Language spoken at home
In St Lucia, 24% 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?'
|Language spoken at home - ranked by size|
|Language (excludes English)||Number||%||Brisbane LGA %||Number||%||Brisbane LGA %||2001 to 2006|
|Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)||25||0.2||0.1||36068||13||0.1||0.1||+12|
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|Language spoken at home - summary|
|Language summary||Number||%||Brisbane LGA %||Number||%||Brisbane LGA %||2001 to 2006|
|Speaks English only||7,150||67.3||79.8||36500||7,438||75.6||83.2||-288|
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, 67.3% of the population spoke English only, and 24.3% spoke a non-English language, compared with 79.8% and 14.3% 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 Indonesian at home (2.0% compared to 0.2%)
- A larger percentage speaking Cantonese at home (2.7% compared to 1.4%)
- A larger percentage speaking Malay at home (1.2% compared to 0.1%)
Between 2001 and 2006, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 509 or 24.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 288 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)
- Vietnamese (+59 persons)
- Japanese (+55 persons)