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Ferntree Gully

Language spoken at home

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In Ferntree Gully, 15% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

Ferntree Gully'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.

Ferntree Gully'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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual language groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

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
Ferntree Gully - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idMandarin7042.75.23311.32.6+373
map this data in atlas.idCantonese3131.23.12691.02.7+44
map this data in atlas.idItalian2871.11.23331.31.4-46
Sinhalese
2370.91.31470.61.0+91
Greek
1970.81.21620.61.3+35
German
1930.70.71980.80.8-5
Filipino/Tagalog
1560.60.71590.60.6-3
Gujarati
1330.50.4470.20.3+86
Vietnamese
1120.40.8590.20.7+53
Korean
1110.40.5540.20.2+58
Persian/Dari
1050.40.6770.30.4+28
Spanish
1030.40.5910.40.5+12
Hindi
940.40.9720.30.7+23
map this data in atlas.idArabic800.30.71090.40.8-29
Polish
800.30.41060.40.4-26
Indonesian
750.30.4410.20.3+35
Punjabi
680.30.5320.10.4+36
Tamil
660.30.7570.20.7+10
Malayalam
540.20.3160.10.2+38
Hungarian
460.20.3550.20.3-10
Dutch
460.20.2960.40.3-51
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
450.20.3210.10.3+24
Khmer
400.20.3160.10.3+25
Lao
330.10.1400.20.1-7
Afrikaans
320.10.1250.10.2+7
Non-verbal so described
320.10.2370.10.1-5
Croatian
300.10.2440.20.2-15
Marathi
280.10.1200.10.1+8
Russian
270.10.2400.20.1-13
Serbian
270.10.2390.20.2-12
Japanese
270.10.1230.10.1+4
Thai
270.10.2320.10.1-5
Telugu
230.10.1200.10.1+3
Nepali
230.10.1130.10.1+10
French
190.10.2330.10.2-15
Auslan
170.10.1340.10.1-17
Romanian
170.10.1200.10.1-3
Urdu
150.10.1110.00.1+4
Portuguese
150.10.1120.00.1+3
Māori (New Zealand)
140.10.030.00.0+11
Turkish
120.00.160.00.1+7
Shona
120.00.0120.00.00
Maltese
100.00.1170.10.1-7
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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
Ferntree Gully - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
21,26181.371.022,11085.076.4-849
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total3,94715.125.23,24812.521.1+699
Not stated
9513.63.86412.52.5+310

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

Language spoken at home, 2016
Language spoken at home, 2016 Mandarin, City of Knox: 5.2% Cantonese, City of Knox: 3.1% Italian, City of Knox: 1.2% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 1.3% Greek, City of Knox: 1.2% German, City of Knox: 0.7% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Knox: 0.7% Gujarati, City of Knox: 0.4% Vietnamese, City of Knox: 0.8% Korean, City of Knox: 0.5% Mandarin, Ferntree Gully: 2.7% Cantonese, Ferntree Gully: 1.2% Italian, Ferntree Gully: 1.1% Sinhalese, Ferntree Gully: 0.9% Greek, Ferntree Gully: 0.8% German, Ferntree Gully: 0.7% Filipino/Tagalog, Ferntree Gully: 0.6% Gujarati, Ferntree Gully: 0.5% Vietnamese, Ferntree Gully: 0.4% Korean, Ferntree Gully: 0.4%
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 language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Mandarin, Ferntree Gully: +373 Cantonese, Ferntree Gully: +44 Italian, Ferntree Gully: -46 Sinhalese, Ferntree Gully: +91 Greek, Ferntree Gully: +35 German, Ferntree Gully: -5 Filipino/Tagalog, Ferntree Gully: -3 Gujarati, Ferntree Gully: +86 Vietnamese, Ferntree Gully: +53 Korean, Ferntree Gully: +58
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 language spoken at home by the population of Ferntree Gully in 2016 compared to the City of Knox 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, 81.3% of the population spoke English only, and 15.1% spoke a non-English language, compared with 71.0% and 25.2% respectively for the City of Knox.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Ferntree Gully was Mandarin, with 2.7% of the population, or 704 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Ferntree Gully and the City of Knox in 2016 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (2.7% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (1.2% compared to 3.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 699 or 21.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 849 or 3.8%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in Ferntree Gully between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+373 persons)
  • Sinhalese (+91 persons)
  • Gujarati (+86 persons)
  • Korean (+58 persons)

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