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In 2016, 24% 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.

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 birthplace 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:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
City of Darwin - Overseas born (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idPhilippines3,3684.33.62,1853.02.4+1,183
United Kingdom
3,1634.03.72,9134.03.9+250
map this data in atlas.idIndia2,1062.72.01,0911.51.1+1,015
New Zealand
1,6012.02.11,6372.22.1-36
Greece
1,1251.40.98991.20.8+226
China
9531.20.87241.00.7+229
Nepal
8951.10.73110.40.3+584
East Timor
8511.10.78321.10.8+19
Indonesia
7440.90.77191.00.8+25
Ireland
7020.90.63700.50.4+332
Thailand
5290.70.64310.60.5+98
Sri Lanka
5260.70.52820.40.3+244
Malaysia
4770.60.54080.60.5+69
Vietnam
4720.60.63660.50.5+106
Germany
4450.60.54920.70.6-47
Taiwan
4160.50.41290.20.1+287
South Africa
3450.40.52690.40.4+76
Italy
3200.40.32610.40.3+59
Japan
3110.40.3940.10.1+217
United States of America
3060.40.32550.30.3+51
Bangladesh
2790.40.31010.10.1+178
Papua New Guinea
2490.30.32710.40.4-22
South Korea
2410.30.21570.20.1+84
Pakistan
2400.30.21380.20.1+102
Zimbabwe
2340.30.32710.40.3-37
France
2180.30.21140.20.1+104
Singapore
2080.30.21540.20.2+54
Hong Kong
1940.20.21560.20.2+38
Canada
1790.20.21810.20.2-2
Netherlands
1690.20.21890.30.2-20
Fiji
1590.20.21360.20.2+23
Burma (Myanmar)
1570.20.11480.20.1+9
Sudan
1500.20.11670.20.1-17
Iran
1060.10.13400.50.3-234
Portugal
1050.10.11120.20.1-7
Cyprus
920.10.11020.10.1-10
Kenya
840.10.1630.10.1+21
Nigeria
840.10.1190.00.0+65
Congo, Democratic Republic of
810.10.1480.10.0+33
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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)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born24,90731.625.519,41526.621.6+5,492
Non-English speaking backgrounds
18,61123.618.113,79018.914.4+4,821
Main English speaking countries
6,2968.07.45,6257.77.2+671
Australia
44,95157.062.745,45762.367.5-506
Not stated
8,94111.311.88,08211.110.9+859

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2016
Birthplace, 2016 Philippines, Greater Darwin: 3.6% United Kingdom, Greater Darwin: 3.7% India, Greater Darwin: 2.0% New Zealand, Greater Darwin: 2.1% Greece, Greater Darwin: 0.9% China, Greater Darwin: 0.8% Nepal, Greater Darwin: 0.7% East Timor, Greater Darwin: 0.7% Indonesia, Greater Darwin: 0.7% Ireland, Greater Darwin: 0.6% Philippines, City of Darwin: 4.3% United Kingdom, City of Darwin: 4.0% India, City of Darwin: 2.7% New Zealand, City of Darwin: 2.0% Greece, City of Darwin: 1.4% China, City of Darwin: 1.2% Nepal, City of Darwin: 1.1% East Timor, City of Darwin: 1.1% Indonesia, City of Darwin: 0.9% Ireland, City of Darwin: 0.9%
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 birthplace, 2011 to 2016
Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016 Philippines, City of Darwin: +1,183 United Kingdom, City of Darwin: +250 India, City of Darwin: +1,015 New Zealand, City of Darwin: -36 Greece, City of Darwin: +226 China, City of Darwin: +229 Nepal, City of Darwin: +584 East Timor, City of Darwin: +19 Indonesia, City of Darwin: +25 Ireland, City of Darwin: +332
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 country of birth of the population in City of Darwin in 2016 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, 31.6% of the population was born overseas, and 23.6% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 25.5% and 18.1% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in City of Darwin was Philippines, where 4.3% of the population, or 3,368 people, were born.

There were no major differences between City of Darwin and Greater Darwin in 2016.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people born overseas increased by 5,492 or 28.3%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 4,821 or 35.0%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were for those born in:

  • Philippines (+1,183 persons)
  • India (+1,015 persons)
  • Nepal (+584 persons)
  • Ireland (+332 persons)

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