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Language spoken at home

In the City of Knox, 21% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The City of Knox'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.

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?'

Total population

Language spoken at home - Ranked by size
City of Knox - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCantonese4,0592.71.83,4952.41.8+564
map this data in atlas.idMandarin3,8312.62.52,0351.41.7+1,796
map this data in atlas.idItalian2,0421.42.82,2101.53.3-168
Greek
1,9871.32.81,9941.43.1-7
Sinhalese
1,5221.00.79430.60.5+579
German
1,2620.80.41,2930.90.4-31
map this data in atlas.idArabic1,1640.81.61,1240.81.5+40
Vietnamese
1,0450.72.19320.61.9+113
Tamil
1,0110.70.47400.50.3+271
Hindi
1,0030.70.86750.50.5+328
Filipino/Tagalog
9210.60.77400.50.6+181
Spanish
6970.50.76530.40.6+44
Polish
6650.40.46980.50.4-33
Persian/Dari
6520.40.45260.40.2+126
Punjabi
5710.40.73600.20.2+211
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
4950.30.13990.30.1+96
Hungarian
4850.30.24910.30.2-6
Khmer
4370.30.34260.30.3+11
Indonesian
4310.30.32520.20.3+179
Dutch
4250.30.24910.30.2-66
Gujarati
4030.30.2840.10.1+319
French
3680.20.43320.20.3+36
Croatian
3560.20.53860.30.5-30
Serbian
3310.20.43580.20.4-27
Korean
3040.20.31340.10.2+170
Malayalam
2840.20.21070.10.1+177
Afrikaans
2460.20.11590.10.1+87
Armenian
2290.20.02010.10.1+28
Russian
2050.10.41380.10.4+67
Urdu
2040.10.31060.10.1+98
Thai
1930.10.21350.10.1+58
Non-verbal so described
1740.10.12070.10.2-33
Romanian
1740.10.11820.10.1-8
Turkish
1680.10.81910.10.8-23
Japanese
1600.10.21280.10.2+32
Chinese, nfd
1580.10.21030.10.1+55
Lao
1560.10.01590.10.0-3
Marathi
1500.10.1630.00.0+87
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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
City of Knox - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only114,02176.466.3116,14679.268.5-2,125
Non-English total31,56621.129.125,97817.726.0+5,588
Not stated3,7142.54.64,6153.15.6-901

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

Language spoken at home, 2011
Language spoken at home, 2011 Cantonese, Greater Melbourne: 1.8% Mandarin, Greater Melbourne: 2.5% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.8% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.8% Sinhalese, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% German, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Arabic, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Tamil, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Hindi, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Cantonese, City of Knox: 2.7% Mandarin, City of Knox: 2.6% Italian, City of Knox: 1.4% Greek, City of Knox: 1.3% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 1.0% German, City of Knox: 0.8% Arabic, City of Knox: 0.8% Vietnamese, City of Knox: 0.7% Tamil, City of Knox: 0.7% Hindi, City of Knox: 0.7%
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 language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011 Cantonese, City of Knox: +564 Mandarin, City of Knox: +1,796 Italian, City of Knox: -168 Greek, City of Knox: -7 Sinhalese, City of Knox: +579 German, City of Knox: -31 Arabic, City of Knox: +40 Vietnamese, City of Knox: +113 Tamil, City of Knox: +271 Hindi, City of Knox: +328
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 language spoken at home by the population of 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, 76.4% of the population spoke English only, and 21.1% spoke a non-English language, compared with 66.3% and 29.1% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of Knox was Cantonese, with 2.7% of the population, or 4,059 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A smaller percentage speaking Greek at home (1.3% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Italian at home (1.4% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (0.7% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 5,588 or 21.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 2,125 or 1.8%.

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

  • Mandarin (+1,796 persons)
  • Sinhalese (+579 persons)
  • Cantonese (+564 persons)
  • Hindi (+328 persons)

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