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Language spoken at home

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In Sunshine District, 63% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

Sunshine District'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 District'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 District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese10,39922.016.28,50119.614.2+1,898
Greek
1,5463.32.71,7134.03.2-167
map this data in atlas.idMaltese1,4343.02.61,6813.93.3-247
Cantonese
1,2872.72.11,2612.92.4+26
map this data in atlas.idItalian1,0322.22.51,2612.93.2-229
Punjabi
9752.12.91,0002.32.3-25
Mandarin
8461.81.55751.31.1+271
Filipino/Tagalog
8271.72.77041.62.7+123
Arabic
7971.72.27491.72.3+48
Tamil
6401.40.71640.40.3+476
Spanish
6191.31.56691.51.6-50
Macedonian
6051.32.46901.62.9-85
Hindi
5831.21.24811.11.0+102
Turkish
5061.11.25621.31.5-56
Persian/Dari
5021.10.5930.20.1+409
Croatian
4751.01.84771.12.2-2
Polish
4150.90.75261.20.9-111
Bengali
3420.70.32430.60.3+99
Chin Haka
3370.70.3530.10.0+284
Nepali
3190.70.31800.40.2+139
Urdu
3130.70.71610.40.5+152
Burmese
2840.60.31580.40.1+126
Samoan
2520.50.81550.40.5+97
Pashto
2330.50.3320.10.1+201
Amharic
2220.50.41590.40.3+63
Tigrinya
2170.50.2930.20.1+124
Telugu
1980.40.31370.30.2+61
Tongan
1760.40.31290.30.2+47
Albanian
1760.40.51960.50.5-20
Serbian
1660.40.81880.41.0-22
Somali
1660.40.21010.20.1+65
Sinhalese
1320.30.51360.30.5-4
Dinka
1190.30.42220.50.6-103
Ukrainian
1040.20.21680.40.2-64
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
1030.20.1740.20.1+29
Thai
940.20.2890.20.1+5
German
850.20.21350.30.3-50
Non-verbal so described
750.20.2650.10.2+10
Hakka
750.20.51070.20.6-32
Kurdish
740.20.1360.10.0+38
Karen
720.20.01060.20.1-34
Oromo
670.10.1390.10.1+28
Romanian
600.10.1760.20.2-16
Bosnian
560.10.5670.20.7-11
Indonesian
540.10.2600.10.2-6
Portuguese
490.10.2540.10.2-5
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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 District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
14,55730.835.714,28633.037.9+271
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total29,73962.858.426,19960.456.2+3,540
Not stated
3,0356.45.92,8696.65.9+166

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% Cantonese, City of Brimbank: 2.1% Italian, City of Brimbank: 2.5% Punjabi, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Mandarin, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Arabic, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Tamil, City of Brimbank: 0.7% Vietnamese, Sunshine District: 22.0% Greek, Sunshine District: 3.3% Maltese, Sunshine District: 3.0% Cantonese, Sunshine District: 2.7% Italian, Sunshine District: 2.2% Punjabi, Sunshine District: 2.1% Mandarin, Sunshine District: 1.8% Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine District: 1.7% Arabic, Sunshine District: 1.7% Tamil, Sunshine District: 1.4%
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 District: +1,898 Greek, Sunshine District: -167 Maltese, Sunshine District: -247 Cantonese, Sunshine District: +26 Italian, Sunshine District: -229 Punjabi, Sunshine District: -25 Mandarin, Sunshine District: +271 Filipino/Tagalog, Sunshine District: +123 Arabic, Sunshine District: +48 Tamil, Sunshine District: +476
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 District 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, 30.8% of the population spoke English only, and 62.8% 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 District was Vietnamese, with 22.0% of the population, or 10,399 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (22.0% compared to 16.2%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Macedonian at home (1.3% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 3,540 or 13.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 271 or 1.9%.

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

  • Vietnamese (+1,898 persons)
  • Tamil (+476 persons)
  • Persian/Dari (+409 persons)
  • Chin Haka (+284 persons)

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