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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Birthplace

In 2011, 4% of people in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Overseas born (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
United Kingdom5,8752.34.65,5512.34.5+324
New Zealand3,6601.44.12,8821.23.5+778
Philippines1,3330.50.65640.20.4+769
South Africa1,2240.50.77500.30.5+474
Germany6850.30.56290.30.5+56
India6820.30.43230.10.2+359
Zimbabwe6620.30.25380.20.1+124
Netherlands6600.30.36460.30.4+14
China5150.20.33560.20.2+159
United States of America5000.20.34520.20.3+48
Papua New Guinea4580.20.34270.20.3+31
Italy4500.20.34990.20.4-49
Sudan4370.20.04370.20.00
Malaysia3440.10.23390.10.1+5
Canada2990.10.22250.10.2+74
Ireland2950.10.22360.10.2+59
Fiji2680.10.12120.10.1+56
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Total overseas born23,1909.216.718,5647.814.8+4,626
Non-English speaking backgrounds11,3374.56.68,4683.65.7+2,869
Main English speaking countries11,8534.710.110,0964.39.1+1,757
Australia215,10885.076.8205,00486.577.8+10,104
Not stated14,6535.86.513,3115.67.4+1,342

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 United Kingdom, Regional QLD: 4.6% New Zealand, Regional QLD: 4.1% Philippines, Regional QLD: 0.6% South Africa, Regional QLD: 0.7% Germany, Regional QLD: 0.5% India, Regional QLD: 0.4% Zimbabwe, Regional QLD: 0.2% Netherlands, Regional QLD: 0.3% China, Regional QLD: 0.3% United States of America, Regional QLD: 0.3% United Kingdom, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.3% New Zealand, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.4% Philippines, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.5% South Africa, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.5% Germany, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.3% India, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.3% Zimbabwe, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.3% Netherlands, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.3% China, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2% United States of America, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 United Kingdom, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +324 New Zealand, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +778 Philippines, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +769 South Africa, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +474 Germany, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +56 India, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +359 Zimbabwe, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +124 Netherlands, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +14 China, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +159 United States of America, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +48
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 country of birth of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a smaller proportion of people born overseas, as well as a smaller proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 9.2% of the population was born overseas, and 4.5% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 16.7% and 6.6% respectively for Regional QLD.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region was Philippines, where 0.5% of the population, or 1,333 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A smaller percentage of people born in New Zealand (1.4% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in United Kingdom (2.3% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 4,626 or 24.9%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 2,869 or 33.9%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • New Zealand (+778 persons)
  • Philippines (+769 persons)
  • South Africa (+474 persons)
  • India (+359 persons)

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