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Limestone Coast region

Language spoken at home

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

In the Limestone Coast region, 5% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

The Limestone Coast region'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 Limestone Coast region'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
Limestone Coast region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Regional SA %Number%Regional SA %2011 to 2016
Persian/Dari4040.60.21580.30.1+246
Italian3760.60.44530.70.5-77
Filipino/Tagalog3470.50.41980.30.3+149
Karen3100.50.11780.30.0+132
Mandarin1870.30.31020.20.1+85
Swahili1370.20.1650.10.0+72
German1240.20.31530.20.3-29
Greek810.10.4770.10.5+4
Vietnamese760.10.1550.10.1+21
Afrikaans760.10.1610.10.1+15
Dutch750.10.11150.20.2-40
French660.10.1520.10.1+14
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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
Limestone Coast region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Regional SA %Number%Regional SA %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only57,17988.387.958,55592.891.0-1,376
Non-English total3,2355.04.92,5904.14.6+645
Not stated4,3086.77.11,9353.14.4+2,373

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 Persian/Dari, Regional SA: 0.2% Italian, Regional SA: 0.4% Filipino/Tagalog, Regional SA: 0.4% Karen, Regional SA: 0.1% Mandarin, Regional SA: 0.3% Swahili, Regional SA: 0.1% German, Regional SA: 0.3% Greek, Regional SA: 0.4% Afrikaans, Regional SA: 0.1% Vietnamese, Regional SA: 0.1% Persian/Dari, Limestone Coast region: 0.6% Italian, Limestone Coast region: 0.6% Filipino/Tagalog, Limestone Coast region: 0.5% Karen, Limestone Coast region: 0.5% Mandarin, Limestone Coast region: 0.3% Swahili, Limestone Coast region: 0.2% German, Limestone Coast region: 0.2% Greek, Limestone Coast region: 0.1% Afrikaans, Limestone Coast region: 0.1% Vietnamese, Limestone Coast region: 0.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Persian/Dari, Limestone Coast region: +246 Italian, Limestone Coast region: -77 Filipino/Tagalog, Limestone Coast region: +149 Karen, Limestone Coast region: +132 Mandarin, Limestone Coast region: +85 Swahili, Limestone Coast region: +72 German, Limestone Coast region: -29 Greek, Limestone Coast region: +4 Afrikaans, Limestone Coast region: +15 Vietnamese, Limestone Coast region: +21
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 Limestone Coast region in 2016 compared to Regional SA shows that there was a similar proportion of people who spoke English only, as well as a similar proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 88.3% of the population spoke English only, and 5.0% spoke a non-English language, compared with 87.9% and 4.9% respectively for Regional SA.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the Limestone Coast region was Persian/Dari, with 0.6% of the population, or 404 people speaking this language at home.

There were no major differences between Limestone Coast region and Regional SA in 2016.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 645 or 24.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 1,376 or 2.3%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the Limestone Coast region between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

  • Persian/Dari (+246 persons)
  • Filipino/Tagalog (+149 persons)
  • Karen (+132 persons)
  • Mandarin (+85 persons)

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