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Recent arrivals - Language spoken at home

In 2011, 64.2% of recent overseas arrivals in 2011, spoke a language other than English at home.

Rockhampton's language statistics show the proportion of the population who speak a language at home other than English. For recent arrivals, this is a good indicator of translation services which might be required, as recent arrivals may be less likely to have good English skills. They represent the languages which have increased in prevalence in just the last few years in Rockhampton compared to the Regional QLD.

Rockhampton'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?'

People born overseas and arriving in Australia between 2006 and 9 Aug 2011

Language spoken at home - Ranked by size
Rockhampton - Recent arrivals2011
LanguageNumber%Brisbane SD
English1,06635.342.7
Vietnamese2137.01.5
Portuguese1765.80.7
Afrikaans1595.31.8
Tagalog1424.71.8
Hindi832.72.5
Filipino812.71.3
Tamil672.20.9
Mandarin662.28.7
Korean652.12.9
Hazaraghi521.70.2
Bengali501.70.4
Gujarati421.41.1
Nepali421.40.8
Sinhalese421.41.0
Shona401.30.4
Urdu381.30.6
Arabic381.32.0
Thai361.20.7
Persian/Dari311.01.2
Telugu301.00.5
Malayalam301.01.3
Punjabi291.02.8
German250.80.9
Cantonese250.82.3
Swahili240.80.3
Kannada230.80.2
Burmese220.70.3
Indo-Aryan, nfd200.70.8
Pidgin, nfd190.60.1
Chinese, nfd190.60.8
Motu (HiriMotu)160.50.0
Japanese150.50.9
Russian120.40.6
Romanian110.40.1
Yoruba110.40.0
Ilonggo (Hiligaynon)100.30.0
Malay100.30.6
French100.30.9
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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.

Excludes languages with fewer than 10 people speaking them at home, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Language spoken at home - Summary
Rockhampton - Recent arrivals2011
Language summaryNumber%Brisbane SD
Speaks English only1,06635.342.7
Non-English total1,94264.256.6
Not stated / Inadequately described160.50.7

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.

Language spoken at home, 2011
Language spoken at home, 2011 English, Brisbane SD: 42.7% Vietnamese, Brisbane SD: 1.5% Portuguese, Brisbane SD: 0.7% Afrikaans, Brisbane SD: 1.8% Tagalog, Brisbane SD: 1.8% Hindi, Brisbane SD: 2.5% Filipino, Brisbane SD: 1.3% Tamil, Brisbane SD: 0.9% Mandarin, Brisbane SD: 8.7% Korean, Brisbane SD: 2.9% English, Rockhampton: 35.3% Vietnamese, Rockhampton: 7.0% Portuguese, Rockhampton: 5.8% Afrikaans, Rockhampton: 5.3% Tagalog, Rockhampton: 4.7% Hindi, Rockhampton: 2.7% Filipino, Rockhampton: 2.7% Tamil, Rockhampton: 2.2% Mandarin, Rockhampton: 2.2% Korean, Rockhampton: 2.1%
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.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the language spoken at home by recent overseas arrivals in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Brisbane SD 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, 35.3% of recent overseas arrivals spoke English only, and 64.2% spoke a non-English language, compared with 42.7% and 56.6% respectively for Brisbane SD.

The dominant language spoken at home by recent overseas arrivals, other than English, in Rockhampton was Vietnamese, with 7.0% of the population, or 213 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the recent overseas arriving population of Rockhampton and Brisbane SD in 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (7.0% compared to 1.5%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Portuguese at home (5.8% compared to 0.7%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Afrikaans at home (5.3% compared to 1.8%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (2.2% compared to 8.7%)

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