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Gunnedah Shire

Language spoken at home

In the Gunnedah Shire, 2% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The Gunnedah Shire'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 Gunnedah Shire'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.

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
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Mandarin320.30.240.00.2+28

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
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only11,20792.890.410,99995.391.0+208
Non-English total1841.55.11271.14.5+57
Not stated6915.74.54123.64.5+279

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 Mandarin, Regional NSW: 0.2% Mandarin, Gunnedah Shire: 0.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011 Mandarin, Gunnedah Shire: +28
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 the population of the Gunnedah Shire in 2011 compared to Regional NSW 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, 92.8% of the population spoke English only, and 1.5% spoke a non-English language, compared with 90.4% and 5.1% respectively for Regional NSW.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the Gunnedah Shire was Mandarin, with 0.3% of the population, or 32 people speaking this language at home.

There were no major differences between Gunnedah Shire and Regional NSW in 2011.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 57 or 44.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 208 or 1.9%.

There were no major differences in the Gunnedah Shire between 2006 and 2011.

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