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Language spoken at home

In the City of Monash, 44% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The City of Monash'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 Monash'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
City of Monash - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idMandarin15,6699.32.59,9126.11.7+5,757
map this data in atlas.idGreek10,9816.52.811,0586.93.1-77
Cantonese
8,3724.91.87,8984.91.8+474
Italian
4,4212.62.84,9253.13.3-504
Sinhalese
3,7342.20.72,3651.50.5+1,369
Vietnamese
2,5891.52.12,1531.31.9+436
Tamil
2,2481.30.41,8801.20.3+368
Korean
2,1961.30.31,0900.70.2+1,106
Hindi
2,0371.20.81,4810.90.5+556
Indonesian
1,5800.90.31,3650.80.3+215
Punjabi
1,4380.80.75700.40.2+868
Arabic
1,2190.71.61,0830.71.5+136
Russian
9470.60.49710.60.4-24
Chinese, nfd
9160.50.24040.30.1+512
Spanish
8730.50.78340.50.6+39
Polish
8540.50.41,0460.60.4-192
Filipino/Tagalog
7690.50.76170.40.6+152
French
7660.50.46970.40.3+69
German
7570.40.48390.50.4-82
Persian/Dari
6960.40.46250.40.2+71
Bengali
6850.40.25000.30.1+185
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
6730.40.15410.30.1+132
Gujarati
6710.40.22940.20.1+377
Japanese
6200.40.25290.30.2+91
Armenian
6100.40.06810.40.1-71
Malayalam
5760.30.22250.10.1+351
Telugu
5480.30.23720.20.1+176
Croatian
5480.30.55420.30.5+6
Serbian
4480.30.44760.30.4-28
Urdu
4370.30.32390.10.1+198
Malay
3670.20.13540.20.1+13
Hungarian
3560.20.24710.30.2-115
Thai
3550.20.22910.20.1+64
Marathi
3170.20.11520.10.0+165
Turkish
3150.20.83020.20.8+13
Khmer
2760.20.32290.10.3+47
Non-verbal so described
2520.10.12870.20.2-35
Macedonian
2160.10.72290.10.8-13
Kannada
2010.10.11300.10.0+71
Dutch
1980.10.22140.10.2-16
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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 Monash - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only88,16152.166.391,43756.768.5-3,276
Non-English total75,21044.429.162,20538.626.0+13,005
Not stated5,9053.54.67,6014.75.6-1,696

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 Mandarin, Greater Melbourne: 2.5% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.8% Cantonese, Greater Melbourne: 1.8% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.8% Sinhalese, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Tamil, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Korean, Greater Melbourne: 0.3% Hindi, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Indonesian, Greater Melbourne: 0.3% Mandarin, City of Monash: 9.3% Greek, City of Monash: 6.5% Cantonese, City of Monash: 4.9% Italian, City of Monash: 2.6% Sinhalese, City of Monash: 2.2% Vietnamese, City of Monash: 1.5% Tamil, City of Monash: 1.3% Korean, City of Monash: 1.3% Hindi, City of Monash: 1.2% Indonesian, City of Monash: 0.9%
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 Mandarin, City of Monash: +5,757 Greek, City of Monash: -77 Cantonese, City of Monash: +474 Italian, City of Monash: -504 Sinhalese, City of Monash: +1,369 Vietnamese, City of Monash: +436 Tamil, City of Monash: +368 Korean, City of Monash: +1,106 Hindi, City of Monash: +556 Indonesian, City of Monash: +215
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 City of Monash 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, 52.1% of the population spoke English only, and 44.4% spoke a non-English language, compared with 66.3% and 29.1% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of Monash was Mandarin, with 9.3% of the population, or 15,669 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the City of Monash and Greater Melbourne in 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (9.3% compared to 2.5%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (6.5% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Cantonese at home (4.9% compared to 1.8%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Sinhalese at home (2.2% compared to 0.7%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 13,005 or 20.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 3,276 or 3.6%.

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

  • Mandarin (+5,757 persons)
  • Sinhalese (+1,369 persons)
  • Korean (+1,106 persons)
  • Punjabi (+868 persons)

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