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Overseas born - Language spoken at home

In 2011, 66.1% of overseas born people in the City of Melton, spoke a language other than English at home.

The City of Melton's language statistics show the proportion of the overseas-born population who speak a language at home other than English. They indicate how linguistically diverse a population is, and whether most migrants are from English speaking countries or non-English speaking countries. This topic also shows those languages spoken specifically by the first-generation migrants (those born overseas) so as to separate them from those born in Australia who speak another language.

Some countries, such as India, have a variety of languages spoken there, so the language spoken can indicate the region of the country of origin. Languages such as Arabic and Spanish are spoken in a range of different countries.

The City of Melton's language statistics should be analysed in conjunction with 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?'

People born overseas

Language spoken at home - Ranked by size
City of Melton - Overseas born20112006Change
LanguageNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
English9,77432.234.37,29437.937.4+2,480
Maltese1,2524.11.01,0015.21.2+251
Vietnamese1,2304.14.55492.94.6+681
Tagalog1,2194.01.16403.30.9+579
Spanish1,1023.61.68904.61.7+212
Filipino1,0923.61.06773.50.8+415
Arabic9843.23.04672.42.9+517
Macedonian8963.01.36303.31.6+266
Hindi8632.82.23301.71.5+533
Italian7962.64.96413.36.5+155
Punjabi7592.52.12051.10.6+554
Mandarin6182.06.92511.35.1+367
Croatian5962.01.04942.61.2+102
Sinhalese5331.81.92501.31.3+283
Serbian5051.70.94032.11.1+102
Cantonese4891.64.42861.54.9+203
Greek4691.54.04252.25.2+44
Turkish4501.51.33281.71.4+122
Urdu3951.30.72001.00.4+195
Samoan3731.20.51570.80.4+216
Hakka3371.10.32361.20.3+101
Polish3311.10.92831.51.2+48
Tamil2991.01.11170.60.9+182
Dinka2780.90.2480.20.2+230
Bosnian2420.80.41440.70.4+98
Albanian2190.70.31390.70.3+80
German1850.61.01610.81.1+24
Portuguese1750.60.31030.50.3+72
Telugu1730.60.5130.10.3+160
Amharic1700.60.21170.60.1+53
Indonesian1650.50.9700.40.8+95
Malayalam1520.50.6480.20.2+104
Persian/Dari1510.51.0570.30.7+94
Thai1310.40.5580.30.4+73
Bengali1270.40.4500.30.3+77
French1180.40.9630.30.8+55
Romanian1170.40.3880.50.3+29
Gujarati1140.40.7200.10.2+94
Korean1050.30.7130.10.5+92
Tongan900.30.1380.20.1+52
Lao870.30.1430.20.1+44
Hungarian840.30.4770.40.5+7
Assyrian/Aramaic790.30.5540.30.5+25
Marathi760.30.2210.10.1+55
Slovak720.20.1590.30.1+13
Southern Asian Languages, nfd710.20.2490.30.2+22
Dutch680.20.4560.30.5+12
Afrikaans640.20.3130.10.2+51
Tigrinya640.20.1250.10.1+39
Russian620.21.0400.21.1+22
Serbo-Croatian/Yugoslavian, so described570.20.1430.20.2+14
Māori (New Zealand)570.20.1110.10.1+46
Malay570.20.3410.20.2+16
Japanese530.20.4160.10.4+37
Chinese, nfd470.20.530.00.3+44
Kannada440.10.270.00.1+37
African Languages, nfd350.10.0170.10.0+18
Min Nan (incl. Hokkien)340.10.390.00.3+25
Oromo320.10.1120.10.1+20
Fijian320.10.0230.10.0+9
Yoruba310.10.0100.10.0+21
Kurdish310.10.1140.10.1+17
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Excludes languages with fewer than 10 people speaking them at home, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Language spoken at home - Summary
City of Melton - Overseas born20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater MelbourneNumber%Greater Melbourne2006 to 2011
Speaks English only9,77432.234.37,29437.937.4+2,480
Non-English total20,05866.165.011,66960.761.8+8,389
Not stated / Inadequately described5351.80.72591.30.8+276

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 English, Greater Melbourne: 34.3% Maltese, Greater Melbourne: 1.0% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 4.5% Tagalog, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Spanish, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Filipino, Greater Melbourne: 1.0% Arabic, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Macedonian, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Hindi, Greater Melbourne: 2.2% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 4.9% English, City of Melton: 32.2% Maltese, City of Melton: 4.1% Vietnamese, City of Melton: 4.1% Tagalog, City of Melton: 4.0% Spanish, City of Melton: 3.6% Filipino, City of Melton: 3.6% Arabic, City of Melton: 3.2% Macedonian, City of Melton: 3.0% Hindi, City of Melton: 2.8% Italian, City of Melton: 2.6%
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 English, City of Melton: +2,480 Maltese, City of Melton: +251 Vietnamese, City of Melton: +681 Tagalog, City of Melton: +579 Spanish, City of Melton: +212 Filipino, City of Melton: +415 Arabic, City of Melton: +517 Macedonian, City of Melton: +266 Hindi, City of Melton: +533 Italian, City of Melton: +155
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 overseas born population in the City of Melton in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who spoke English only, and a larger proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 32.2% of the overseas born population spoke English only, and 66.1% spoke a non-English language, compared with 34.3% and 65.0% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home by the overseas born population, other than English, in the City of Melton was Maltese, with 4.1% of the population, or 1,252 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Maltese at home (4.1% compared to 1.0%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Tagalog at home (4.0% compared to 1.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (2.0% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (1.6% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of overseas born people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 8,389 or 71.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 2,480 or 34.0%.

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

  • Vietnamese (+681 persons)
  • Tagalog (+579 persons)
  • Punjabi (+554 persons)
  • Hindi (+533 persons)