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In the City of Melton, 32% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

The City of Melton'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 City of Melton'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
City of Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Filipino/Tagalog
3,5672.60.82,6092.40.7+958
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese2,7332.02.31,9791.82.1+754
Punjabi
2,6121.91.29490.90.7+1,663
map this data in atlas.idMaltese2,5341.90.42,3262.10.4+208
map this data in atlas.idArabic2,4811.81.71,6731.51.6+808
map this data in atlas.idMacedonian2,3191.70.62,0151.80.7+304
map this data in atlas.idItalian1,9901.52.32,0251.92.8-35
Hindi
1,9191.41.11,0611.00.8+858
Spanish
1,8481.40.81,6411.50.7+207
Greek
1,5491.12.41,5651.42.8-16
map this data in atlas.idCroatian1,2770.90.41,1661.10.5+111
Dinka
1,2160.90.13880.40.1+828
Mandarin
1,1830.94.17550.72.5+428
Turkish
1,1180.80.71,0871.00.8+31
Sinhalese
1,0020.70.87090.60.7+293
Urdu
9530.70.55300.50.3+423
Serbian
9330.70.47800.70.4+153
Samoan
9010.70.24450.40.2+456
Cantonese
7740.61.76770.61.8+97
Hakka
5980.40.15250.50.1+73
Polish
5790.40.35030.50.4+76
Tamil
5630.40.63560.30.4+207
Albanian
5000.40.13820.30.2+118
Amharic
4200.30.12410.20.1+179
Bosnian
4040.30.13480.30.1+56
Persian/Dari
3790.30.82300.20.4+149
Malayalam
3620.30.31720.20.2+190
Telugu
3300.20.32100.20.2+120
Bengali
2910.20.21620.10.2+129
Assyrian/Aramaic
2790.20.31200.10.2+159
Indonesian
2780.20.41960.20.3+82
Non-verbal so described
2710.20.21690.20.1+102
Thai
2690.20.21530.10.2+116
Portuguese
2550.20.22380.20.1+17
Gujarati
2380.20.31280.10.2+110
German
2210.20.42420.20.4-21
French
1850.10.41410.10.4+44
Tongan
1810.10.11280.10.0+53
Romanian
1790.10.11540.10.1+25
Tigrinya
1770.10.0950.10.0+82
Korean
1770.10.31430.10.3+34
Swahili
1610.10.0110.00.0+150
Nepali
1530.10.280.00.1+145
Slovak
1420.10.01270.10.0+15
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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
City of Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
82,98561.362.071,89065.866.4+11,095
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total43,55232.232.331,58828.929.0+11,964
Not stated
8,8716.65.65,7805.34.6+3,091

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 Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Punjabi, Greater Melbourne: 1.2% Maltese, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Arabic, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Macedonian, Greater Melbourne: 0.6% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Hindi, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Spanish, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.4% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Melton: 2.6% Vietnamese, City of Melton: 2.0% Punjabi, City of Melton: 1.9% Maltese, City of Melton: 1.9% Arabic, City of Melton: 1.8% Macedonian, City of Melton: 1.7% Italian, City of Melton: 1.5% Hindi, City of Melton: 1.4% Spanish, City of Melton: 1.4% Greek, City of Melton: 1.1%
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 Filipino/Tagalog, City of Melton: +958 Vietnamese, City of Melton: +754 Punjabi, City of Melton: +1,663 Maltese, City of Melton: +208 Arabic, City of Melton: +808 Macedonian, City of Melton: +304 Italian, City of Melton: -35 Hindi, City of Melton: +858 Spanish, City of Melton: +207 Greek, City of Melton: -16
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 the City of Melton in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who spoke English only, and a similar proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 61.3% of the population spoke English only, and 32.2% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.0% and 32.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of Melton was Filipino/Tagalog, with 2.6% of the population, or 3,567 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the City of Melton and Greater Melbourne in 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Filipino/Tagalog at home (2.6% compared to 0.8%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Maltese at home (1.9% compared to 0.4%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (0.9% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Greek at home (1.1% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 11,964 or 37.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 11,095 or 15.4%.

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

  • Punjabi (+1,663 persons)
  • Filipino/Tagalog (+958 persons)
  • Hindi (+858 persons)
  • Dinka (+828 persons)

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