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Language spoken at home

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In the City of Unley, 19% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

The City of Unley'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 City of Unley'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
City of Unley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idMandarin1,3573.62.18622.31.3+495
map this data in atlas.idGreek1,3023.51.71,4984.11.9-196
Italian
7141.92.17812.12.6-67
Cantonese
3500.90.72920.80.7+58
Hindi
2370.60.51710.50.3+66
German
2140.60.42190.60.5-5
Spanish
1850.50.41770.50.4+8
Korean
1700.50.31680.50.2+2
French
1580.40.21060.30.2+52
Persian/Dari
1530.40.91550.40.4-2
Vietnamese
1370.41.41060.31.3+31
Punjabi
1360.40.7690.20.3+67
Bengali
1280.30.2760.20.1+52
Arabic
1250.30.71130.30.6+12
Japanese
1230.30.2870.20.1+36
Nepali
1090.30.3540.10.1+55
Polish
930.20.4890.20.5+4
Sinhalese
920.20.2630.20.1+29
Chinese, nfd
840.20.11010.30.1-17
Filipino/Tagalog
810.20.6630.20.5+18
Russian
780.20.2610.20.2+17
Indonesian
770.20.1900.20.1-13
Tamil
750.20.2370.10.1+38
Urdu
750.20.2330.10.1+42
Thai
620.20.1450.10.1+17
Malayalam
560.10.3440.10.2+12
Telugu
500.10.1100.00.1+40
Ukrainian
490.10.1480.10.1+1
Croatian
480.10.2590.20.3-11
Non-verbal so described
470.10.2240.10.1+23
Dutch
460.10.2480.10.2-2
Portuguese
450.10.1240.10.1+21
Gujarati
340.10.3350.10.2-1
Latvian
340.10.0520.10.0-18
Serbian
280.10.3210.10.3+7
Afrikaans
270.10.1350.10.1-8
Marathi
270.10.1170.00.0+10
Swahili
260.10.1150.00.1+11
Malay
260.10.1330.10.1-7
Turkish
240.10.0190.10.0+5
Hungarian
240.10.1410.10.1-17
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
220.10.1230.10.1-1
Maltese
190.10.1180.00.1+1
Khmer
190.10.3190.10.30
Czech
180.00.0210.10.0-3
Bulgarian
160.00.0100.00.0+6
Romanian
120.00.160.00.1+6
Swedish
110.00.0120.00.0-1
Amharic
110.00.000.00.0+11
Fijian
100.00.080.00.0+2
Shona
100.00.0100.00.00
Slovak
100.00.060.00.0+4
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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
City of Unley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
28,68976.175.428,83978.378.9-150
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total7,30419.419.76,41417.417.2+890
Not stated
1,7184.64.91,5884.33.9+130

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 Mandarin, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Greek, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Italian, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Cantonese, Greater Adelaide: 0.7% Hindi, Greater Adelaide: 0.5% German, Greater Adelaide: 0.4% Spanish, Greater Adelaide: 0.4% Korean, Greater Adelaide: 0.3% French, Greater Adelaide: 0.2% Persian/Dari, Greater Adelaide: 0.9% Mandarin, City of Unley: 3.6% Greek, City of Unley: 3.5% Italian, City of Unley: 1.9% Cantonese, City of Unley: 0.9% Hindi, City of Unley: 0.6% German, City of Unley: 0.6% Spanish, City of Unley: 0.5% Korean, City of Unley: 0.5% French, City of Unley: 0.4% Persian/Dari, City of Unley: 0.4%
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 Mandarin, City of Unley: +495 Greek, City of Unley: -196 Italian, City of Unley: -67 Cantonese, City of Unley: +58 Hindi, City of Unley: +66 German, City of Unley: -5 Spanish, City of Unley: +8 Korean, City of Unley: +2 French, City of Unley: +52 Persian/Dari, City of Unley: -2
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 the City of Unley in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a larger proportion of people who spoke English only, and a similar proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 76.1% of the population spoke English only, and 19.4% spoke a non-English language, compared with 75.4% and 19.7% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of Unley was Mandarin, with 3.6% of the population, or 1,357 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the City of Unley and Greater Adelaide in 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (3.5% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (3.6% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (0.4% compared to 1.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 890 or 13.9%, and the number of people who spoke English only decreased by 150 or 0.5%.

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

  • Mandarin (+495 persons)
  • Greek (-196 persons)
  • Italian (-67 persons)
  • Punjabi (+67 persons)

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