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In 2016, 6% of people in Rockhampton, 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 Rockhampton. 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, Rockhampton's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

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 birthplace 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:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Rockhampton - Overseas born (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
United Kingdom
1,2941.64.41,3401.74.6-46
New Zealand
1,1601.53.91,1471.54.1+13
map this data in atlas.idPhilippines8171.00.84800.60.6+337
India
4690.60.63340.40.4+135
map this data in atlas.idSouth Africa3450.40.73330.40.7+12
Vietnam
3450.40.13310.40.1+14
Sri Lanka
2600.30.11170.20.1+143
Brazil
2220.30.12450.30.1-23
China
1760.20.41510.20.3+25
Germany
1490.20.51290.20.5+20
Zimbabwe
1370.20.21190.20.2+18
Papua New Guinea
1300.20.31000.10.3+30
United States of America
1300.20.31170.20.3+13
Burma (Myanmar)
1160.10.0570.10.0+59
Netherlands
1140.10.31140.10.30
Nepal
1100.10.1660.10.0+44
Fiji
1030.10.1910.10.1+12
Bangladesh
990.10.01010.10.0-2
Afghanistan
900.10.0630.10.0+27
Malaysia
900.10.2760.10.2+14
Thailand
830.10.2660.10.1+17
South Korea
700.10.31000.10.2-30
Ireland
660.10.2490.10.2+17
Canada
620.10.2470.10.2+15
Pakistan
500.10.0370.00.0+13
Hong Kong
420.10.1430.10.1-1
Indonesia
390.00.1400.10.1-1
Singapore
390.00.1280.00.1+11
Iran
350.00.1430.10.0-8
Japan
280.00.3310.00.3-3
Taiwan
260.00.1250.00.1+1
Nigeria
210.00.0250.00.0-4
Italy
210.00.3300.00.3-9
France
210.00.1290.00.1-8
Samoa
180.00.0150.00.0+3
Austria
170.00.1210.00.1-4
Botswana
160.00.0150.00.0+1
Colombia
150.00.060.00.0+9
Sweden
150.00.0100.00.0+5
Kenya
140.00.0190.00.0-5
El Salvador
130.00.0170.00.0-4
Zambia
130.00.0150.00.0-2
Hungary
130.00.1210.00.1-8
Poland
130.00.1170.00.1-4
Greece
130.00.0160.00.0-3
Spain
120.00.0170.00.0-5
Egypt
110.00.0200.00.0-9
Denmark
110.00.170.00.1+4
Finland
100.00.00--0.1+10
Namibia
100.00.0180.00.0-8
Switzerland
100.00.1150.00.1-5
Croatia
100.00.140.00.1+6
Romania
100.00.030.00.0+7
Russian Federation
100.00.1190.00.0-9
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born7,4619.417.36,6998.716.7+762
Non-English speaking backgrounds
4,4045.57.63,6664.86.6+738
Main English speaking countries
3,0573.89.83,0333.910.1+24
Australia
65,95882.774.364,11783.476.8+1,841
Not stated
6,2987.98.46,0267.86.5+272

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2016
Birthplace, 2016 United Kingdom, Regional QLD: 4.4% New Zealand, Regional QLD: 3.9% Philippines, Regional QLD: 0.8% India, Regional QLD: 0.6% Vietnam, Regional QLD: 0.1% South Africa, Regional QLD: 0.7% Sri Lanka, Regional QLD: 0.1% Brazil, Regional QLD: 0.1% China, Regional QLD: 0.4% Germany, Regional QLD: 0.5% United Kingdom, Rockhampton: 1.6% New Zealand, Rockhampton: 1.5% Philippines, Rockhampton: 1.0% India, Rockhampton: 0.6% Vietnam, Rockhampton: 0.4% South Africa, Rockhampton: 0.4% Sri Lanka, Rockhampton: 0.3% Brazil, Rockhampton: 0.3% China, Rockhampton: 0.2% Germany, Rockhampton: 0.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016
Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016 United Kingdom, Rockhampton: -46 New Zealand, Rockhampton: +13 Philippines, Rockhampton: +337 India, Rockhampton: +135 Vietnam, Rockhampton: +14 South Africa, Rockhampton: +12 Sri Lanka, Rockhampton: +143 Brazil, Rockhampton: -23 China, Rockhampton: +25 Germany, Rockhampton: +20
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 country of birth of the population in Rockhampton in 2016 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, 9.4% of the population was born overseas, and 5.5% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 17.3% and 7.6% respectively for Regional QLD.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in Rockhampton was Philippines, where 1.0% of the population, or 817 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in Rockhampton and Regional QLD were:

  • A smaller percentage of people born in United Kingdom (1.6% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in New Zealand (1.5% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people born overseas increased by 762 or 11.4%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 738 or 20.1%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were for those born in:

  • Philippines (+337 persons)
  • Sri Lanka (+143 persons)
  • India (+135 persons)
  • Burma (Myanmar) (+59 persons)

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