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Language spoken at home

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

In the Central Coast Council area, 6% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

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)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Spanish1,5240.51.21,1190.41.1+405
Mandarin1,5140.54.76600.23.0+854
Italian1,1550.41.31,2210.41.6-66
Filipino/Tagalog1,0720.31.37850.31.2+287
German9030.30.38850.30.4+18
Cantonese8160.22.97490.23.0+67
Greek7320.21.67540.21.8-22
French6560.20.44500.10.4+206
Korean6360.21.22840.11.1+352
Arabic5520.24.04800.24.1+72
Thai5510.20.43230.10.3+228
Russian5090.20.43100.10.4+199
Malayalam4530.10.2470.00.1+406
Dutch4340.10.15580.20.1-124
Afrikaans4180.10.12720.10.1+146
Maltese4160.10.24050.10.3+11
Japanese4140.10.32780.10.3+136
Hindi3620.11.32660.11.2+96
Vietnamese3470.12.11930.11.9+154
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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)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only289,77488.458.4283,62290.962.3+6,152
Non-English total19,2215.935.814,5984.732.4+4,623
Not stated18,7435.75.813,9664.55.3+4,777

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 Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 1.3% German, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.6% French, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Korean, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Spanish, Central Coast Council area: 0.5% Mandarin, Central Coast Council area: 0.5% Italian, Central Coast Council area: 0.4% Filipino/Tagalog, Central Coast Council area: 0.3% German, Central Coast Council area: 0.3% Cantonese, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% Greek, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% French, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% Korean, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% Arabic, Central Coast Council area: 0.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Spanish, Central Coast Council area: +405 Mandarin, Central Coast Council area: +854 Italian, Central Coast Council area: -66 Filipino/Tagalog, Central Coast Council area: +287 German, Central Coast Council area: +18 Cantonese, Central Coast Council area: +67 Greek, Central Coast Council area: -22 French, Central Coast Council area: +206 Korean, Central Coast Council area: +352 Arabic, Central Coast Council area: +72
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 the Central Coast 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, 88.4% of the population spoke English only, and 5.9% 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 the Central Coast Council area was Spanish, with 0.5% of the population, or 1,524 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 2016 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (0.5% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (0.2% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (0.2% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (0.1% 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 4,623 or 31.7%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 6,152 or 2.2%.

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

  • Mandarin (+854 persons)
  • Malayalam (+406 persons)
  • Spanish (+405 persons)
  • Korean (+352 persons)

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