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Language spoken at home

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In City of Darwin, 27% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

City of Darwin'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.

City of Darwin'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
City of Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Filipino/Tagalog
2,9403.73.11,9112.62.1+1,029
map this data in atlas.idGreek2,7903.52.32,5093.42.3+281
map this data in atlas.idMandarin1,6122.01.49051.20.8+707
Nepali
9571.20.83400.50.3+617
Indonesian
8131.00.87501.00.7+63
Australian Indigenous Languages
7711.00.88571.21.0-86
Malayalam
7180.90.63030.40.3+415
Vietnamese
5930.80.74380.60.6+155
Cantonese
5910.80.55330.70.5+58
Hindi
5180.70.52330.30.2+285
Thai
4900.60.54240.60.5+66
Italian
4750.60.44670.60.5+8
Hakka
4560.60.45550.80.5-99
German
4030.50.43800.50.4+23
Portuguese
3770.50.44150.60.4-38
Tamil
3690.50.41710.20.2+198
Punjabi
3630.50.31770.20.2+186
French
3620.50.42160.30.2+146
Sinhalese
3440.40.31400.20.2+204
Bengali
3160.40.31150.20.2+201
Japanese
3160.40.31130.20.1+203
Urdu
2830.40.31340.20.1+149
Spanish
2600.30.32060.30.2+54
Korean
2190.30.21310.20.1+88
Arabic
2180.30.22140.30.2+4
Non-verbal so described
1940.20.2950.10.1+99
Gujarati
1690.20.2490.10.1+120
Swahili
1670.20.1710.10.1+96
Tetum
1570.20.21360.20.1+21
Persian/Dari
1310.20.1390.10.0+92
Burmese
1250.20.11110.20.1+14
Shona
1240.20.21350.20.1-11
Telugu
1110.10.2450.10.1+66
Dutch
1070.10.1930.10.1+14
Afrikaans
930.10.1930.10.20
Malay
930.10.1670.10.1+26
Russian
790.10.1380.10.0+41
Khmer
770.10.2450.10.1+32
Polish
710.10.1340.00.0+37
Dinka
640.10.1400.10.0+24
Fijian
540.10.1620.10.1-8
Hungarian
500.10.1410.10.1+9
Serbian
460.10.0330.00.0+13
Chin Haka
420.10.000.0--+42
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
420.10.0500.10.1-8
Karen
410.10.0500.10.0-9
Marathi
390.00.0440.10.0-5
Chinese, nfd
370.00.0960.10.1-59
Tongan
360.00.0310.00.0+5
Lao
350.00.0310.00.0+4
Māori (New Zealand)
350.00.1420.10.1-7
Turkish
350.00.0320.00.0+3
Auslan
340.00.0170.00.0+17
Swedish
340.00.0250.00.0+9
Estonian
320.00.0150.00.0+17
Czech
280.00.0180.00.0+10
Samoan
260.00.070.00.0+19
Croatian
250.00.0170.00.0+8
Somali
240.00.0430.10.0-19
Danish
220.00.0220.00.00
Romanian
200.00.080.00.0+12
Finnish
190.00.0140.00.0+5
Albanian
190.00.030.00.0+16
Kannada
180.00.0170.00.0+1
Pashto
180.00.0120.00.0+6
Bosnian
140.00.060.00.0+8
Fijian Hindustani
140.00.000.0--+14
Slovene
130.00.000.00.0+13
Macedonian
120.00.0190.00.0-7
Oromo
110.00.0130.00.0-2
Norwegian
100.00.090.00.0+1
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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
City of Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
49,11462.367.949,25267.572.7-138
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total21,13026.820.315,32021.015.8+5,810
Not stated
8,54910.811.88,37711.511.6+172

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 Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Darwin: 3.1% Greek, Greater Darwin: 2.3% Mandarin, Greater Darwin: 1.4% Nepali, Greater Darwin: 0.8% Indonesian, Greater Darwin: 0.8% Australian Indigenous Languages, Greater Darwin: 0.8% Malayalam, Greater Darwin: 0.6% Vietnamese, Greater Darwin: 0.7% Cantonese, Greater Darwin: 0.5% Hindi, Greater Darwin: 0.5% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Darwin: 3.7% Greek, City of Darwin: 3.5% Mandarin, City of Darwin: 2.0% Nepali, City of Darwin: 1.2% Indonesian, City of Darwin: 1.0% Australian Indigenous Languages, City of Darwin: 1.0% Malayalam, City of Darwin: 0.9% Vietnamese, City of Darwin: 0.8% Cantonese, City of Darwin: 0.8% Hindi, City of Darwin: 0.7%
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 Filipino/Tagalog, City of Darwin: +1,029 Greek, City of Darwin: +281 Mandarin, City of Darwin: +707 Nepali, City of Darwin: +617 Indonesian, City of Darwin: +63 Australian Indigenous Languages, City of Darwin: -86 Malayalam, City of Darwin: +415 Vietnamese, City of Darwin: +155 Cantonese, City of Darwin: +58 Hindi, City of Darwin: +285
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 City of Darwin in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin 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, 62.3% of the population spoke English only, and 26.8% spoke a non-English language, compared with 67.9% and 20.3% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in City of Darwin was Filipino/Tagalog, with 3.7% of the population, or 2,940 people speaking this language at home.

The major difference between the languages spoken at home for the population of City of Darwin and Greater Darwin in 2016 was:

  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (3.5% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 5,810 or 37.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 138 or 0.3%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in City of Darwin between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

  • Filipino/Tagalog (+1,029 persons)
  • Mandarin (+707 persons)
  • Nepali (+617 persons)
  • Malayalam (+415 persons)

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