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City of Onkaparinga

Proficiency in English

In the City of Onkaparinga, 1,243 people who were able to speak another language in 2016, reported difficulty speaking English.

Proficiency in English measures the self-assessed proficiency in spoken English of people who speak a language other than English at home. The data, when viewed with other ethnic and cultural indicators, such as Ancestry, Country of Birth, Language Spoken at Home and Religion, reflects the City of Onkaparinga's ethnic composition and how long the overseas born have been in Australia. This helps service providers determine whether they need to communicate with the local population in languages other than English.

Derived from the Census question:

'How well does the person speak English?'

Total population

Proficiency in English
City of Onkaparinga - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only147,29888.375.4144,75990.778.8+2,539
Speaks another language, and English well or very well10,1516.116.39,0115.614.4+1,140
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,2430.73.51,0580.73.0+185
Not stated8,0784.84.84,7513.03.7+3,327

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Proficiency in English, 2016
Proficiency in English, 2016 Not stated, Greater Adelaide: 4.8% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Adelaide: 3.5% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Adelaide: 16.3% Speaks English only, Greater Adelaide: 75.4% Not stated, City of Onkaparinga: 4.8% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Onkaparinga: 0.7% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Onkaparinga: 6.1% Speaks English only, City of Onkaparinga: 88.3%
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 Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, City of Onkaparinga: +3,327 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Onkaparinga: +185 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Onkaparinga: +1,140 Speaks English only, City of Onkaparinga: +2,539
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 proficiency in English data of the population in the City of Onkaparinga in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a higher proportion of people who spoke English only, and a lower proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 88.3% of people spoke English only, and 0.7% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 75.4% and 3.5% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks English only (+2,539 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+1,140 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+185 persons)

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