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Language spoken at home

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

In Rockhampton, 6% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

Rockhampton'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.

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.

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
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Filipino/Tagalog
6000.80.53440.40.4+256
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese4110.50.13330.40.1+78
map this data in atlas.idPortuguese2500.30.22790.40.1-29
Mandarin
2330.30.71420.20.3+91
Tamil
2060.30.1890.10.0+117
Afrikaans
1880.20.31970.30.2-9
Punjabi
1630.20.2320.00.1+131
Persian/Dari
1430.20.1940.10.0+49
Hindi
1390.20.11410.20.1-2
Malayalam
1370.20.1430.10.0+94
Nepali
1310.20.1760.10.0+55
Australian Indigenous Languages
1130.10.5600.10.5+53
Bengali
1120.10.01320.20.0-20
German
1090.10.41110.10.4-2
Cantonese
1050.10.2900.10.2+15
Sinhalese
1010.10.1710.10.0+30
Shona
860.10.0460.10.0+40
Korean
820.10.3890.10.2-7
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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
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
69,52087.284.367,90488.487.4+1,616
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total4,6165.87.93,5624.66.6+1,054
Not stated
5,5867.07.85,3607.06.0+226

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 Filipino/Tagalog, Regional QLD: 0.5% Vietnamese, Regional QLD: 0.1% Portuguese, Regional QLD: 0.2% Mandarin, Regional QLD: 0.7% Tamil, Regional QLD: 0.1% Afrikaans, Regional QLD: 0.3% Punjabi, Regional QLD: 0.2% Persian/Dari, Regional QLD: 0.1% Hindi, Regional QLD: 0.1% Malayalam, Regional QLD: 0.1% Filipino/Tagalog, Rockhampton: 0.8% Vietnamese, Rockhampton: 0.5% Portuguese, Rockhampton: 0.3% Mandarin, Rockhampton: 0.3% Tamil, Rockhampton: 0.3% Afrikaans, Rockhampton: 0.2% Punjabi, Rockhampton: 0.2% Persian/Dari, Rockhampton: 0.2% Hindi, Rockhampton: 0.2% Malayalam, 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 language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Filipino/Tagalog, Rockhampton: +256 Vietnamese, Rockhampton: +78 Portuguese, Rockhampton: -29 Mandarin, Rockhampton: +91 Tamil, Rockhampton: +117 Afrikaans, Rockhampton: -9 Punjabi, Rockhampton: +131 Persian/Dari, Rockhampton: +49 Hindi, Rockhampton: -2 Malayalam, Rockhampton: +94
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 Rockhampton in 2016 compared to Regional QLD 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, 87.2% of the population spoke English only, and 5.8% spoke a non-English language, compared with 84.3% and 7.9% respectively for Regional QLD.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Rockhampton was Filipino/Tagalog, with 0.8% of the population, or 600 people speaking this language at home.

There were no major differences between Rockhampton and Regional QLD in 2016.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 1,054 or 29.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 1,616 or 2.4%.

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

  • Filipino/Tagalog (+256 persons)
  • Punjabi (+131 persons)
  • Tamil (+117 persons)
  • Malayalam (+94 persons)

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