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Language spoken at home

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In Camden Council area, 14% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

Camden Council area'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.

Camden Council area'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.

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 language 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:

'Does the person speak a language other than English at home?'

Total population

Language spoken at home - Ranked by size
Camden Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Arabic
1,0891.44.04710.84.1+618
map this data in atlas.idItalian1,0151.31.38711.51.6+144
map this data in atlas.idSpanish1,0001.31.25290.91.1+471
Hindi
6710.91.31990.41.2+472
Mandarin
5090.74.71510.33.0+358
Cantonese
4170.52.93260.63.0+91
Filipino/Tagalog
3960.51.31830.31.2+213
Serbian
3900.50.42310.40.4+159
Greek
3760.51.62120.41.8+164
Croatian
3740.50.42230.40.5+151
Assyrian/Aramaic
3320.40.6640.10.5+268
Maltese
3160.40.22530.40.3+63
Vietnamese
2480.32.1930.21.9+155
Urdu
2230.30.6610.10.4+162
Punjabi
2140.30.6620.10.4+152
Persian/Dari
1980.30.7710.10.5+127
Samoan
1960.30.3690.10.3+127
Polish
1950.20.31200.20.3+75
German
1770.20.31540.30.4+23
French
1590.20.4980.20.4+61
Malayalam
1450.20.2110.00.1+134
Macedonian
1380.20.4930.20.4+45
Thai
1230.20.4820.10.3+41
Russian
1170.10.4780.10.4+39
Afrikaans
1150.10.1690.10.1+46
Lao
1100.10.1870.20.1+23
Non-verbal so described
1100.10.2440.10.1+66
Portuguese
1080.10.4490.10.3+59
Khmer
1060.10.2350.10.2+71
Shona
1010.10.0510.10.0+50
Sinhalese
1010.10.2390.10.2+62
Turkish
1000.10.4340.10.5+66
Bengali
900.10.6150.00.5+75
Bosnian
810.10.1370.10.1+44
Indonesian
800.10.6430.10.5+37
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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
Camden Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only63,46681.258.448,97486.362.3+14,492
Non-English total11,24714.435.85,79110.232.4+5,456
Not stated3,4804.55.81,9543.45.3+1,526

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

Language spoken at home, 2016
Language spoken at home, 2016 Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Hindi, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Serbian, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Croatian, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Arabic, Camden Council area: 1.4% Italian, Camden Council area: 1.3% Spanish, Camden Council area: 1.3% Hindi, Camden Council area: 0.9% Mandarin, Camden Council area: 0.7% Cantonese, Camden Council area: 0.5% Filipino/Tagalog, Camden Council area: 0.5% Serbian, Camden Council area: 0.5% Greek, Camden Council area: 0.5% Croatian, Camden Council area: 0.5%
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 language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Arabic, Camden Council area: +618 Italian, Camden Council area: +144 Spanish, Camden Council area: +471 Hindi, Camden Council area: +472 Mandarin, Camden Council area: +358 Cantonese, Camden Council area: +91 Filipino/Tagalog, Camden Council area: +213 Serbian, Camden Council area: +159 Greek, Camden Council area: +164 Croatian, Camden Council area: +151
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 language spoken at home by the population of Camden Council area in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a larger proportion of people who spoke English only, and a smaller proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 81.2% of the population spoke English only, and 14.4% spoke a non-English language, compared with 58.4% and 35.8% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Camden Council area was Arabic, with 1.4% of the population, or 1,089 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Camden Council area and Greater Sydney in 2016 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (0.7% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (1.4% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (0.5% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (0.3% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 5,456 or 94.2%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 14,492 or 29.6%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in Camden Council area between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

  • Arabic (+618 persons)
  • Hindi (+472 persons)
  • Spanish (+471 persons)
  • Mandarin (+358 persons)

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