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Language spoken at home

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In City of Canterbury Bankstown, 60% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

City of Canterbury Bankstown'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.

City of Canterbury Bankstown'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
City of Canterbury Bankstown - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idArabic59,68417.24.056,81717.84.1+2,867
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese24,9827.22.121,7586.81.9+3,224
map this data in atlas.idGreek18,5775.41.619,9766.21.8-1,399
Mandarin
17,2065.04.711,8443.73.0+5,362
Cantonese
13,6333.92.913,3824.23.0+251
Bengali
8,6352.50.65,7181.80.5+2,917
Urdu
6,6071.90.63,7391.20.4+2,868
Italian
6,0301.71.36,9642.21.6-934
Indonesian
4,2561.20.63,4971.10.5+759
Korean
4,0611.21.24,1741.31.1-113
Macedonian
3,5391.00.43,8611.20.4-322
Filipino/Tagalog
3,3981.01.32,9010.91.2+497
Nepali
3,0520.90.71,4470.50.4+1,605
Spanish
2,9570.91.22,8170.91.1+140
Hindi
2,7300.81.32,7550.91.2-25
Portuguese
2,7050.80.42,4850.80.3+220
Samoan
1,2850.40.31,4570.50.3-172
Tongan
1,2740.40.21,0880.30.2+186
Turkish
1,2360.40.41,2560.40.5-20
Punjabi
1,2150.40.69580.30.4+257
Thai
1,1750.30.46990.20.3+476
Non-verbal so described
1,1210.30.27470.20.1+374
Persian/Dari
9880.30.76700.20.5+318
Croatian
8870.30.41,0490.30.5-162
French
8680.30.48680.30.40
Polish
7190.20.38920.30.3-173
Burmese
7120.20.15140.20.1+198
Fijian
6520.20.16250.20.1+27
Serbian
6280.20.46890.20.4-61
Tamil
6000.20.65190.20.5+81
German
4970.10.35780.20.4-81
Japanese
4650.10.33400.10.3+125
Malayalam
4610.10.23030.10.1+158
Russian
4500.10.44100.10.4+40
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
4490.10.14000.10.1+49
Chinese, nfd
3730.10.17440.20.2-371
Somali
3690.10.02450.10.0+124
Pashto
3520.10.02280.10.0+124
Maltese
3520.10.24390.10.3-87
Assyrian/Aramaic
3500.10.63390.10.5+11
Māori (Cook Island)
3270.10.03690.10.0-42
Bosnian
3120.10.13440.10.1-32
Hungarian
3120.10.13230.10.1-11
Gujarati
3010.10.43170.10.3-16
Sinhalese
2390.10.22290.10.2+10
Malay
2360.10.11830.10.0+53
Wu
2290.10.01570.00.0+72
Māori (New Zealand)
2240.10.01900.10.0+34
Telugu
2180.10.21730.10.2+45
Khmer
2130.10.22210.10.2-8
Marathi
1800.10.11900.10.1-10
Amharic
1710.00.01470.00.0+24
Armenian
1550.00.21250.00.2+30
Romanian
1360.00.01630.10.0-27
Swahili
1300.00.0610.00.0+69
Fijian Hindustani
1300.00.0540.00.0+76
Ukrainian
1300.00.01620.10.0-32
Kurdish
1250.00.11330.00.0-8
Lao
1190.00.11140.00.1+5
Dutch
1080.00.11500.00.1-42
Slovene
960.00.0900.00.0+6
Shona
960.00.01230.00.0-27
Latvian
890.00.01210.00.0-32
Auslan
870.00.0950.00.0-8
Czech
800.00.1890.00.1-9
Afrikaans
790.00.1690.00.1+10
Kannada
710.00.1620.00.0+9
Tigrinya
690.00.0540.00.0+15
Albanian
680.00.0440.00.0+24
Karen
660.00.0960.00.0-30
Slovak
660.00.0520.00.0+14
Serbo-Croatian Yugoslavian, so described
650.00.01000.00.0-35
Hakka
550.00.0460.00.0+9
Bulgarian
440.00.0270.00.0+17
Swedish
410.00.1380.00.0+3
Indo-Aryan, nfd
400.00.0270.00.0+13
Dinka
380.00.0850.00.0-47
Finnish
360.00.0460.00.0-10
Danish
290.00.0230.00.0+6
Australian Indigenous Languages
270.00.0160.00.0+11
Hebrew
220.00.190.00.1+13
Estonian
210.00.0280.00.0-7
Oromo
200.00.0110.00.0+9
Tibetan
160.00.000.00.0+16
Uygur
140.00.0160.00.0-2
Norwegian
130.00.0200.00.0-7
Tokelauan
110.00.060.00.0+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
City of Canterbury Bankstown - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
117,94134.158.4113,23135.462.3+4,710
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total208,32560.235.8187,58558.732.4+20,740
Not stated
20,0295.85.818,9925.95.3+1,037

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% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Bengali, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Urdu, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Indonesian, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Korean, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Arabic, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 17.2% Vietnamese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 7.2% Greek, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 5.4% Mandarin, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 5.0% Cantonese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 3.9% Bengali, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 2.5% Urdu, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.9% Italian, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.7% Indonesian, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.2% Korean, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.2%
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, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +2,867 Vietnamese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +3,224 Greek, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -1,399 Mandarin, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +5,362 Cantonese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +251 Bengali, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +2,917 Urdu, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +2,868 Italian, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -934 Indonesian, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +759 Korean, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -113
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 City of Canterbury Bankstown in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 34.1% of the population spoke English only, and 60.2% 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 City of Canterbury Bankstown was Arabic, with 17.2% of the population, or 59,684 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of City of Canterbury Bankstown and Greater Sydney in 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (17.2% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (7.2% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (5.4% compared to 1.6%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Bengali at home (2.5% compared to 0.6%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 20,740 or 11.1%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 4,710 or 4.2%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in City of Canterbury Bankstown between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+5,362 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+3,224 persons)
  • Bengali (+2,917 persons)
  • Urdu (+2,868 persons)

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