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Central Coast Council area

Language spoken at home

In the Central Coast Council area, 5% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The Central Coast 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.

The Central Coast 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.

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
Central Coast Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Italian1,2210.41.61,1170.41.7+104
Spanish1,1190.41.19040.31.1+215
German8850.30.47790.30.4+106
Filipino/Tagalog7850.31.25560.21.1+229
Greek7540.21.86640.21.9+90
Cantonese7490.23.06150.23.0+134
Mandarin6600.23.03870.12.3+273
Dutch5580.20.15170.20.1+41
Arabic4800.24.14180.13.9+62
French4500.10.44050.10.3+45
Maltese4050.10.33960.10.3+9
Thai3230.10.31900.10.2+133
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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
Central Coast Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only283,62290.962.2270,08590.664.0+13,537
Non-English total14,5984.732.411,7163.929.2+2,882
Not stated13,9664.55.316,2305.46.8-2,264

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 Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.1% German, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Dutch, Greater Sydney: 0.1% Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.1% French, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Italian, Central Coast Council area: 0.4% Spanish, Central Coast Council area: 0.4% German, Central Coast Council area: 0.3% Filipino/Tagalog, Central Coast Council area: 0.3% Greek, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% Cantonese, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% Mandarin, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% Dutch, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% Arabic, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% French, Central Coast Council area: 0.1%
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 Italian, Central Coast Council area: +104 Spanish, Central Coast Council area: +215 German, Central Coast Council area: +106 Filipino/Tagalog, Central Coast Council area: +229 Greek, Central Coast Council area: +90 Cantonese, Central Coast Council area: +134 Mandarin, Central Coast Council area: +273 Dutch, Central Coast Council area: +41 Arabic, Central Coast Council area: +62 French, Central Coast Council area: +45
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 the Central Coast Council area in 2011 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, 90.9% of the population spoke English only, and 4.7% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.2% and 32.4% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the Central Coast Council area was Italian, with 0.4% of the population, or 1,221 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the Central Coast Council area and Greater Sydney in 2011 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (0.2% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (0.2% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (0.2% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Greek at home (0.2% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 2,882 or 24.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 13,537 or 5.0%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+273 persons)
  • Filipino/Tagalog (+229 persons)
  • Spanish (+215 persons)
  • Cantonese (+134 persons)

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