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Central Coast Council area

Overseas born - Language spoken at home

In 2011, 23.4% of overseas born people in the Central Coast Council area, spoke a language other than English at home.

The Central Coast Council area's language statistics show the proportion of the overseas-born population who speak a language at home other than English. They indicate how linguistically diverse a population is, and whether most migrants are from English speaking countries or non-English speaking countries. This topic also shows those languages spoken specifically by the first-generation migrants (those born overseas) so as to separate them from those born in Australia who speak another language.

Some countries, such as India, have a variety of languages spoken there, so the language spoken can indicate the region of the country of origin. Languages such as Arabic and Spanish are spoken in a range of different countries.

The Central Coast Council area's language statistics should be analysed in conjunction with 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?'

People born overseas

Language spoken at home - Ranked by size
Central Coast Council area - Overseas born20112006Change
LanguageNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
English33,19875.832.231,22478.834.7+1,974
Spanish8411.92.46741.72.5+167
German6731.50.85981.50.9+75
Italian6291.42.56401.63.1-11
Cantonese5621.36.64921.27.2+70
Mandarin5331.27.53030.86.2+230
Dutch4651.10.34141.00.4+51
Tagalog4060.92.02870.71.8+119
Greek3600.82.23430.92.8+17
French3270.70.82800.70.7+47
Filipino3240.71.22150.51.2+109
Maltese2990.70.62730.70.7+26
Arabic2830.66.22390.66.4+44
Afrikaans2630.60.31660.40.2+97
Thai2620.60.81370.30.6+125
Korean2370.52.51390.42.3+98
Russian2340.50.81370.30.8+97
Hindi2250.52.81520.42.3+73
Polish1980.50.61820.50.8+16
Japanese1530.30.61120.30.7+41
Indonesian1520.31.31100.31.2+42
Croatian1460.30.81420.41.0+4
Hungarian1380.30.31450.40.4-7
Portuguese1350.30.7890.20.7+46
Vietnamese1320.33.8740.23.8+58
Serbian1300.30.91230.31.0+7
Tongan1210.30.4920.20.4+29
Swedish960.20.1850.20.1+11
Punjabi800.21.0250.10.5+55
Persian/Dari750.21.1580.11.0+17
Urdu690.20.8680.20.6+1
Danish690.20.1630.20.1+6
Māori (New Zealand)690.20.1500.10.1+19
Bengali660.21.1290.10.8+37
Turkish650.10.7530.10.8+12
Tamil630.11.2350.11.0+28
Fijian620.10.2600.20.2+2
Finnish600.10.1690.20.1-9
Shona570.10.1280.10.1+29
Samoan550.10.7400.10.7+15
Gujarati510.10.8200.10.4+31
Sinhalese500.10.5480.10.4+2
Chinese, nfd470.10.5160.00.3+31
Marathi460.10.2200.10.1+26
Czech460.10.1520.10.2-6
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Excludes languages with fewer than 10 people speaking them at home, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Language spoken at home - Summary
Central Coast Council area - Overseas born20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Speaks English only33,19875.832.231,22478.834.7+1,974
Non-English total10,23323.467.18,08620.464.4+2,147
Not stated / Inadequately described3570.80.73380.90.9+19

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 English, Greater Sydney: 32.2% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 2.4% German, Greater Sydney: 0.8% Italian, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 6.6% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 7.5% Dutch, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Greek, Greater Sydney: 2.2% French, Greater Sydney: 0.8% English, Central Coast Council area: 75.8% Spanish, Central Coast Council area: 1.9% German, Central Coast Council area: 1.5% Italian, Central Coast Council area: 1.4% Cantonese, Central Coast Council area: 1.3% Mandarin, Central Coast Council area: 1.2% Dutch, Central Coast Council area: 1.1% Tagalog, Central Coast Council area: 0.9% Greek, Central Coast Council area: 0.8% French, Central Coast Council area: 0.7%
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 English, Central Coast Council area: +1,974 Spanish, Central Coast Council area: +167 German, Central Coast Council area: +75 Italian, Central Coast Council area: -11 Cantonese, Central Coast Council area: +70 Mandarin, Central Coast Council area: +230 Dutch, Central Coast Council area: +51 Tagalog, Central Coast Council area: +119 Greek, Central Coast Council area: +17 French, Central Coast Council area: +47
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 overseas born population in 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, 75.8% of the overseas born population spoke English only, and 23.4% spoke a non-English language, compared with 32.2% and 67.1% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The dominant language spoken at home by the overseas born population, other than English, in the Central Coast Council area was Spanish, with 1.9% of the population, or 841 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (1.2% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (0.6% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (1.3% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (0.3% compared to 3.8%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of overseas born people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 2,147 or 26.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 1,974 or 6.3%.

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 (+230 persons)
  • Spanish (+167 persons)
  • Thai (+125 persons)
  • Tagalog (+119 persons)
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