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Recent arrivals - Language spoken at home

In 2011, 73.9% of recent overseas arrivals in 2011, spoke a language other than English at home.

The City of Knox's language statistics show the proportion of the population who speak a language at home other than English. For recent arrivals, this is a good indicator of translation services which might be required, as recent arrivals may be less likely to have good English skills. They represent the languages which have increased in prevalence in just the last few years in the City of Knox compared to the Greater Melbourne.

The City of Knox'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?'

People born overseas and arriving in Australia between 2006 and 9 Aug 2011

Language spoken at home - Ranked by size
City of Knox - Recent arrivals2011
LanguageNumber%Greater Melbourne
English1,47125.723.5
Mandarin1,09219.113.3
Cantonese3806.63.4
Sinhalese3496.13.5
Hindi1843.24.7
Tamil1833.21.9
Gujarati1582.82.0
Malayalam1442.51.8
Tagalog1352.41.5
Punjabi1312.36.5
Korean1172.01.5
Arabic1111.93.0
Persian/Dari1021.81.7
Afrikaans941.60.6
Filipino871.51.4
Vietnamese781.43.1
Malay540.90.7
Min Nan (incl. Hokkien)520.90.2
Spanish460.81.4
Russian460.80.6
Marathi450.80.4
Indonesian450.81.6
Thai430.80.9
Urdu370.61.5
Chinese, nfd360.61.3
Telugu360.61.2
Nepali310.51.1
German270.50.6
Khmer270.50.5
Shona250.40.3
Karen240.40.6
French240.41.3
Pashto200.30.2
Japanese200.30.6
Polish190.30.2
Dutch140.20.2
Armenian140.20.0
Southern Asian Languages, nfd140.20.4
Bemba140.20.0
Burmese130.20.4
Hakka100.20.1
Bengali100.20.9
Portuguese100.20.3
Mauritian Creole100.20.1
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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.

Excludes languages with fewer than 10 people speaking them at home, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Language spoken at home - Summary
City of Knox - Recent arrivals2011
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne
Speaks English only1,47125.723.5
Non-English total4,23873.975.9
Not stated / Inadequately described230.40.6

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.

Language spoken at home, 2011
Language spoken at home, 2011 English, Greater Melbourne: 23.5% Mandarin, Greater Melbourne: 13.3% Cantonese, Greater Melbourne: 3.4% Sinhalese, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Hindi, Greater Melbourne: 4.7% Tamil, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Gujarati, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% Malayalam, Greater Melbourne: 1.8% Tagalog, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% Punjabi, Greater Melbourne: 6.5% English, City of Knox: 25.7% Mandarin, City of Knox: 19.1% Cantonese, City of Knox: 6.6% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 6.1% Hindi, City of Knox: 3.2% Tamil, City of Knox: 3.2% Gujarati, City of Knox: 2.8% Malayalam, City of Knox: 2.5% Tagalog, City of Knox: 2.4% Punjabi, City of Knox: 2.3%
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.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the language spoken at home by recent overseas arrivals in the City of Knox in 2011 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, 25.7% of recent overseas arrivals spoke English only, and 73.9% spoke a non-English language, compared with 23.5% and 75.9% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home by recent overseas arrivals, other than English, in the City of Knox was Mandarin, with 19.1% of the population, or 1,092 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the recent overseas arriving population of the City of Knox and Greater Melbourne in 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (19.1% compared to 13.3%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Cantonese at home (6.6% compared to 3.4%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Sinhalese at home (6.1% compared to 3.5%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Punjabi at home (2.3% compared to 6.5%)