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Brisbane LGA

Language spoken at home

In Brisbane LGA, 18% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

Brisbane LGA'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.

Brisbane LGA'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
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112001Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2011
Mandarin27,3522.61.512,2261.40.8+15,126
Vietnamese15,7061.50.911,1871.30.8+4,519
Cantonese15,3511.50.912,0661.40.8+3,285
Italian8,1380.80.59,1941.10.7-1,056
Spanish7,5090.70.54,5130.50.4+2,996
Korean7,3000.70.42,0920.20.1+5,208
Hindi7,1440.70.53,3350.40.3+3,809
Filipino/Tagalog7,0690.70.63,3890.40.3+3,680
Greek7,0200.70.47,0430.80.5-23
Arabic6,0620.60.42,3420.30.2+3,720
Punjabi5,1820.50.38170.10.1+4,365
German3,8860.40.43,0330.30.4+853
Japanese3,7800.40.22,1290.20.2+1,651
French3,4980.30.21,9920.20.2+1,506
Persian/Dari3,2760.30.21,0640.10.1+2,212
Samoan3,0980.30.62,2000.30.4+898
Sinhalese2,7510.30.21,0540.10.1+1,697
Afrikaans2,6040.20.25740.10.1+2,030
Gujarati2,3760.20.14970.10.0+1,879
Indonesian2,3500.20.11,3390.20.1+1,011
Serbian2,2140.20.21,8430.20.2+371
Tamil2,1200.20.18020.10.1+1,318
Russian2,1150.20.11,5750.20.1+540
Polish2,1090.20.22,3700.30.2-261
Portuguese1,8770.20.17120.10.1+1,165
Thai1,8680.20.18660.10.1+1,002
Malayalam1,8560.20.11090.00.0+1,747
Dutch1,7980.20.21,7750.20.3+23
Chinese, nfd1,7780.20.16270.10.0+1,151
Croatian1,4530.10.11,5570.20.2-104
Indo-Aryan, nfd1,3370.10.1780.00.0+1,259
Urdu1,3280.10.14750.10.0+853
Bengali1,2750.10.14800.10.0+795
Nepali1,2390.10.1670.00.0+1,172
Bosnian1,1690.10.11,1990.10.1-30
Malay1,1450.10.13860.00.0+759
Non-verbal so described1,0950.10.16600.10.1+435
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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
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112001Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2011
Speaks English only798,68676.782.1724,28283.286.9+74,404
Non-English total192,59218.513.2112,11512.99.4+80,477
Not stated50,5494.94.734,3193.93.7+16,230

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

Language spoken at home, 2011
Language spoken at home, 2011 Mandarin, Greater Brisbane: 1.5% Vietnamese, Greater Brisbane: 0.9% Cantonese, Greater Brisbane: 0.9% Italian, Greater Brisbane: 0.5% Spanish, Greater Brisbane: 0.5% Korean, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% Hindi, Greater Brisbane: 0.5% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Brisbane: 0.6% Greek, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% Arabic, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% Mandarin, Brisbane LGA: 2.6% Vietnamese, Brisbane LGA: 1.5% Cantonese, Brisbane LGA: 1.5% Italian, Brisbane LGA: 0.8% Spanish, Brisbane LGA: 0.7% Korean, Brisbane LGA: 0.7% Hindi, Brisbane LGA: 0.7% Filipino/Tagalog, Brisbane LGA: 0.7% Greek, Brisbane LGA: 0.7% Arabic, Brisbane LGA: 0.6%
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, 2001 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2001 to 2011 Mandarin, Brisbane LGA: +15,126 Vietnamese, Brisbane LGA: +4,519 Cantonese, Brisbane LGA: +3,285 Italian, Brisbane LGA: -1,056 Spanish, Brisbane LGA: +2,996 Korean, Brisbane LGA: +5,208 Hindi, Brisbane LGA: +3,809 Filipino/Tagalog, Brisbane LGA: +3,680 Greek, Brisbane LGA: -23 Arabic, Brisbane LGA: +3,720
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 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 Brisbane LGA in 2011 compared to Greater Brisbane 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, 76.7% of the population spoke English only, and 18.5% spoke a non-English language, compared with 82.1% and 13.2% respectively for Greater Brisbane.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Brisbane LGA was Mandarin, with 2.6% of the population, or 27,352 people speaking this language at home.

The major difference between the languages spoken at home for the population of Brisbane LGA and Greater Brisbane in 2011 was:

  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (2.6% compared to 1.5%)

Emerging groups

Between 2001 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 80,477 or 71.8%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 74,404 or 10.3%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in Brisbane LGA between 2001 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+15,126 persons)
  • Korean (+5,208 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+4,519 persons)
  • Punjabi (+4,365 persons)

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