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Language spoken at home

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In the Gunnedah Shire, 2% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

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.

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
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Mandarin390.30.4320.30.2+7
Afrikaans320.30.100.00.1+32
Filipino/Tagalog280.20.360.00.2+22

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)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
11,00090.087.111,20792.890.4-207
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total2772.35.81841.55.1+93
Not stated
9397.77.16915.74.5+248

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 Mandarin, Regional NSW: 0.4% Afrikaans, Regional NSW: 0.1% Filipino/Tagalog, Regional NSW: 0.3% Mandarin, Gunnedah Shire: 0.3% Afrikaans, Gunnedah Shire: 0.3% Filipino/Tagalog, Gunnedah Shire: 0.2%
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 Mandarin, Gunnedah Shire: +7 Afrikaans, Gunnedah Shire: +32 Filipino/Tagalog, Gunnedah Shire: +22
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 the Gunnedah Shire in 2016 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, 90.0% of the population spoke English only, and 2.3% spoke a non-English language, compared with 87.1% and 5.8% 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 39 people speaking this language at home.

There were no major differences between Gunnedah Shire and Regional NSW in 2016.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 93 or 50.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 207 or 1.8%.

There were no major differences in the Gunnedah Shire between 2011 and 2016.

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