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Hobsons Bay City

Proficiency in English

In Hobsons Bay City, 4,334 people who were able to speak another language in 2016, reported difficulty speaking English.

Proficiency in English measures the self-assessed proficiency in spoken English of people who speak a language other than English at home. The data, when viewed with other ethnic and cultural indicators, such as Ancestry, Country of Birth, Language Spoken at Home and Religion, reflects Hobsons Bay City's ethnic composition and how long the overseas born have been in Australia. This helps service providers determine whether they need to communicate with the local population in languages other than English.

Derived from the Census question:

'How well does the person speak English?'

Total population

Proficiency in English
Hobsons Bay City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only58,23465.662.055,11765.766.3+3,117
Speaks another language, and English well or very well21,37224.126.720,26124.224.0+1,111
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all4,3344.95.64,4095.35.0-75
Not stated4,8415.55.74,0744.94.6+767

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

Proficiency in English, 2016
Proficiency in English, 2016 Not stated, Greater Melbourne: 5.7% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Melbourne: 5.6% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Melbourne: 26.7% Speaks English only, Greater Melbourne: 62.0% Not stated, Hobsons Bay City: 5.5% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Hobsons Bay City: 4.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Hobsons Bay City: 24.1% Speaks English only, Hobsons Bay City: 65.6%
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 Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Hobsons Bay City: +767 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Hobsons Bay City: -75 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Hobsons Bay City: +1,111 Speaks English only, Hobsons Bay City: +3,117
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 proficiency in English data of the population in Hobsons Bay City in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who spoke English only, and a lower proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 65.6% of people spoke English only, and 4.9% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 62.0% and 5.6% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks English only (+3,117 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+1,111 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (-75 persons)

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