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In Rowville, 27% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

Rowville'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.

Rowville'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
Rowville - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idMandarin1,0002.92.66491.91.4+351
map this data in atlas.idCantonese8472.52.78562.52.4-10
map this data in atlas.idItalian7632.21.47692.31.5-5
Greek
6391.91.37002.11.4-61
map this data in atlas.idArabic6271.80.86421.90.8-15
Sinhalese
5081.51.04461.30.6+62
Vietnamese
3581.10.73251.00.6+33
Tamil
3180.90.72320.70.5+86
Hindi
2970.90.72330.70.5+64
Polish
2460.70.42680.80.5-22
Spanish
2410.70.51930.60.4+48
Filipino/Tagalog
2350.70.62770.80.5-42
Persian/Dari
2190.60.41630.50.4+56
Punjabi
1710.50.41370.40.2+34
Khmer
1620.50.31570.50.3+5
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
1570.50.31200.40.3+37
German
1520.40.81310.40.9+21
Hungarian
1510.40.31470.40.3+4
Croatian
1510.40.21770.50.3-26
Armenian
1440.40.21280.40.1+16
French
1260.40.21400.40.2-13
Indonesian
1250.40.3770.20.2+48
Korean
890.30.2280.10.1+61
Urdu
840.20.1560.20.1+28
Romanian
750.20.1740.20.1+1
Afrikaans
750.20.2510.20.1+24
Serbian
720.20.21140.30.2-42
Russian
620.20.1430.10.1+19
Turkish
590.20.1640.20.1-5
Bengali
580.20.1430.10.1+15
Malayalam
570.20.2480.10.1+9
Pashto
570.20.1460.10.0+11
Malay
560.20.1240.10.0+32
Gujarati
550.20.3190.10.1+36
Lao
500.10.1490.10.1+1
Macedonian
490.10.1650.20.1-16
Dutch
480.10.3690.20.3-21
Chinese, nfd
470.10.1360.10.1+11
Hakka
450.10.1460.10.1-1
Non-verbal so described
400.10.1490.10.1-9
Maltese
350.10.1380.10.1-3
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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
Rowville - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only23,95670.476.424,23571.679.2-279
Non-English total9,29827.321.18,48525.117.7+813
Not stated7532.22.51,1093.33.1-356

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 Mandarin, City of Knox: 2.6% Cantonese, City of Knox: 2.7% Italian, City of Knox: 1.4% Greek, City of Knox: 1.3% Arabic, City of Knox: 0.8% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 1.0% Vietnamese, City of Knox: 0.7% Tamil, City of Knox: 0.7% Hindi, City of Knox: 0.7% Polish, City of Knox: 0.4% Mandarin, Rowville: 2.9% Cantonese, Rowville: 2.5% Italian, Rowville: 2.2% Greek, Rowville: 1.9% Arabic, Rowville: 1.8% Sinhalese, Rowville: 1.5% Vietnamese, Rowville: 1.1% Tamil, Rowville: 0.9% Hindi, Rowville: 0.9% Polish, Rowville: 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 Mandarin, Rowville: +351 Cantonese, Rowville: -10 Italian, Rowville: -5 Greek, Rowville: -61 Arabic, Rowville: -15 Sinhalese, Rowville: +62 Vietnamese, Rowville: +33 Tamil, Rowville: +86 Hindi, Rowville: +64 Polish, Rowville: -22
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 Rowville in 2011 compared to the City of Knox 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, 70.4% of the population spoke English only, and 27.3% spoke a non-English language, compared with 76.4% and 21.1% respectively for the City of Knox.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Rowville was Mandarin, with 2.9% of the population, or 1,000 people speaking this language at home.

The major difference between the languages spoken at home for the population of Rowville and the City of Knox in 2011 was:

  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (1.8% compared to 0.8%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 813 or 9.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 279 or 1.2%.

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

  • Mandarin (+351 persons)
  • Tamil (+86 persons)
  • Hindi (+64 persons)
  • Sinhalese (+62 persons)

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