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Language spoken at home

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In the City of Monash, 50% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

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.

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 Monash - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idMandarin26,82114.74.115,6699.32.5+11,152
map this data in atlas.idGreek10,3255.72.410,9816.52.8-656
Cantonese
8,7084.81.78,3724.91.8+336
Sinhalese
4,6452.50.83,7342.20.7+911
Italian
3,8442.12.34,4212.62.8-577
Hindi
3,1091.71.12,0371.20.8+1,072
Vietnamese
2,9771.62.32,5891.52.1+388
Tamil
2,6701.50.62,2481.30.4+422
Korean
2,3621.30.32,1961.30.3+166
Indonesian
1,7501.00.41,5800.90.3+170
Punjabi
1,5430.81.21,4380.80.7+105
Arabic
1,3200.71.71,2190.71.6+101
Persian/Dari
9930.50.86960.40.4+297
Chinese, nfd
9700.50.19160.50.2+54
Spanish
9580.50.88730.50.7+85
Russian
9390.50.49470.60.4-8
Bengali
9050.50.26850.40.2+220
Japanese
8900.50.26200.40.2+270
Gujarati
8690.50.36710.40.2+198
Malayalam
8630.50.35760.30.2+287
Telugu
8320.50.35480.30.2+284
Filipino/Tagalog
8280.50.87690.50.7+59
French
7730.40.47660.50.4+7
Polish
7690.40.38540.50.4-85
Urdu
7130.40.54370.30.3+276
German
6950.40.47570.40.4-62
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
6600.40.16730.40.1-13
Armenian
5900.30.06100.40.0-20
Croatian
4800.30.45480.30.5-68
Marathi
4720.30.13170.20.1+155
Thai
4670.30.23550.20.2+112
Serbian
4390.20.44480.30.4-9
Non-verbal so described
4110.20.22520.10.1+159
Kannada
3490.20.12010.10.1+148
Malay
3390.20.13670.20.1-28
Hungarian
3310.20.13560.20.2-25
Khmer
3170.20.32760.20.3+41
Turkish
3000.20.73150.20.8-15
Nepali
2650.10.21360.10.1+129
Portuguese
2350.10.21590.10.1+76
Macedonian
2000.10.62160.10.7-16
Dutch
1850.10.11980.10.2-13
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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)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
82,94345.462.088,16152.166.4-5,218
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total91,53750.132.375,21044.429.0+16,327
Not stated
8,1174.45.65,9053.54.6+2,212

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 Mandarin, Greater Melbourne: 4.1% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.4% Cantonese, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Sinhalese, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Hindi, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Tamil, Greater Melbourne: 0.6% Korean, Greater Melbourne: 0.3% Indonesian, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Mandarin, City of Monash: 14.7% Greek, City of Monash: 5.7% Cantonese, City of Monash: 4.8% Sinhalese, City of Monash: 2.5% Italian, City of Monash: 2.1% Hindi, City of Monash: 1.7% Vietnamese, City of Monash: 1.6% Tamil, City of Monash: 1.5% Korean, City of Monash: 1.3% Indonesian, City of Monash: 1.0%
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 Mandarin, City of Monash: +11,152 Greek, City of Monash: -656 Cantonese, City of Monash: +336 Sinhalese, City of Monash: +911 Italian, City of Monash: -577 Hindi, City of Monash: +1,072 Vietnamese, City of Monash: +388 Tamil, City of Monash: +422 Korean, City of Monash: +166 Indonesian, City of Monash: +170
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 Monash in 2016 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, 45.4% of the population spoke English only, and 50.1% 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 Monash was Mandarin, with 14.7% of the population, or 26,821 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 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (14.7% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (5.7% compared to 2.4%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Cantonese at home (4.8% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Sinhalese at home (2.5% compared to 0.8%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 16,327 or 21.7%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 5,218 or 5.9%.

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

  • Mandarin (+11,152 persons)
  • Hindi (+1,072 persons)
  • Sinhalese (+911 persons)
  • Greek (-656 persons)

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