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Life-stages - Language spoken at home

In 2011, 16.8% of people aged 0 to 4 years in City of Darwin spoke a language other than English at home.

City of Darwin's language statistics show the proportion of the population in the selected age group who speak a language at home other than English, and the main languages spoken. They indicate how culturally diverse a population is and the degree to which different ethnic groups and nationalities are retaining their language at different ages.

City of Darwin's language statistics should be analysed in conjunction with Country of Birth as different cultural groups are better analysed through the different topics. For major language groups, Community of Interest profiles are available for that specific language by a range of characteristics.

Derived from the Census question:

'Does the person speak a language other than English at home?'

Children aged 0 to 4 years

Language spoken at home - Ranked by size
City of Darwin - 0 to 4 years20112006Change
LanguageNumber%Northern TerritoryNumber%Northern Territory2006 to 2011
English3,38669.861.83,38276.363.7+4
Greek1843.81.21313.00.9+53
Non-verbal, so described921.91.1771.71.2+15
Tagalog591.20.400.00.1+59
Mandarin521.10.3150.30.2+37
Indonesian430.90.3360.80.3+7
Filipino410.80.340.10.1+37
Malayalam400.80.400.00.0+40
Thai260.50.2190.40.2+7
Australian Indigenous Languages240.519.1400.918.4-16
Vietnamese240.50.3420.90.4-18
Portuguese190.40.190.20.1+10
German180.40.3100.20.2+8
Urdu160.30.100.00.0+16
Somali150.30.0230.50.1-8
Burmese140.30.000.00.0+14
Italian130.30.160.10.1+7
Hakka130.30.2330.70.3-20
Shona120.20.100.00.0+12
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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
City of Darwin - 0 to 4 years20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Northern TerritoryNumber%Northern Territory2006 to 2011
Speaks English only3,38669.861.83,38276.363.7+4
Non-English total81616.826.854712.324.0+269
Not stated64913.411.450111.312.3+148

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, Northern Territory: 61.8% Greek, Northern Territory: 1.2% Non-verbal, so described, Northern Territory: 1.1% Tagalog, Northern Territory: 0.4% Mandarin, Northern Territory: 0.3% Indonesian, Northern Territory: 0.3% Filipino, Northern Territory: 0.3% Malayalam, Northern Territory: 0.4% Thai, Northern Territory: 0.2% Australian Indigenous Languages, Northern Territory: 19.1% English, City of Darwin: 69.8% Greek, City of Darwin: 3.8% Non-verbal, so described, City of Darwin: 1.9% Tagalog, City of Darwin: 1.2% Mandarin, City of Darwin: 1.1% Indonesian, City of Darwin: 0.9% Filipino, City of Darwin: 0.8% Malayalam, City of Darwin: 0.8% Thai, City of Darwin: 0.5% Australian Indigenous Languages, City of Darwin: 0.5%
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, City of Darwin: +4 Greek, City of Darwin: +53 Non-verbal, so described, City of Darwin: +15 Tagalog, City of Darwin: +59 Mandarin, City of Darwin: +37 Indonesian, City of Darwin: +7 Filipino, City of Darwin: +37 Malayalam, City of Darwin: +40 Thai, City of Darwin: +7 Australian Indigenous Languages, City of Darwin: -16
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 people aged 0 to 4 years in City of Darwin in 2011 compared to Northern Territory 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, 69.8% of people aged 0 to 4 years spoke English only, and 16.8% spoke a non-English language, compared with 61.8% and 26.8% respectively for Northern Territory.

Other than English, the dominant language spoken at home by people aged 0 to 4 years in City of Darwin was Greek, with 3.8% of the population, or 184 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for people aged 0 to 4 years of City of Darwin and Northern Territory in 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking English at home (69.8% compared to 61.8%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (3.8% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Australian Indigenous Languages at home (0.5% compared to 19.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people aged 0 to 4 years who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 269 or 49.2%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 4 or 0.1%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of people aged 0 to 4 years in City of Darwin between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Tagalog (+59 persons)
  • Greek (+53 persons)
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