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Sunshine West

Language spoken at home

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In Sunshine West, 65% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

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.

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 West - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese3,81020.716.23,27219.614.2+538
Greek
1,0465.72.71,2027.23.2-156
map this data in atlas.idMaltese6503.52.67854.73.3-135
Macedonian
4982.72.45513.32.9-53
map this data in atlas.idItalian4272.32.55303.23.2-103
Cantonese
4112.22.13492.12.4+62
Arabic
3882.12.22961.82.3+92
Filipino/Tagalog
3782.12.73211.92.7+57
Turkish
3692.01.23672.21.5+2
Mandarin
3371.81.52421.41.1+95
Punjabi
2441.32.91771.12.3+67
Spanish
2291.21.52761.61.6-47
Croatian
2031.11.82371.42.2-34
Hindi
1951.11.21580.91.0+37
Persian/Dari
1871.00.5140.10.1+173
Samoan
1680.90.8960.60.5+72
Albanian
1610.90.51651.00.5-4
Tamil
1530.80.7140.10.3+139
Polish
1400.80.71580.90.9-18
Tongan
1180.60.3960.60.2+22
Amharic
1090.60.4760.50.3+33
Urdu
1080.60.7510.30.5+57
Tigrinya
1010.50.2380.20.1+63
Somali
960.50.2460.30.1+50
Serbian
910.50.8840.51.0+7
Chin Haka
830.50.300.00.0+83
Bengali
740.40.3510.30.3+23
Pashto
670.40.300.00.1+67
Burmese
630.30.3280.20.1+35
Dinka
590.30.4980.60.6-39
Telugu
580.30.3230.10.2+35
Sinhalese
480.30.5460.30.5+2
Karen
460.30.0320.20.1+14
Non-verbal so described
360.20.2320.20.2+4
Portuguese
320.20.2250.10.2+7
Nepali
300.20.3180.10.2+12
Romanian
270.10.1410.20.2-14
Kurdish
250.10.160.00.0+19
Ukrainian
250.10.2390.20.2-14
Indonesian
230.10.2270.20.2-4
Thai
210.10.2390.20.1-18
Bosnian
200.10.5350.20.7-15
German
190.10.2350.20.3-16
French
190.10.1460.30.1-27
Gujarati
180.10.170.00.1+11
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
180.10.1310.20.1-13
Oromo
150.10.1170.10.1-2
Lao
140.10.2120.10.2+2
Māori (Cook Island)
130.10.030.00.0+10
Hakka
130.10.5170.10.6-4
Swahili
130.10.1260.20.1-13
Kannada
120.10.0110.10.0+1
Malayalam
120.10.2130.10.2-1
Malay
110.10.030.00.1+8
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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)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
5,40729.435.75,00629.937.9+401
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total11,90064.858.410,76764.456.2+1,133
Not stated
1,0715.85.99575.75.9+114

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% Greek, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Macedonian, City of Brimbank: 2.4% Italian, City of Brimbank: 2.5% Cantonese, City of Brimbank: 2.1% Arabic, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Turkish, City of Brimbank: 1.2% Mandarin, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Vietnamese, Sunshine West: 20.7% Greek, Sunshine West: 5.7% Maltese, Sunshine West: 3.5% Macedonian, Sunshine West: 2.7% Italian, Sunshine West: 2.3% Cantonese, Sunshine West: 2.2% Arabic, Sunshine West: 2.1% Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine West: 2.1% Turkish, Sunshine West: 2.0% Mandarin, Sunshine West: 1.8%
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 West: +538 Greek, Sunshine West: -156 Maltese, Sunshine West: -135 Macedonian, Sunshine West: -53 Italian, Sunshine West: -103 Cantonese, Sunshine West: +62 Arabic, Sunshine West: +92 Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine West: +57 Turkish, Sunshine West: +2 Mandarin, Sunshine West: +95
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 West 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, 29.4% of the population spoke English only, and 64.8% 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 West was Vietnamese, with 20.7% of the population, or 3,810 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 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (20.7% compared to 16.2%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (5.7% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Punjabi at home (1.3% 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 1,133 or 10.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 401 or 8.0%.

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

  • Vietnamese (+538 persons)
  • Persian/Dari (+173 persons)
  • Greek (-156 persons)
  • Tamil (+139 persons)

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