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In 2011, 19% of people in City of Darwin, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in City of Darwin. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, City of Darwin's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
City of Darwin - Overseas born (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
United Kingdom
2,9134.03.92,7694.24.2+144
map this data in atlas.idPhilippines2,1853.02.41,1251.71.4+1,060
New Zealand
1,6372.22.11,3932.12.0+244
map this data in atlas.idIndia1,0911.51.13860.60.5+705
Greece
8991.20.88131.20.8+86
East Timor
8321.10.88761.30.9-44
China
7241.00.72670.40.3+457
Indonesia
7191.00.85590.80.6+160
Germany
4920.70.64220.60.6+70
Thailand
4310.60.52940.40.4+137
Malaysia
4080.60.53690.60.5+39
Ireland
3700.50.41470.20.2+223
Vietnam
3660.50.52820.40.5+84
Iran
3400.50.3150.00.0+325
Nepal
3110.40.3210.00.0+290
Sri Lanka
2820.40.32070.30.2+75
Papua New Guinea
2710.40.43040.50.5-33
Zimbabwe
2710.40.31380.20.1+133
South Africa
2690.40.41610.20.2+108
Italy
2610.40.32690.40.3-8
United States of America
2550.30.32180.30.3+37
Netherlands
1890.30.21880.30.3+1
Canada
1810.20.21210.20.2+60
Afghanistan
1810.20.200.00.0+181
Sudan
1670.20.11840.30.2-17
South Korea
1570.20.1250.00.0+132
Hong Kong
1560.20.21820.30.2-26
Singapore
1540.20.21280.20.2+26
Burma (Myanmar)
1480.20.1390.10.1+109
Pakistan
1380.20.1620.10.1+76
Fiji
1360.20.21050.20.1+31
Taiwan
1290.20.1490.10.0+80
France
1140.20.11040.20.1+10
Portugal
1120.20.11050.20.1+7
Cyprus
1020.10.11160.20.1-14
Bangladesh
1010.10.1270.00.1+74
Japan
940.10.1680.10.1+26
Liberia
800.10.1740.10.1+6
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
City of Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born19,41526.621.614,14021.318.4+5,275
map this data in atlas.idNon-English speaking backgrounds13,79018.914.49,33114.111.3+4,459
Main English speaking countries
5,6257.77.24,8097.37.1+816
Australia
45,45762.367.545,41468.570.7+43
Not stated
8,08211.110.96,75510.210.9+1,327

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 United Kingdom, Greater Darwin: 3.9% Philippines, Greater Darwin: 2.4% New Zealand, Greater Darwin: 2.1% India, Greater Darwin: 1.1% Greece, Greater Darwin: 0.8% East Timor, Greater Darwin: 0.8% China, Greater Darwin: 0.7% Indonesia, Greater Darwin: 0.8% Germany, Greater Darwin: 0.6% Thailand, Greater Darwin: 0.5% United Kingdom, City of Darwin: 4.0% Philippines, City of Darwin: 3.0% New Zealand, City of Darwin: 2.2% India, City of Darwin: 1.5% Greece, City of Darwin: 1.2% East Timor, City of Darwin: 1.1% China, City of Darwin: 1.0% Indonesia, City of Darwin: 1.0% Germany, City of Darwin: 0.7% Thailand, City of Darwin: 0.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 United Kingdom, City of Darwin: +144 Philippines, City of Darwin: +1,060 New Zealand, City of Darwin: +244 India, City of Darwin: +705 Greece, City of Darwin: +86 East Timor, City of Darwin: -44 China, City of Darwin: +457 Indonesia, City of Darwin: +160 Germany, City of Darwin: +70 Thailand, City of Darwin: +137
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the country of birth of the population in City of Darwin in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas, as well as a larger proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 26.6% of the population was born overseas, and 18.9% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 21.6% and 14.4% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in City of Darwin was Philippines, where 3.0% of the population, or 2,185 people, were born.

There were no major differences between City of Darwin and Greater Darwin in 2011.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 5,275 or 37.3%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 4,459 or 47.8%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • Philippines (+1,060 persons)
  • India (+705 persons)
  • China (+457 persons)
  • Iran (+325 persons)

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