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Altona North

Proficiency in English

In Altona North, 1,387 people who were able to speak another language in 2011, 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 Altona North'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
Altona North - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Hobsons Bay City %Number%Hobsons Bay City %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only4,75941.465.74,29039.166.6+469
Speaks another language, and English well or very well4,46538.824.24,38040.022.7+85
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,38712.05.31,46413.45.4-77
Not Stated8987.84.98267.55.4+72

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Proficiency in English, 2011
Proficiency in English, 2011 Not Stated, Hobsons Bay City: 4.9% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Hobsons Bay City: 5.3% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Hobsons Bay City: 24.2% Speaks English only, Hobsons Bay City: 65.7% Not Stated, Altona North: 7.8% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Altona North: 12.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Altona North: 38.8% Speaks English only, Altona North: 41.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in Proficiency in English, 2006 to 2011
Change in Proficiency in English, 2006 to 2011 Not Stated, Altona North: +72 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Altona North: -77 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Altona North: +85 Speaks English only, Altona North: +469
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 proficiency in English data of the population in Altona North in 2011 compared to Hobsons Bay City shows that there was a lower proportion of people who spoke English only, and a higher proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 41.4% of people spoke English only, and 12.0% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 65.7% and 5.3% respectively for Hobsons Bay City.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks English only (+469 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+85 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (-77 persons)

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