Merrylands
Language spoken at home

In Merrylands, 60% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

Merrylands'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.

Merrylands'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
Merrylands20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Holroyd City %Number%Holroyd City %2006 to 2011
Arabic
3,77419.612.53,49519.412.5+279
Persian/Dari
1,1506.02.77334.11.9+417
Mandarin
6623.42.54752.62.1+187
Turkish
5953.11.75182.91.6+77
Hindi
4452.32.93211.82.0+124
Cantonese
4422.32.44982.82.5-56
Italian
3591.91.53752.11.9-16
Filipino/Tagalog
3331.71.73301.81.5+3
Croatian
3261.71.03772.11.1-51
Punjabi
2911.51.3340.20.5+257
Gujarati
2331.22.1480.30.5+185
Spanish
2291.21.22331.31.3-3
Vietnamese
2181.10.91650.90.9+53
Greek
2161.11.32451.41.5-28
Urdu
1470.80.5650.40.2+82
Serbian
1430.70.42091.20.5-66
Nepali
1130.60.3140.10.1+99
Tongan
930.50.3910.50.3+2
Maltese
910.51.4940.51.8-3
Indonesian
780.40.3540.30.3+24
Kurdish
780.40.31100.60.3-32
Samoan
730.40.3870.50.3-14
Bosnian
690.40.2560.30.2+13
Assyrian/Aramaic
670.30.3540.30.2+13
Korean
670.30.6490.30.7+18
French
600.30.3440.20.3+16
Bengali
600.30.4330.20.3+27
Burmese
580.30.2290.20.2+29
Russian
570.30.2460.30.2+11
Telugu
520.30.9450.20.5+7
Non-verbal so described
510.30.3480.30.2+3
Tamil
480.23.4680.42.4-20
Polish
430.20.3790.40.4-36
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
420.20.1360.20.1+6
Fijian
410.20.2530.30.2-12
Armenian
380.20.1210.10.1+17
Slovene
370.20.1390.20.1-2
Albanian
340.20.1160.10.0+18
Dinka
330.20.2890.50.3-56
German
280.10.1220.10.2+6
Amharic
270.10.1230.10.0+4
Sinhalese
250.10.4440.20.3-19
Malayalam
230.10.3110.10.2+12
Thai
220.10.2230.10.1-1
Pashto
210.10.1210.10.10
Māori (New Zealand)
200.10.1450.30.1-25
Khmer
200.10.1220.10.1-2
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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
Merrylands20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Holroyd City %Number%Holroyd City %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only6,24332.543.16,46535.948.6-223
Non-English total11,59560.351.110,03955.845.3+1,555
Not stated1,3797.25.81,4968.36.1-118

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

Language spoken at home, 2011
Language spoken at home, 2011 Arabic, Holroyd City: 12.5% Persian/Dari, Holroyd City: 2.7% Mandarin, Holroyd City: 2.5% Turkish, Holroyd City: 1.7% Hindi, Holroyd City: 2.9% Cantonese, Holroyd City: 2.4% Italian, Holroyd City: 1.5% Filipino/Tagalog, Holroyd City: 1.7% Croatian, Holroyd City: 1.0% Punjabi, Holroyd City: 1.3% Arabic, Merrylands: 19.6% Persian/Dari, Merrylands: 6.0% Mandarin, Merrylands: 3.4% Turkish, Merrylands: 3.1% Hindi, Merrylands: 2.3% Cantonese, Merrylands: 2.3% Italian, Merrylands: 1.9% Filipino/Tagalog, Merrylands: 1.7% Croatian, Merrylands: 1.7% Punjabi, Merrylands: 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011 Arabic, Merrylands: +279 Persian/Dari, Merrylands: +417 Mandarin, Merrylands: +187 Turkish, Merrylands: +77 Hindi, Merrylands: +124 Cantonese, Merrylands: -56 Italian, Merrylands: -16 Filipino/Tagalog, Merrylands: +3 Croatian, Merrylands: -51 Punjabi, Merrylands: +257
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated 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 Merrylands in 2011 compared to Holroyd City shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who spoke English only, and a larger proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 32.5% of the population spoke English only, and 60.3% spoke a non-English language, compared with 43.1% and 51.1% respectively for Holroyd City.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Merrylands was Arabic, with 19.6% of the population, or 3,774 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Merrylands and Holroyd City in 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (19.6% compared to 12.5%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Persian/Dari at home (6.0% compared to 2.7%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Turkish at home (3.1% compared to 1.7%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Tamil at home (0.2% compared to 3.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 1,556 or 15.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 222 or 3.4%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in Merrylands between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Persian/Dari (+417 persons)
  • Arabic (+279 persons)
  • Punjabi (+257 persons)
  • Mandarin (+187 persons)

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