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Greater Western Sydney Region

Language spoken at home

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In the Greater Western Sydney Region, 42% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual language groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

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)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Arabic144,7586.74.0127,8456.64.1+16,913
Vietnamese78,5223.62.167,9793.51.9+10,542
Mandarin70,1703.34.743,3802.23.0+26,789
Cantonese53,3232.52.951,3882.63.0+1,934
Hindi46,4252.21.337,1371.91.2+9,287
Filipino/Tagalog42,4692.01.338,1622.01.2+4,306
Assyrian/Aramaic27,9551.30.619,6581.00.5+8,297
Spanish26,6191.21.226,0651.31.1+553
Persian/Dari24,3071.10.715,4100.80.5+8,896
Korean23,8921.11.216,9240.91.1+6,968
Punjabi23,7241.10.614,8330.80.4+8,891
Italian23,1721.11.326,6761.41.6-3,505
Tamil20,8191.00.614,4200.70.5+6,399
Urdu20,5541.00.611,8480.60.4+8,706
Greek18,9240.91.620,1481.01.8-1,225
Bengali14,8400.70.68,6810.40.5+6,159
Turkish14,7720.70.415,1860.80.5-415
Gujarati14,5300.70.49,3380.50.3+5,192
Samoan14,0670.70.312,3890.60.3+1,678
Serbian12,4630.60.413,0930.70.4-630
Nepali11,4380.50.74,3830.20.4+7,055
Croatian11,3390.50.412,4770.60.5-1,138
Khmer10,5600.50.29,4100.50.2+1,150
Maltese8,8690.40.29,5080.50.3-639
Indonesian8,4280.40.66,8230.40.5+1,605
Macedonian7,7950.40.48,0930.40.4-298
Telugu7,6850.40.24,1580.20.2+3,527
Malayalam6,9390.30.23,3460.20.1+3,593
Tongan6,8160.30.25,9050.30.2+911
Sinhalese6,7210.30.25,7360.30.2+985
Polish5,9750.30.36,7620.30.3-787
Non-verbal so described5,3950.30.23,2790.20.1+2,116
Thai5,2630.20.43,6320.20.3+1,631
Lao4,6540.20.14,6030.20.1+50
French4,3510.20.44,3530.20.4-2
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)4,2970.20.14,1050.20.1+192
German4,0950.20.34,6180.20.4-523
Marathi4,0780.20.12,9120.10.1+1,166
Russian4,0650.20.43,7900.20.4+275
Portuguese3,3040.20.42,7420.10.3+562
Burmese2,6550.10.12,2100.10.1+445
Bosnian2,6120.10.12,6580.10.1-46
Armenian2,4460.10.22,1910.10.2+254
Kannada2,3470.10.11,5320.10.0+815
Fijian2,3230.10.11,9390.10.1+384
Kurdish2,2960.10.11,9620.10.0+334
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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)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only1,131,03352.558.41,095,39056.462.3+35,642
Non-English total908,42342.135.8753,91238.832.4+154,510
Not stated116,1145.45.893,8824.85.3+22,232

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 Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Hindi, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Assyrian/Aramaic, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Persian/Dari, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Korean, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Arabic, Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.7% Vietnamese, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.6% Mandarin, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.3% Cantonese, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.5% Hindi, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.2% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.0% Assyrian/Aramaic, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.3% Spanish, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.2% Persian/Dari, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.1% Korean, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Arabic, Greater Western Sydney Region: +16,913 Vietnamese, Greater Western Sydney Region: +10,542 Mandarin, Greater Western Sydney Region: +26,789 Cantonese, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,934 Hindi, Greater Western Sydney Region: +9,287 Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Western Sydney Region: +4,306 Assyrian/Aramaic, Greater Western Sydney Region: +8,297 Spanish, Greater Western Sydney Region: +553 Persian/Dari, Greater Western Sydney Region: +8,896 Korean, Greater Western Sydney Region: +6,968
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 Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 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, 52.5% of the population spoke English only, and 42.1% 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 Greater Western Sydney Region was Arabic, with 6.7% of the population, or 144,758 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 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (6.7% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (3.6% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (3.3% compared to 4.7%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 154,511 or 20.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 35,643 or 3.3%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the Greater Western Sydney Region between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+26,789 persons)
  • Arabic (+16,913 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+10,542 persons)
  • Hindi (+9,287 persons)

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