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In 2016, 12% of people in Smithfield, 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 Smithfield. 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, Smithfield's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

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 birthplace 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:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Smithfield - Overseas born (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%Cairns %Number%Cairns %2011 to 2016
United Kingdom
2965.84.62366.44.8+61
New Zealand
1613.13.11143.13.3+47
map this data in atlas.idPapua New Guinea1292.51.5350.91.3+94
India
871.70.9210.60.5+66
China
460.90.5150.40.3+31
map this data in atlas.idPhilippines460.91.2361.01.0+10
Canada
350.70.340.10.3+31
South Africa
350.70.5340.90.5+1
Netherlands
340.70.3270.70.3+7
map this data in atlas.idJapan290.61.1371.01.1-8
United States of America
290.60.4210.60.4+8
South Korea
280.50.60--0.3+28
Thailand
210.40.4210.60.30
Germany
210.40.7340.90.7-13
Ireland
170.30.2170.50.20
Indonesia
160.30.2180.50.2-2
Italy
140.30.4240.60.5-10
Malaysia
130.30.260.20.2+7
Iran
130.30.090.20.0+4
Vietnam
100.20.230.10.1+7
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Smithfield - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%Cairns %Number%Cairns %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born1,20123.521.585323.020.3+349
Non-English speaking backgrounds
62812.312.442711.510.8+201
Main English speaking countries
57311.29.142611.59.5+148
Australia
3,57669.968.82,55868.971.7+1,019
Not stated
3406.69.73028.18.0+38

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2016
Birthplace, 2016 United Kingdom, Cairns: 4.6% New Zealand, Cairns: 3.1% Papua New Guinea, Cairns: 1.5% India, Cairns: 0.9% Philippines, Cairns: 1.2% China, Cairns: 0.5% South Africa, Cairns: 0.5% Canada, Cairns: 0.3% Netherlands, Cairns: 0.3% Japan, Cairns: 1.1% United Kingdom, Smithfield: 5.8% New Zealand, Smithfield: 3.1% Papua New Guinea, Smithfield: 2.5% India, Smithfield: 1.7% Philippines, Smithfield: 0.9% China, Smithfield: 0.9% South Africa, Smithfield: 0.7% Canada, Smithfield: 0.7% Netherlands, Smithfield: 0.7% Japan, Smithfield: 0.6%
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 birthplace, 2011 to 2016
Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016 United Kingdom, Smithfield: +61 New Zealand, Smithfield: +47 Papua New Guinea, Smithfield: +94 India, Smithfield: +66 Philippines, Smithfield: +10 China, Smithfield: +31 South Africa, Smithfield: +1 Canada, Smithfield: +31 Netherlands, Smithfield: +7 Japan, Smithfield: -8
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 country of birth of the population in Smithfield in 2016 compared to Cairns shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas, and a larger proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 23.5% of the population was born overseas, and 12.3% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 21.5% and 12.4% respectively for Cairns.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in Smithfield and Cairns were:

  • A larger percentage of people born in United Kingdom (5.8% compared to 4.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Papua New Guinea (2.5% compared to 1.5%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people born overseas increased by 348 or 40.8%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 201 or 47.1%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were for those born in:

  • Papua New Guinea (+94 persons)
  • India (+66 persons)
  • United Kingdom (+61 persons)

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