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City of Canterbury Bankstown

Language spoken at home

In City of Canterbury Bankstown, 59% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

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.

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)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idArabic56,81717.84.151,52917.23.9+5,287
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese21,7586.81.919,0496.31.8+2,709
map this data in atlas.idGreek19,9766.21.819,9796.71.9-4
Cantonese
13,3824.23.012,9724.33.0+410
Mandarin
11,8443.73.09,9533.32.3+1,891
Italian
6,9642.21.67,5282.51.7-565
Bengali
5,7181.80.52,5920.90.3+3,126
Korean
4,1741.31.14,3141.40.9-140
Macedonian
3,8611.20.43,5981.20.5+262
Urdu
3,7391.20.42,0780.70.2+1,661
Indonesian
3,4971.10.52,4310.80.4+1,066
Filipino/Tagalog
2,9010.91.22,4420.81.1+459
Spanish
2,8170.91.12,6210.91.1+195
Hindi
2,7550.91.22,4330.80.9+322
Portuguese
2,4850.80.32,3830.80.3+101
Samoan
1,4570.50.31,5970.50.3-140
Nepali
1,4470.50.41820.10.1+1,265
Turkish
1,2560.40.51,1670.40.5+89
Tongan
1,0880.30.21,0760.40.2+12
Croatian
1,0490.30.51,0730.40.5-24
Punjabi
9580.30.45480.20.2+410
Polish
8920.30.31,0790.40.3-187
French
8680.30.48630.30.3+5
Non-verbal so described
7470.20.17710.30.2-24
Chinese, nfd
7440.20.24870.20.1+257
Thai
6990.20.34560.20.2+243
Serbian
6890.20.46290.20.4+60
Persian/Dari
6700.20.54070.10.4+263
Fijian
6250.20.15960.20.1+29
German
5780.20.45840.20.4-7
Tamil
5190.20.55240.20.4-5
Burmese
5140.20.13560.10.1+157
Maltese
4390.10.35100.20.3-71
Russian
4100.10.43820.10.3+28
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
4000.10.13230.10.1+77
Māori (Cook Island)
3690.10.04060.10.0-37
Bosnian
3440.10.12980.10.1+46
Japanese
3400.10.32480.10.3+92
Assyrian/Aramaic
3390.10.52770.10.4+62
Hungarian
3230.10.13740.10.2-52
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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)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only113,23135.462.3113,27037.764.0-39
Non-English total187,58558.732.4167,27955.729.2+20,305
Not stated18,9925.95.319,7686.66.8-777

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Language spoken at home, 2011
Language spoken at home, 2011 Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Bengali, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Korean, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Macedonian, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Urdu, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Arabic, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 17.8% Vietnamese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 6.8% Greek, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 6.2% Cantonese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 4.2% Mandarin, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 3.7% Italian, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 2.2% Bengali, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.8% Korean, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.3% Macedonian, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.2% Urdu, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011 Arabic, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +5,287 Vietnamese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +2,709 Greek, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -4 Cantonese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +410 Mandarin, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +1,891 Italian, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -565 Bengali, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +3,126 Korean, City of Canterbury Bankstown: -140 Macedonian, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +262 Urdu, City of Canterbury Bankstown: +1,661
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 35.4% of the population spoke English only, and 58.7% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.3% and 32.4% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in City of Canterbury Bankstown was Arabic, with 17.8% of the population, or 56,817 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 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (17.8% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (6.8% compared to 1.9%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (6.2% compared to 1.8%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Bengali at home (1.8% compared to 0.5%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 20,306 or 12.1%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 39 or 0.0%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in City of Canterbury Bankstown between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Arabic (+5,287 persons)
  • Bengali (+3,126 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+2,709 persons)
  • Mandarin (+1,891 persons)

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