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In 2011, 15% of people in the Macarthur Region, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in the Macarthur Region. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, the Macarthur Region's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Macarthur Region - Overseas born (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
United Kingdom10,9284.44.111,3734.94.3-445
New Zealand4,8792.01.94,1521.82.0+727
Philippines3,9391.61.43,3441.41.3+595
India3,1991.32.02,0820.91.3+1,117
Fiji2,5251.00.72,1400.90.7+385
Bangladesh1,8770.80.41,0760.50.3+801
Samoa1,5630.60.21,2110.50.2+352
China1,3520.53.41,0960.52.6+256
South Africa1,3030.50.81,1740.50.7+129
Italy1,2170.51.01,1910.51.1+26
Lebanon1,1940.51.31,1930.51.3+1
Chile1,0270.40.39930.40.3+34
Germany9810.40.41,0100.40.5-29
Egypt7660.30.47120.30.4+54
Laos7580.30.17570.30.1+1
Malta7300.30.37490.30.4-19
Vietnam6800.31.66210.31.5+59
Ireland6770.30.46420.30.3+35
Poland6500.30.36950.30.3-45
Pakistan6490.30.34490.20.2+200
Croatia6250.30.36760.30.4-51
Mauritius6070.20.16070.30.10
Sri Lanka5630.20.54470.20.4+116
Netherlands5580.20.26200.30.3-62
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)5410.20.35590.20.4-18
Thailand5360.20.34070.20.3+129
Indonesia5280.20.64030.20.5+125
Malaysia4890.20.64180.20.5+71
United States of America4730.20.54010.20.4+72
Greece4330.20.74930.20.8-60
Uruguay3920.20.13830.20.2+9
Tonga3890.20.13100.10.1+79
Cambodia3860.20.23670.20.2+19
Argentina3460.10.12870.10.1+59
Iraq3390.10.72800.10.5+59
Hong Kong2940.10.83000.10.9-6
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia2670.10.32630.10.3+4
Afghanistan2560.10.22230.10.2+33
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Total overseas born55,40122.534.250,09321.531.7+5,308
Non-English speaking backgrounds36,92715.026.332,17313.823.9+4,754
Main English speaking countries18,4747.57.917,9207.77.8+554
Australia177,74072.359.9168,17372.260.4+9,567
Not stated12,8065.25.914,7946.37.9-1,988

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

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 United Kingdom, Greater Sydney: 4.1% New Zealand, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Philippines, Greater Sydney: 1.4% India, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Fiji, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Bangladesh, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Samoa, Greater Sydney: 0.2% China, Greater Sydney: 3.4% South Africa, Greater Sydney: 0.8% Italy, Greater Sydney: 1.0% United Kingdom, Macarthur Region: 4.4% New Zealand, Macarthur Region: 2.0% Philippines, Macarthur Region: 1.6% India, Macarthur Region: 1.3% Fiji, Macarthur Region: 1.0% Bangladesh, Macarthur Region: 0.8% Samoa, Macarthur Region: 0.6% China, Macarthur Region: 0.5% South Africa, Macarthur Region: 0.5% Italy, Macarthur Region: 0.5%
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 birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 United Kingdom, Macarthur Region: -445 New Zealand, Macarthur Region: +727 Philippines, Macarthur Region: +595 India, Macarthur Region: +1,117 Fiji, Macarthur Region: +385 Bangladesh, Macarthur Region: +801 Samoa, Macarthur Region: +352 China, Macarthur Region: +256 South Africa, Macarthur Region: +129 Italy, Macarthur Region: +26
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 country of birth of the population in the Macarthur Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a smaller proportion of people born overseas, as well as a smaller proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 22.5% of the population was born overseas, and 15.0% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 34.2% and 26.3% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in the Macarthur Region was Philippines, where 1.6% of the population, or 3,939 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in the Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A smaller percentage of people born in China (0.5% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in Vietnam (0.3% compared to 1.6%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 5,308 or 10.6%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 4,754 or 14.8%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • India (+1,117 persons)
  • Bangladesh (+801 persons)
  • New Zealand (+727 persons)
  • Philippines (+595 persons)

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