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Language spoken at home

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In St Albans, 69% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

St Albans'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.

St Albans'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
St Albans - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese9,39925.616.27,83422.414.2+1,565
Punjabi
2,1185.82.91,4364.12.3+682
map this data in atlas.idMaltese1,2613.42.61,5624.53.3-301
Cantonese
9252.52.11,0793.12.4-154
Filipino/Tagalog
9042.52.78642.52.7+40
Greek
8742.42.71,0102.93.2-136
Croatian
8232.21.81,1183.22.2-295
Macedonian
7162.02.48412.42.9-125
Arabic
6971.92.27702.22.3-73
Samoan
5381.50.82100.60.5+328
Mandarin
5351.51.53661.01.1+169
Serbian
4961.40.86852.01.0-189
Hindi
4761.31.23801.11.0+96
map this data in atlas.idItalian4401.22.55881.73.2-148
Spanish
4251.21.55441.61.6-119
Urdu
4101.10.71970.60.5+213
Bosnian
3000.80.53371.00.7-37
Dinka
2530.70.43461.00.6-93
Turkish
2480.71.23130.91.5-65
Pashto
2270.60.3320.10.1+195
Polish
2120.60.73000.90.9-88
Tamil
1840.50.71100.30.3+74
Nepali
1690.50.3710.20.2+98
Persian/Dari
1630.40.5530.20.1+110
Albanian
1620.40.52340.70.5-72
German
1440.40.22090.60.3-65
Amharic
1140.30.4780.20.3+36
Tongan
1040.30.3300.10.2+74
Sinhalese
980.30.51240.40.5-26
Chin Haka
900.20.360.00.0+84
Malayalam
800.20.2900.30.2-10
Slovene
790.20.11050.30.1-26
Thai
750.20.2470.10.1+28
Tigrinya
740.20.2380.10.1+36
Somali
700.20.2560.20.1+14
Assyrian/Aramaic
600.20.2290.10.1+31
Telugu
590.20.3660.20.2-7
Burmese
570.20.3210.10.1+36
Non-verbal so described
550.10.2740.20.2-19
Bengali
540.10.3760.20.3-22
Hakka
520.10.5780.20.6-26
Serbo-Croatian Yugoslavian, so described
470.10.1780.20.1-31
Lao
440.10.2710.20.2-27
Ukrainian
400.10.2570.20.2-17
Romanian
390.10.1650.20.2-26
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
390.10.1450.10.1-6
Portuguese
390.10.2490.10.2-10
Hungarian
370.10.1750.20.1-38
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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
St Albans - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only8,42923.035.78,58624.537.9-157
Non-English total25,41869.358.423,67667.556.2+1,742
Not stated2,8427.75.92,7888.05.9+54

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% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Cantonese, City of Brimbank: 2.1% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Greek, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Croatian, City of Brimbank: 1.8% Macedonian, City of Brimbank: 2.4% Arabic, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Samoan, City of Brimbank: 0.8% Vietnamese, St Albans: 25.6% Punjabi, St Albans: 5.8% Maltese, St Albans: 3.4% Cantonese, St Albans: 2.5% Filipino/Tagalog, St Albans: 2.5% Greek, St Albans: 2.4% Croatian, St Albans: 2.2% Macedonian, St Albans: 2.0% Arabic, St Albans: 1.9% Samoan, St Albans: 1.5%
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, St Albans: +1,565 Punjabi, St Albans: +682 Maltese, St Albans: -301 Cantonese, St Albans: -154 Filipino/Tagalog, St Albans: +40 Greek, St Albans: -136 Croatian, St Albans: -295 Macedonian, St Albans: -125 Arabic, St Albans: -73 Samoan, St Albans: +328
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 St Albans 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, 23.0% of the population spoke English only, and 69.3% 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 St Albans was Vietnamese, with 25.6% of the population, or 9,399 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (25.6% compared to 16.2%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Punjabi at home (5.8% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Italian at home (1.2% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 1,742 or 7.4%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 157 or 1.8%.

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

  • Vietnamese (+1,565 persons)
  • Punjabi (+682 persons)
  • Samoan (+328 persons)
  • Maltese (-301 persons)

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