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The Hills Shire

Language spoken at home

In The Hills Shire, 26% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The Hills Shire'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 Hills Shire'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
The Hills Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCantonese4,8343.43.04,5893.53.0+245
map this data in atlas.idMandarin4,2993.03.02,2981.72.3+2,000
map this data in atlas.idArabic2,4821.74.12,2121.73.9+270
map this data in atlas.idKorean2,4031.71.11,6661.30.9+737
Hindi
1,9081.31.21,2330.90.9+674
Italian
1,9001.31.62,0021.51.7-102
Persian/Dari
1,6811.20.51,2540.90.4+427
Filipino/Tagalog
1,6251.11.21,6141.21.1+12
Tamil
1,2260.90.58810.70.4+346
Spanish
1,2070.91.19610.71.1+246
Sinhalese
1,1350.80.28160.60.2+318
Greek
1,0760.81.89510.71.9+126
Punjabi
9150.60.46400.50.2+275
Croatian
7190.50.56740.50.5+46
Indonesian
6190.40.54830.40.4+136
Urdu
5810.40.43740.30.2+207
Polish
5470.40.35560.40.3-9
German
5060.40.45230.40.4-17
Afrikaans
4850.30.11950.10.1+290
Maltese
4530.30.34290.30.3+24
Vietnamese
4470.31.93310.31.8+116
Turkish
4030.30.53620.30.5+41
Gujarati
3960.30.32210.20.1+175
French
3620.30.42680.20.3+94
Bengali
3540.20.53450.30.3+9
Russian
3440.20.42400.20.3+104
Dutch
2340.20.12180.20.1+16
Serbian
2260.20.42230.20.4+4
Japanese
2040.10.31470.10.3+57
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
1970.10.11600.10.1+37
Malayalam
1930.10.1920.10.1+101
Hungarian
1800.10.11730.10.2+7
Telugu
1730.10.2640.00.1+109
Thai
1730.10.3950.10.2+78
Armenian
1710.10.21670.10.2+4
Marathi
1620.10.1690.10.1+93
Non-verbal so described
1520.10.12510.20.2-99
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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
The Hills Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only101,06571.262.298,65674.564.0+2,409
Non-English total37,36226.332.429,67222.429.2+7,690
Not stated3,5022.55.34,0083.06.8-506

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 Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Korean, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Hindi, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Persian/Dari, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Tamil, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Cantonese, The Hills Shire: 3.4% Mandarin, The Hills Shire: 3.0% Arabic, The Hills Shire: 1.7% Korean, The Hills Shire: 1.7% Hindi, The Hills Shire: 1.3% Italian, The Hills Shire: 1.3% Persian/Dari, The Hills Shire: 1.2% Filipino/Tagalog, The Hills Shire: 1.1% Tamil, The Hills Shire: 0.9% Spanish, The Hills Shire: 0.9%
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 Cantonese, The Hills Shire: +245 Mandarin, The Hills Shire: +2,000 Arabic, The Hills Shire: +270 Korean, The Hills Shire: +737 Hindi, The Hills Shire: +674 Italian, The Hills Shire: -102 Persian/Dari, The Hills Shire: +427 Filipino/Tagalog, The Hills Shire: +12 Tamil, The Hills Shire: +346 Spanish, The Hills Shire: +246
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 Hills Shire in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 71.2% of the population spoke English only, and 26.3% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.2% and 32.4% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in The Hills Shire was Cantonese, with 3.4% of the population, or 4,834 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of The Hills Shire and Greater Sydney in 2011 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (1.7% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (0.3% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Greek at home (0.8% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 7,690 or 25.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 2,409 or 2.4%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in The Hills Shire between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+2,000 persons)
  • Korean (+737 persons)
  • Hindi (+674 persons)
  • Persian/Dari (+427 persons)

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