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Limestone Coast region

Language spoken at home

In the Limestone Coast region, 4% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

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.

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)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Regional SA %Number%Regional SA %2006 to 2011
Italian4530.70.54810.80.5-28
Filipino/Tagalog1980.30.3710.10.1+127
Karen1780.30.000.00.0+178
Persian/Dari1580.30.1240.00.0+134
German1530.20.31440.20.4+9
Dutch1150.20.21340.20.2-19
Mandarin1020.20.1900.10.1+12
Greek770.10.5970.20.5-20
Swahili650.10.090.00.0+56

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)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Regional SA %Number%Regional SA %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only58,55592.891.057,65792.691.1+898
Non-English total2,5904.14.61,8653.04.0+725
Not stated1,9353.14.42,7154.44.9-780

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 Italian, Regional SA: 0.5% Filipino/Tagalog, Regional SA: 0.3% Karen, Regional SA: 0.0% Persian/Dari, Regional SA: 0.1% German, Regional SA: 0.3% Dutch, Regional SA: 0.2% Mandarin, Regional SA: 0.1% Greek, Regional SA: 0.5% Swahili, Regional SA: 0.0% Italian, Limestone Coast region: 0.7% Filipino/Tagalog, Limestone Coast region: 0.3% Karen, Limestone Coast region: 0.3% Persian/Dari, Limestone Coast region: 0.3% German, Limestone Coast region: 0.2% Dutch, Limestone Coast region: 0.2% Mandarin, Limestone Coast region: 0.2% Greek, Limestone Coast region: 0.1% Swahili, Limestone Coast region: 0.1%
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 Italian, Limestone Coast region: -28 Filipino/Tagalog, Limestone Coast region: +127 Karen, Limestone Coast region: +178 Persian/Dari, Limestone Coast region: +134 German, Limestone Coast region: +9 Dutch, Limestone Coast region: -19 Mandarin, Limestone Coast region: +12 Greek, Limestone Coast region: -20 Swahili, Limestone Coast region: +56
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 the Limestone Coast region in 2011 compared to Regional SA 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, 92.8% of the population spoke English only, and 4.1% spoke a non-English language, compared with 91.0% and 4.6% respectively for Regional SA.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the Limestone Coast region was Italian, with 0.7% of the population, or 453 people speaking this language at home.

There were no major differences between Limestone Coast region and Regional SA in 2011.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 725 or 38.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 898 or 1.6%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the Limestone Coast region between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Karen (+178 persons)
  • Persian/Dari (+134 persons)
  • Filipino/Tagalog (+127 persons)
  • Swahili (+56 persons)

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