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Language spoken at home

In the RDA Northern Territory, 27% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The RDA Northern Territory'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 RDA Northern Territory'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
RDA Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Australian Indigenous Languages34,44316.31.029,16015.30.9+5,283
Filipino/Tagalog3,0501.42.11,4030.71.0+1,647
Greek2,8361.32.32,4841.32.3+352
Mandarin1,1950.60.85590.30.4+636
Indonesian9440.40.77680.40.6+176
Vietnamese8620.40.67560.40.6+106
German7660.40.46330.30.4+133
Italian7480.40.57370.40.6+11
Thai7330.30.54740.20.4+259
Cantonese6890.30.56950.40.6-6
Hakka6150.30.55800.30.5+35
Malayalam6000.30.3460.00.0+554
Portuguese5450.30.45080.30.4+37
Hindi4450.20.21560.10.1+289
French4270.20.23210.20.2+106
Nepali3930.20.3290.00.0+364
Spanish3620.20.23010.20.2+61
Arabic2960.10.22660.10.2+30
Afrikaans2950.10.21000.10.0+195
Punjabi2760.10.2320.00.0+244
Tamil2760.10.22010.10.1+75
Korean2720.10.1620.00.0+210
Shona2630.10.1800.00.0+183
Dutch2380.10.11760.10.1+62
Non-verbal so described2300.10.12270.10.1+3
Sinhalese2280.10.2880.00.1+140
Urdu2210.10.1890.00.1+132
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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
RDA Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only133,03262.872.7125,74765.976.8+7,285
Non-English total56,69626.715.844,58323.412.5+12,113
Not stated22,22310.511.620,57210.810.7+1,651

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 Australian Indigenous Languages, Greater Darwin: 1.0% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Darwin: 2.1% Greek, Greater Darwin: 2.3% Mandarin, Greater Darwin: 0.8% Indonesian, Greater Darwin: 0.7% Vietnamese, Greater Darwin: 0.6% German, Greater Darwin: 0.4% Italian, Greater Darwin: 0.5% Thai, Greater Darwin: 0.5% Cantonese, Greater Darwin: 0.5% Australian Indigenous Languages, RDA Northern Territory: 16.3% Filipino/Tagalog, RDA Northern Territory: 1.4% Greek, RDA Northern Territory: 1.3% Mandarin, RDA Northern Territory: 0.6% Indonesian, RDA Northern Territory: 0.4% Vietnamese, RDA Northern Territory: 0.4% German, RDA Northern Territory: 0.4% Italian, RDA Northern Territory: 0.4% Thai, RDA Northern Territory: 0.3% Cantonese, RDA Northern Territory: 0.3%
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 Australian Indigenous Languages, RDA Northern Territory: +5,283 Filipino/Tagalog, RDA Northern Territory: +1,647 Greek, RDA Northern Territory: +352 Mandarin, RDA Northern Territory: +636 Indonesian, RDA Northern Territory: +176 Vietnamese, RDA Northern Territory: +106 German, RDA Northern Territory: +133 Italian, RDA Northern Territory: +11 Thai, RDA Northern Territory: +259 Cantonese, RDA Northern Territory: -6
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 RDA Northern Territory in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who spoke English only, and a larger proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 62.8% of the population spoke English only, and 26.7% spoke a non-English language, compared with 72.7% and 15.8% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the RDA Northern Territory was Australian Indigenous Languages, with 16.3% of the population, or 34,443 people speaking this language at home.

The major difference between the languages spoken at home for the population of the RDA Northern Territory and Greater Darwin in 2011 was:

  • A larger percentage speaking Australian Indigenous Languages at home (16.3% compared to 1.0%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 12,113 or 27.2%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 7,285 or 5.8%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the RDA Northern Territory between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Australian Indigenous Languages (+5,283 persons)
  • Filipino/Tagalog (+1,647 persons)
  • Mandarin (+636 persons)
  • Malayalam (+554 persons)

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