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Macarthur Region

Language spoken at home

In the Macarthur Region, 18% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The Macarthur Region'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.

The Macarthur Region'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
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Arabic4,6701.94.14,4351.93.9+235
Filipino/Tagalog3,3101.31.22,8901.21.1+420
Hindi3,2511.31.22,4731.10.9+778
Spanish3,1751.31.12,9631.31.1+212
Samoan3,1181.30.32,4811.10.3+637
Bengali2,5761.00.51,4100.60.3+1,166
Italian2,0550.81.62,0060.91.7+49
Cantonese1,3620.63.01,3550.63.0+7
Greek1,1860.51.81,1580.51.9+28
Mandarin1,1230.53.08370.42.3+286
Vietnamese1,0250.41.99350.41.8+90
Lao1,0120.40.11,0810.50.1-69
Croatian9150.40.51,0350.40.5-120
Urdu8040.30.45600.20.2+244
Punjabi7490.30.43800.20.2+369
Tongan7410.30.25600.20.2+181
Polish7290.30.37740.30.3-45
Serbian6770.30.45890.30.4+88
French6330.30.46360.30.3-3
Maltese6150.30.36170.30.3-2
German6040.20.45490.20.4+55
Indonesian5490.20.53970.20.4+152
Marathi5480.20.13380.10.1+210
Khmer5410.20.24280.20.2+113
Persian/Dari4610.20.53760.20.4+85
Macedonian4570.20.44050.20.5+52
Thai4550.20.33290.10.2+126
Tamil4480.20.53190.10.4+129
Russian4250.20.44040.20.3+21
Malayalam3760.20.11240.10.1+252
Sinhalese3420.10.22070.10.2+135
Afrikaans3350.10.12270.10.1+108
Fijian2720.10.12160.10.1+56
Portuguese2650.10.32560.10.3+9
Non-verbal so described2530.10.13220.10.2-69
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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
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only190,29577.462.2183,22178.664.0+7,074
Non-English total44,79518.232.438,12716.429.2+6,668
Not stated10,8574.45.311,7085.06.8-851

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 Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Hindi, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Samoan, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Bengali, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Arabic, Macarthur Region: 1.9% Filipino/Tagalog, Macarthur Region: 1.3% Hindi, Macarthur Region: 1.3% Spanish, Macarthur Region: 1.3% Samoan, Macarthur Region: 1.3% Bengali, Macarthur Region: 1.0% Italian, Macarthur Region: 0.8% Cantonese, Macarthur Region: 0.6% Greek, Macarthur Region: 0.5% Mandarin, 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 language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011 Arabic, Macarthur Region: +235 Filipino/Tagalog, Macarthur Region: +420 Hindi, Macarthur Region: +778 Spanish, Macarthur Region: +212 Samoan, Macarthur Region: +637 Bengali, Macarthur Region: +1,166 Italian, Macarthur Region: +49 Cantonese, Macarthur Region: +7 Greek, Macarthur Region: +28 Mandarin, Macarthur Region: +286
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 the Macarthur Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 77.4% of the population spoke English only, and 18.2% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.2% and 32.4% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the Macarthur Region was Arabic, with 1.9% of the population, or 4,670 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney in 2011 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (0.5% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (0.6% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (1.9% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (0.4% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 6,668 or 17.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 7,074 or 3.9%.

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

  • Bengali (+1,166 persons)
  • Hindi (+778 persons)
  • Samoan (+637 persons)
  • Filipino/Tagalog (+420 persons)

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