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Proficiency in English

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In the City of Playford, 2,928 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 Playford'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 Playford - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only72,27680.975.468,08886.178.8+4,188
Speaks another language, and English well or very well8,3619.416.35,8737.414.4+2,488
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all2,9283.33.51,7232.23.0+1,205
Not stated5,8106.54.83,4284.33.7+2,382

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 Playford: 6.5% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Playford: 3.3% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Playford: 9.4% Speaks English only, City of Playford: 80.9%
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 Playford: +2,382 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Playford: +1,205 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Playford: +2,488 Speaks English only, City of Playford: +4,188
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 Playford in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a higher proportion of people who spoke English only, and a similar proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 80.9% of people spoke English only, and 3.3% 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 (+4,188 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+2,488 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+1,205 persons)

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