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St Lucia

Language spoken at home

In St Lucia, 49% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2006.

St Lucia'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 Lucia'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
St Lucia20062001Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Brisbane LGA %Number%Brisbane LGA %2001 to 2006
Mandarin6886.51.96566.71.4+32
Mandarin6886.51.96566.71.4+32
Cantonese2892.71.42822.91.4+7
Cantonese2892.71.42822.91.4+7
Indonesian2102.00.21651.70.2+45
Indonesian2102.00.21651.70.2+45
Japanese1461.40.3910.90.2+55
Japanese1461.40.3910.90.2+55
Malay1261.20.1420.40.0+84
Malay1261.20.1420.40.0+84
Vietnamese1051.01.4460.51.3+59
Vietnamese1051.01.4460.51.3+59
German730.70.4580.60.3+15
German730.70.4580.60.3+15
French700.70.3470.50.2+23
French700.70.3470.50.2+23
Korean630.60.4630.60.20
Korean630.60.4630.60.20
Spanish620.60.5550.60.5+7
Spanish620.60.5550.60.5+7
Hindi590.60.5470.50.4+12
Hindi590.60.5470.50.4+12
Tamil440.40.1240.20.1+20
Tamil440.40.1240.20.1+20
Thai410.40.1230.20.1+18
Thai410.40.1230.20.1+18
Arabic380.40.4120.10.3+26
Arabic380.40.4120.10.3+26
Italian350.30.9380.41.1-3
Italian350.30.9380.41.1-3
Chinese, nfd340.30.1120.10.1+22
Chinese, nfd340.30.1120.10.1+22
Bengali320.30.1140.10.1+18
Bengali320.30.1140.10.1+18
Afrikaans270.30.130.00.1+24
Afrikaans270.30.130.00.1+24
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)250.20.1130.10.1+12
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)250.20.1130.10.1+12
Persian/Dari230.20.2100.10.1+13
Persian/Dari230.20.2100.10.1+13
Russian220.20.280.10.2+14
Sinhalese220.20.2270.30.1-5
Russian220.20.280.10.2+14
Sinhalese220.20.2270.30.1-5
Portuguese210.20.1260.30.1-5
Portuguese210.20.1260.30.1-5
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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
St Lucia20062001Change
Language summaryNumber%Brisbane LGA %Number%Brisbane LGA %2001 to 2006
Speaks English only7,15067.379.87,43875.683.2-288
Non-English total2,57724.314.32,06821.012.9+509
Not stated8938.45.93313.43.9+562
Speaks English only7,15067.379.87,43875.683.2-288
Non-English total2,57724.314.32,06821.012.9+509
Not stated8938.45.93313.43.9+562

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Language spoken at home, 2006
Language spoken at home, 2006 Mandarin, Brisbane LGA: 1.9% Mandarin, Brisbane LGA: 1.9% Cantonese, Brisbane LGA: 1.4% Cantonese, Brisbane LGA: 1.4% Indonesian, Brisbane LGA: 0.2% Indonesian, Brisbane LGA: 0.2% Japanese, Brisbane LGA: 0.3% Japanese, Brisbane LGA: 0.3% Malay, Brisbane LGA: 0.1% Malay, Brisbane LGA: 0.1% Mandarin, St Lucia: 6.5% Mandarin, St Lucia: 6.5% Cantonese, St Lucia: 2.7% Cantonese, St Lucia: 2.7% Indonesian, St Lucia: 2.0% Indonesian, St Lucia: 2.0% Japanese, St Lucia: 1.4% Japanese, St Lucia: 1.4% Malay, St Lucia: 1.2% Malay, St Lucia: 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in language spoken at home, 2001 to 2006
Change in language spoken at home, 2001 to 2006 Mandarin, St Lucia: +32 Mandarin, St Lucia: +32 Cantonese, St Lucia: +7 Cantonese, St Lucia: +7 Indonesian, St Lucia: +45 Indonesian, St Lucia: +45 Japanese, St Lucia: +55 Japanese, St Lucia: +55 Malay, St Lucia: +84 Malay, St Lucia: +84
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (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 Lucia in 2006 compared to Brisbane LGA 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, 134.7% of the population spoke English only, and 48.5% spoke a non-English language, compared with 159.6% and 28.7% respectively for Brisbane LGA.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in St Lucia was Mandarin, with 6.5% of the population, or 688 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of St Lucia and Brisbane LGA in 2006 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (6.5% compared to 1.9%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (6.5% compared to 1.9%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Indonesian at home (2.0% compared to 0.2%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Indonesian at home (2.0% compared to 0.2%)

Emerging groups

Between 2001 and 2006, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 1,018 or 24.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 576 or 3.9%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in St Lucia between 2001 and 2006 were for those speaking:

  • Malay (+84 persons)
  • Malay (+84 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+59 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+59 persons)

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