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Language spoken at home

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In Rowville, 29% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

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.

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
Rowville - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idMandarin1,6995.15.21,0002.92.6+700
map this data in atlas.idCantonese9462.83.18462.52.7+99
map this data in atlas.idItalian6361.91.27632.21.4-127
Greek
6301.91.26391.91.3-9
Sinhalese
5991.81.35071.51.0+92
map this data in atlas.idArabic5261.60.76261.80.8-100
Hindi
3751.10.92960.90.7+79
Tamil
3181.00.73180.90.70
Vietnamese
3171.00.83581.10.7-40
Filipino/Tagalog
2240.70.72350.70.6-11
Persian/Dari
2190.70.62190.60.40
Polish
1940.60.42460.70.4-52
Punjabi
1800.50.51710.50.4+9
Spanish
1790.50.52410.70.5-61
Armenian
1430.40.11440.40.2-1
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
1410.40.31570.50.3-16
Khmer
1260.40.31620.50.3-36
Korean
1260.40.5890.30.2+38
German
1200.40.71520.40.8-31
French
1140.30.21260.40.2-12
Malayalam
1140.30.3570.20.2+57
Indonesian
1110.30.41240.40.3-13
Croatian
1070.30.21510.40.2-44
Hungarian
930.30.31510.40.3-58
Gujarati
840.30.4540.20.3+29
Serbian
770.20.2720.20.2+5
Hakka
600.20.1450.10.1+15
Pashto
600.20.1570.20.1+3
Russian
590.20.2620.20.1-3
Urdu
570.20.1830.20.1-26
Turkish
550.20.1590.20.1-4
Afrikaans
530.20.1750.20.2-22
Romanian
480.10.1750.20.1-27
Malay
450.10.1560.20.1-11
Macedonian
440.10.1490.10.1-5
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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)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
22,76668.571.023,95670.476.4-1,190
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total9,56928.825.29,29827.321.1+272
Not stated
9082.73.87522.22.5+155

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% Greek, City of Knox: 1.2% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 1.3% Arabic, City of Knox: 0.7% Hindi, City of Knox: 0.9% Tamil, City of Knox: 0.7% Vietnamese, City of Knox: 0.8% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Knox: 0.7% Mandarin, Rowville: 5.1% Cantonese, Rowville: 2.8% Italian, Rowville: 1.9% Greek, Rowville: 1.9% Sinhalese, Rowville: 1.8% Arabic, Rowville: 1.6% Hindi, Rowville: 1.1% Tamil, Rowville: 1.0% Vietnamese, Rowville: 1.0% Filipino/Tagalog, Rowville: 0.7%
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, Rowville: +700 Cantonese, Rowville: +99 Italian, Rowville: -127 Greek, Rowville: -9 Sinhalese, Rowville: +92 Arabic, Rowville: -100 Hindi, Rowville: +79 Tamil, Rowville: 0 Vietnamese, Rowville: -40 Filipino/Tagalog, Rowville: -11
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 Rowville in 2016 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, 68.5% of the population spoke English only, and 28.8% 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 Rowville was Mandarin, with 5.1% of the population, or 1,699 people speaking this language at home.

There were no major differences between Rowville and City of Knox in 2016.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 271 or 2.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 1,190 or 5.0%.

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

  • Mandarin (+700 persons)
  • Italian (-127 persons)
  • Arabic (-100 persons)
  • Cantonese (+99 persons)

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