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In Oakleigh, 40% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

Oakleigh'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.

Oakleigh'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
Oakleigh - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idGreek1,01613.56.597314.26.9+43
map this data in atlas.idMandarin4055.49.32393.56.1+166
Italian
2463.32.62663.93.1-20
Cantonese
1431.94.91372.04.9+6
Korean
791.11.3540.80.7+25
French
710.90.5500.70.4+21
Punjabi
700.90.8310.50.4+39
Arabic
680.90.7620.90.7+6
Spanish
630.80.5420.60.5+21
Gujarati
600.80.4150.20.2+45
Hindi
570.81.2260.40.9+31
Vietnamese
550.71.5360.51.3+19
Russian
480.60.6440.60.6+4
Sinhalese
450.62.2160.21.5+29
Telugu
380.50.3290.40.2+9
Polish
380.50.5540.80.6-16
Japanese
380.50.4230.30.3+15
Indonesian
370.50.9330.50.8+4
Chinese, nfd
300.40.5150.20.3+15
German
260.30.490.10.5+17
Tamil
250.31.3310.51.2-6
Serbian
250.30.3230.30.3+2
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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
Oakleigh - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only4,18655.752.14,03858.856.7+148
Non-English total3,02440.244.42,50536.538.6+519
Not stated3104.13.53294.84.7-19

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 Greek, City of Monash: 6.5% Mandarin, City of Monash: 9.3% Italian, City of Monash: 2.6% Cantonese, City of Monash: 4.9% Korean, City of Monash: 1.3% French, City of Monash: 0.5% Punjabi, City of Monash: 0.8% Arabic, City of Monash: 0.7% Spanish, City of Monash: 0.5% Gujarati, City of Monash: 0.4% Greek, Oakleigh: 13.5% Mandarin, Oakleigh: 5.4% Italian, Oakleigh: 3.3% Cantonese, Oakleigh: 1.9% Korean, Oakleigh: 1.1% French, Oakleigh: 0.9% Punjabi, Oakleigh: 0.9% Arabic, Oakleigh: 0.9% Spanish, Oakleigh: 0.8% Gujarati, Oakleigh: 0.8%
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 Greek, Oakleigh: +43 Mandarin, Oakleigh: +166 Italian, Oakleigh: -20 Cantonese, Oakleigh: +6 Korean, Oakleigh: +25 French, Oakleigh: +21 Punjabi, Oakleigh: +39 Arabic, Oakleigh: +6 Spanish, Oakleigh: +21 Gujarati, Oakleigh: +45
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 Oakleigh in 2011 compared to City of Monash 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, 55.7% of the population spoke English only, and 40.2% spoke a non-English language, compared with 52.1% and 44.4% respectively for City of Monash.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Oakleigh was Greek, with 13.5% of the population, or 1,016 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (13.5% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (5.4% compared to 9.3%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (1.9% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Sinhalese at home (0.6% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 519 or 20.7%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 148 or 3.7%.

The largest change in the spoken languages of the population in Oakleigh between 2006 and 2011 was for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+166 persons)

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