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Language spoken at home

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In Hobsons Bay City, 29% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

Hobsons Bay City'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.

Hobsons Bay City'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
Hobsons Bay City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idArabic3,0443.41.73,0263.61.6+18
map this data in atlas.idItalian2,3792.72.32,7343.32.8-355
Greek
2,3542.72.42,5453.02.8-191
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese1,7752.02.31,6372.02.1+138
Mandarin
1,2841.44.18591.02.5+425
Maltese
1,2371.40.41,3441.60.4-107
Macedonian
1,0761.20.61,1711.40.7-95
Cantonese
9071.01.79091.11.8-2
Punjabi
8511.01.29091.10.7-58
Hindi
8310.91.16100.70.8+221
Filipino/Tagalog
8040.90.88151.00.7-11
Croatian
7610.90.47700.90.5-9
Spanish
6210.70.84990.60.7+122
Serbian
6110.70.46500.80.4-39
German
3750.40.43910.50.4-16
Polish
3660.40.34050.50.4-39
Karen
3320.40.13380.40.1-6
Indonesian
3030.30.42160.30.3+87
Telugu
2950.30.31420.20.2+153
Urdu
2940.30.51210.10.3+173
Albanian
2450.30.12450.30.20
French
2300.30.42050.20.4+25
Thai
1990.20.21440.20.2+55
Persian/Dari
1930.20.8760.10.4+117
Portuguese
1930.20.21450.20.1+48
Tamil
1850.20.6960.10.4+89
Japanese
1820.20.21150.10.2+67
Non-verbal so described
1780.20.21090.10.1+69
Slovak
1710.20.02080.20.0-37
Bengali
1650.20.21070.10.2+58
Gujarati
1600.20.31770.20.2-17
Nepali
1370.20.21050.10.1+32
Amharic
1290.10.11260.20.1+3
Khmer
1270.10.31430.20.3-16
Romanian
1270.10.11250.10.1+2
Tongan
1270.10.1770.10.0+50
Sinhalese
1190.10.81020.10.7+17
Russian
1120.10.41060.10.4+6
Dutch
1090.10.1920.10.2+17
Hungarian
1070.10.1900.10.2+17
Malayalam
1040.10.31190.10.2-15
Turkish
960.10.71100.10.8-14
Samoan
860.10.2520.10.2+34
Afrikaans
840.10.1410.00.1+43
Māori (New Zealand)
780.10.0670.10.0+11
Korean
730.10.3860.10.3-13
Serbo-Croatian Yugoslavian, so described
670.10.0590.10.0+8
Somali
600.10.2470.10.1+13
Ukrainian
590.10.1640.10.1-5
Swedish
570.10.0530.10.0+4
Burmese
570.10.1780.10.1-21
Tigrinya
570.10.0550.10.0+2
Marathi
550.10.1350.00.1+20
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
530.10.1540.10.1-1
Malay
520.10.1660.10.1-14
Bosnian
520.10.1720.10.1-20
Lao
410.00.0470.10.0-6
Pashto
350.00.180.00.1+27
Slovene
350.00.0340.00.0+1
Auslan
300.00.1330.00.0-3
Swahili
290.00.0220.00.0+7
Finnish
280.00.0290.00.0-1
Danish
280.00.0210.00.0+7
Dinka
250.00.1380.00.1-13
Chinese, nfd
250.00.1340.00.2-9
Oromo
240.00.0320.00.0-8
Chin Haka
240.00.1190.00.0+5
Czech
210.00.0300.00.0-9
Kannada
210.00.1350.00.1-14
Assyrian/Aramaic
170.00.3100.00.2+7
Bulgarian
160.00.070.00.0+9
Kurdish
150.00.000.00.0+15
Hakka
140.00.1240.00.1-10
Shona
130.00.0100.00.0+3
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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
Hobsons Bay City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
58,23565.662.055,11665.766.4+3,119
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total25,76229.032.324,67929.429.0+1,083
Not stated
4,7855.45.64,0664.84.6+719

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 Arabic, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.4% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Mandarin, Greater Melbourne: 4.1% Maltese, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Macedonian, Greater Melbourne: 0.6% Cantonese, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Punjabi, Greater Melbourne: 1.2% Hindi, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Arabic, Hobsons Bay City: 3.4% Italian, Hobsons Bay City: 2.7% Greek, Hobsons Bay City: 2.7% Vietnamese, Hobsons Bay City: 2.0% Mandarin, Hobsons Bay City: 1.4% Maltese, Hobsons Bay City: 1.4% Macedonian, Hobsons Bay City: 1.2% Cantonese, Hobsons Bay City: 1.0% Punjabi, Hobsons Bay City: 1.0% Hindi, Hobsons Bay City: 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 language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Arabic, Hobsons Bay City: +18 Italian, Hobsons Bay City: -355 Greek, Hobsons Bay City: -191 Vietnamese, Hobsons Bay City: +138 Mandarin, Hobsons Bay City: +425 Maltese, Hobsons Bay City: -107 Macedonian, Hobsons Bay City: -95 Cantonese, Hobsons Bay City: -2 Punjabi, Hobsons Bay City: -58 Hindi, Hobsons Bay City: +221
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 Hobsons Bay City in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 65.6% of the population spoke English only, and 29.0% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.0% and 32.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Hobsons Bay City was Arabic, with 3.4% of the population, or 3,044 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Hobsons Bay City and Greater Melbourne in 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (3.4% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Maltese at home (1.4% compared to 0.4%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (1.4% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 1,083 or 4.4%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 3,119 or 5.7%.

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

  • Mandarin (+425 persons)
  • Italian (-355 persons)
  • Hindi (+221 persons)
  • Greek (-191 persons)

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