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Dandenong Foothills Policy Area

Language spoken at home

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In Dandenong Foothills Policy Area, 10% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

Dandenong Foothills Policy Area'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.

Dandenong Foothills Policy Area'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
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idMandarin4401.55.21970.72.6+243
German
3051.00.73771.30.8-72
map this data in atlas.idItalian2901.01.23721.31.4-82
map this data in atlas.idCantonese1410.53.11100.42.7+31
Greek
1330.51.21380.51.3-6
Spanish
980.30.5950.30.5+3
Sinhalese
890.31.3710.21.0+17
Polish
880.30.4880.30.40
Hindi
840.30.9520.20.7+33
Filipino/Tagalog
780.30.7970.30.6-19
Dutch
720.30.21200.40.3-48
Vietnamese
700.20.8340.10.7+36
Persian/Dari
680.20.6640.20.4+5
map this data in atlas.idArabic660.20.71070.40.8-41
Punjabi
570.20.5250.10.4+33
Thai
510.20.2230.10.1+27
Hungarian
460.20.3450.20.3+1
Indonesian
450.20.4370.10.3+7
Gujarati
450.20.4130.00.3+33
Korean
380.10.5220.10.2+16
Tamil
360.10.7560.20.7-20
Japanese
300.10.1200.10.1+11
French
290.10.2400.10.2-11
Malayalam
290.10.3200.10.2+9
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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
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
24,94685.571.025,46487.276.4-518
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total2,8729.825.22,7749.521.1+98
Not stated
1,3584.73.89533.32.5+405

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% German, City of Knox: 0.7% Italian, City of Knox: 1.2% Cantonese, City of Knox: 3.1% Greek, City of Knox: 1.2% Spanish, City of Knox: 0.5% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 1.3% Polish, City of Knox: 0.4% Hindi, City of Knox: 0.9% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Knox: 0.7% Mandarin, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.5% German, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.0% Italian, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.0% Cantonese, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0.5% Greek, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0.5% Spanish, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0.3% Sinhalese, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0.3% Polish, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0.3% Hindi, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0.3% Filipino/Tagalog, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0.3%
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, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +243 German, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -72 Italian, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -82 Cantonese, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +31 Greek, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -6 Spanish, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +3 Sinhalese, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +17 Polish, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0 Hindi, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +33 Filipino/Tagalog, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -19
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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area 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, 85.5% of the population spoke English only, and 9.8% 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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area was Mandarin, with 1.5% of the population, or 440 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Dandenong Foothills Policy Area and the City of Knox in 2016 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (1.5% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (0.5% compared to 3.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Sinhalese at home (0.3% compared to 1.3%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 98 or 3.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 518 or 2.0%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+243 persons)
  • Italian (-82 persons)
  • German (-72 persons)

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