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Greater Western Sydney Region

Language spoken at home

In the Greater Western Sydney Region, 39% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The Greater Western Sydney Region'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 Greater Western Sydney Region'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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Arabic127,7296.64.1111,1796.23.9+16,550
Vietnamese67,8693.51.958,1563.31.8+9,713
Cantonese48,8382.53.046,6972.63.0+2,141
Mandarin41,0522.13.030,1871.72.3+10,865
Filipino/Tagalog38,0172.01.232,3081.81.1+5,709
Hindi36,8011.91.226,5321.50.9+10,269
Italian26,5901.41.628,7241.61.7-2,134
Spanish26,0311.41.125,5091.41.1+522
Greek20,0211.01.820,0111.11.9+10
Assyrian/Aramaic19,6291.00.514,8890.80.4+4,740
Korean15,6600.81.111,5290.60.9+4,131
Persian/Dari15,3540.80.511,1230.60.4+4,231
Turkish15,1980.80.514,1030.80.5+1,095
Punjabi14,7520.80.46,6190.40.2+8,133
Tamil14,2020.70.59,7030.50.4+4,499
Serbian13,0950.70.413,0260.70.4+69
Samoan12,4010.60.310,5070.60.3+1,894
Croatian12,3630.60.512,7090.70.5-346
Urdu11,8660.60.46,7890.40.2+5,077
Maltese9,5330.50.310,3300.60.3-797
Khmer9,3980.50.28,1280.50.2+1,270
Gujarati9,3270.50.33,0990.20.1+6,228
Bengali8,6400.40.54,8800.30.3+3,760
Macedonian8,1100.40.47,7220.40.5+388
Polish6,8100.40.37,5040.40.3-694
Indonesian6,7220.30.54,6340.30.4+2,088
Tongan5,9360.30.24,8920.30.2+1,044
Sinhalese5,5430.30.23,8660.20.2+1,677
Lao4,5950.20.14,6260.30.1-31
German4,5890.20.44,7630.30.4-174
Nepali4,3530.20.49730.10.1+3,380
French4,3050.20.43,9040.20.3+401
Telugu4,0670.20.21,9720.10.1+2,095
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)4,0000.20.13,5920.20.1+408
Russian3,6930.20.43,4670.20.3+226
Thai3,5850.20.32,4980.10.2+1,087
Malayalam3,2540.20.11,3060.10.1+1,948
Non-verbal so described3,2390.20.13,4450.20.2-206
Marathi2,8580.10.11,3830.10.1+1,475
Portuguese2,7230.10.32,5820.10.3+141
Bosnian2,6480.10.12,5190.10.1+129
Chinese, nfd2,4530.10.21,6050.10.1+848
Hungarian2,2910.10.12,4910.10.2-200
Burmese2,2030.10.11,6200.10.1+583
Armenian2,1780.10.21,9520.10.2+226
Fijian1,9690.10.11,6860.10.1+283
Kurdish1,9670.10.01,6550.10.0+312
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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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only1,085,24456.462.31,062,21859.464.0+23,026
Non-English total745,00338.732.4626,06335.029.2+118,940
Not stated93,4474.95.3100,6555.66.8-7,208

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% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Hindi, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Assyrian/Aramaic, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Arabic, Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.6% Vietnamese, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.5% Cantonese, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.5% Mandarin, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.1% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.0% Hindi, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.9% Italian, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.4% Spanish, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.4% Greek, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.0% Assyrian/Aramaic, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.0%
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, Greater Western Sydney Region: +16,550 Vietnamese, Greater Western Sydney Region: +9,713 Cantonese, Greater Western Sydney Region: +2,141 Mandarin, Greater Western Sydney Region: +10,865 Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Western Sydney Region: +5,709 Hindi, Greater Western Sydney Region: +10,269 Italian, Greater Western Sydney Region: -2,134 Spanish, Greater Western Sydney Region: +522 Greek, Greater Western Sydney Region: +10 Assyrian/Aramaic, Greater Western Sydney Region: +4,740
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 Greater Western Sydney Region 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, 56.4% of the population spoke English only, and 38.7% 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 the Greater Western Sydney Region was Arabic, with 6.6% of the population, or 127,729 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney in 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (6.6% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (3.5% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 118,940 or 19.0%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 23,026 or 2.2%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the Greater Western Sydney Region between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Arabic (+16,550 persons)
  • Mandarin (+10,865 persons)
  • Hindi (+10,269 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+9,713 persons)

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