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In 2011, 17% of people in Brisbane LGA, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in Brisbane LGA. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, Brisbane LGA's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Brisbane LGA - Overseas born (Usual residence)20112001Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2011
United Kingdom48,5084.75.343,4505.05.7+5,058
New Zealand41,0803.94.831,0623.64.0+10,018
South Africa11,1521.10.95,4120.60.5+5,740
South Korea7,1680.70.42,2060.30.1+4,962
Hong Kong5,8390.60.34,5190.50.3+1,320
United States of America5,4770.50.43,2800.40.3+2,197
Sri Lanka4,4020.40.32,3620.30.2+2,040
Papua New Guinea4,3890.40.44,1550.50.4+234
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)1,9360.20.22,2720.30.2-336
Bosnia and Herzegovina1,5980.20.11,6770.20.1-79
Saudi Arabia1,3840.10.1700.00.0+1,314
El Salvador1,2380.10.11,4190.20.1-181
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112001Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2011
Total overseas born294,77728.324.6197,26222.720.6+97,515
Non-English speaking backgrounds180,78217.412.6109,54612.69.6+71,236
Main English speaking countries113,99510.912.087,71610.110.9+26,279
Not stated52,7895.15.138,8954.54.4+13,894

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 United Kingdom, Greater Brisbane: 5.3% New Zealand, Greater Brisbane: 4.8% China, Greater Brisbane: 1.0% India, Greater Brisbane: 1.1% Vietnam, Greater Brisbane: 0.7% South Africa, Greater Brisbane: 0.9% Philippines, Greater Brisbane: 0.8% Taiwan, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% Malaysia, Greater Brisbane: 0.5% South Korea, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% United Kingdom, Brisbane LGA: 4.7% New Zealand, Brisbane LGA: 3.9% China, Brisbane LGA: 1.8% India, Brisbane LGA: 1.7% Vietnam, Brisbane LGA: 1.1% South Africa, Brisbane LGA: 1.1% Philippines, Brisbane LGA: 0.9% Taiwan, Brisbane LGA: 0.8% Malaysia, Brisbane LGA: 0.7% South Korea, Brisbane LGA: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in birthplace, 2001 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2001 to 2011 United Kingdom, Brisbane LGA: +5,058 New Zealand, Brisbane LGA: +10,018 China, Brisbane LGA: +12,775 India, Brisbane LGA: +14,336 Vietnam, Brisbane LGA: +2,417 South Africa, Brisbane LGA: +5,740 Philippines, Brisbane LGA: +4,268 Taiwan, Brisbane LGA: +1,363 Malaysia, Brisbane LGA: +3,176 South Korea, Brisbane LGA: +4,962
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the country of birth of the population in Brisbane LGA in 2011 compared to Greater Brisbane shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas, as well as a larger proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 28.3% of the population was born overseas, and 17.4% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 24.6% and 12.6% respectively for Greater Brisbane.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in Brisbane LGA was China, where 1.8% of the population, or 18,576 people, were born.

There were no major differences between Brisbane LGA and Greater Brisbane in 2011.

Emerging groups

Between 2001 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 97,515 or 49.4%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 71,236 or 65.0%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2001 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • India (+14,336 persons)
  • China (+12,775 persons)
  • New Zealand (+10,018 persons)
  • South Africa (+5,740 persons)

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