bosnian
350.20.7380.20.8-3
German
350.20.3530.30.4-18
Karen
320.20.100.00.0+32
Non-verbal so described
320.20.2190.10.2+13
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
310.20.1130.10.1+18
Burmese
280.20.140.00.0+24
Indonesian
270.20.2120.10.1+15
Swahili
260.20.170.00.0+19
Portuguese
250.10.2280.20.2-3
Telugu
230.10.260.00.1+17
Serbo-Croatian Yugoslavian, so described
220.10.1330.20.2-11
Russian
210.10.1240.20.1-3
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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
Sunshine West - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only5,00629.937.94,94331.140.7+63
Non-English total10,76764.456.210,04463.253.7+723
Not stated9575.75.99115.75.5+46

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% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.2% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 3.3% Macedonian, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Italian, City of Brimbank: 3.2% Turkish, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Cantonese, City of Brimbank: 2.4% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Arabic, City of Brimbank: 2.3% Spanish, City of Brimbank: 1.6% Vietnamese, Sunshine West: 19.6% Greek, Sunshine West: 7.2% Maltese, Sunshine West: 4.7% Macedonian, Sunshine West: 3.3% Italian, Sunshine West: 3.2% Turkish, Sunshine West: 2.2% Cantonese, Sunshine West: 2.1% Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine West: 1.9% Arabic, Sunshine West: 1.8% Spanish, Sunshine West: 1.6%
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 West: +348 Greek, Sunshine West: -143 Maltese, Sunshine West: -119 Macedonian, Sunshine West: -85 Italian, Sunshine West: -44 Turkish, Sunshine West: +9 Cantonese, Sunshine West: +51 Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine West: +4 Arabic, Sunshine West: +32 Spanish, Sunshine West: -46
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 West 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, 29.9% of the population spoke English only, and 64.4% 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 West was Vietnamese, with 19.6% of the population, or 3,272 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (19.6% compared to 14.2%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (7.2% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Maltese at home (4.7% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Punjabi at home (1.1% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 723 or 7.2%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 63 or 1.3%.

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

  • Vietnamese (+348 persons)
  • Punjabi (+147 persons)
  • Greek (-143 persons)
  • Mandarin (+132 persons)

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