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Language spoken at home

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In Harkness, 22% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

Harkness'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.

Harkness'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
Harkness - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Dinka
2022.30.9761.40.4+126
map this data in atlas.idMaltese1561.81.9781.42.1+78
Filipino/Tagalog
1381.62.6250.52.4+113
Punjabi
1161.31.9180.30.9+98
map this data in atlas.idArabic1151.31.8781.41.5+37
Samoan
1041.20.7671.20.4+37
Spanish
941.11.4420.81.5+52
Hindi
871.01.4220.41.0+65
map this data in atlas.idItalian740.81.5470.91.9+27
Sinhalese
670.80.7120.20.6+55
Swahili
640.70.130.10.0+61
Greek
580.71.1400.71.4+18
map this data in atlas.idMacedonian420.51.7300.61.8+12
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese420.52.0380.71.8+4
Turkish
400.50.8310.61.0+9
Serbian
400.50.7230.40.7+17
Mandarin
380.40.9300.50.7+9
Amharic
340.40.360.10.2+29
Bengali
270.30.2150.30.1+12
French
230.30.1200.40.1+3
map this data in atlas.idCroatian170.20.9270.51.1-10
Urdu
170.20.750.10.5+12
Shona
160.20.130.10.0+14
Malayalam
160.20.300.00.2+17
Tamil
150.20.440.10.3+11
Indonesian
140.20.200.00.2+15
Cantonese
130.20.6150.30.6-2
Albanian
120.10.470.10.3+6
Japanese
120.10.170.10.1+5
Non-verbal so described
110.10.230.10.2+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
Harkness - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
6,14970.161.34,31777.765.8+1,833
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total1,95522.332.291516.528.9+1,040
Not stated
6677.66.63205.85.3+347

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 Dinka, City of Melton: 0.9% Maltese, City of Melton: 1.9% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Melton: 2.6% Punjabi, City of Melton: 1.9% Arabic, City of Melton: 1.8% Samoan, City of Melton: 0.7% Spanish, City of Melton: 1.4% Hindi, City of Melton: 1.4% Italian, City of Melton: 1.5% Sinhalese, City of Melton: 0.7% Dinka, Harkness: 2.3% Maltese, Harkness: 1.8% Filipino/Tagalog, Harkness: 1.6% Punjabi, Harkness: 1.3% Arabic, Harkness: 1.3% Samoan, Harkness: 1.2% Spanish, Harkness: 1.1% Hindi, Harkness: 1.0% Italian, Harkness: 0.8% Sinhalese, Harkness: 0.8%
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 Dinka, Harkness: +126 Maltese, Harkness: +78 Filipino/Tagalog, Harkness: +113 Punjabi, Harkness: +98 Arabic, Harkness: +37 Samoan, Harkness: +37 Spanish, Harkness: +52 Hindi, Harkness: +65 Italian, Harkness: +27 Sinhalese, Harkness: +55
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 Harkness in 2016 compared to City of Melton 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, 70.1% of the population spoke English only, and 22.3% spoke a non-English language, compared with 61.3% and 32.2% respectively for City of Melton.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Harkness was Dinka, with 2.3% of the population, or 202 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Dinka at home (2.3% compared to 0.9%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (0.5% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Macedonian at home (0.5% compared to 1.7%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Filipino/Tagalog at home (1.6% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 1,040 or 113.7%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 1,832 or 42.4%.

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

  • Dinka (+126 persons)
  • Filipino/Tagalog (+113 persons)
  • Punjabi (+98 persons)
  • Maltese (+78 persons)

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