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Language spoken at home

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In the City of West Torrens, 31% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

The City of West Torrens'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 West Torrens'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 West Torrens - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idGreek3,6656.31.74,1027.51.9-437
Mandarin
2,0763.62.11,4932.71.3+583
map this data in atlas.idItalian1,8723.22.12,2174.02.6-345
Punjabi
1,1051.90.75551.00.3+550
Hindi
7781.30.54420.80.3+336
Cantonese
7131.20.76811.20.7+32
Arabic
6151.10.75811.10.6+34
Filipino/Tagalog
5120.90.63840.70.5+128
Nepali
4350.80.31130.20.1+322
Vietnamese
3970.71.43240.61.3+73
Persian/Dari
3530.60.93410.60.4+12
Spanish
3040.50.42380.40.4+66
Bengali
2580.40.21590.30.1+99
Urdu
2570.40.21320.20.1+125
Malayalam
2540.40.31670.30.2+87
Gujarati
2470.40.32110.40.2+36
Polish
2130.40.42610.50.5-48
Serbian
1880.30.31970.40.3-9
Indonesian
1600.30.11110.20.1+49
German
1580.30.41870.30.5-29
Korean
1580.30.31710.30.2-13
Tamil
1460.30.2900.20.1+56
Japanese
1320.20.21060.20.1+26
Non-verbal so described
1320.20.2740.10.1+58
Thai
1290.20.11020.20.1+27
French
1270.20.21050.20.2+22
Croatian
1220.20.21400.30.3-18
Khmer
1120.20.31080.20.3+4
Chinese, nfd
1110.20.11590.30.1-48
Telugu
1080.20.1460.10.1+62
Bosnian
1050.20.11090.20.1-4
Portuguese
1040.20.1580.10.1+46
Russian
980.20.21040.20.2-6
Sinhalese
980.20.2840.20.1+14
Malay
950.20.11210.20.1-26
Amharic
820.10.0560.10.0+26
Maltese
700.10.1650.10.1+5
Swahili
700.10.1500.10.1+20
Dutch
630.10.2620.10.2+1
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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 West Torrens - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
37,24064.375.436,73666.878.9+504
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total17,85630.819.715,99629.117.2+1,860
Not stated
2,8174.94.92,2294.13.9+588

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 Greek, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Mandarin, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Italian, Greater Adelaide: 2.1% Punjabi, Greater Adelaide: 0.7% Hindi, Greater Adelaide: 0.5% Cantonese, Greater Adelaide: 0.7% Arabic, Greater Adelaide: 0.7% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Adelaide: 0.6% Nepali, Greater Adelaide: 0.3% Vietnamese, Greater Adelaide: 1.4% Greek, City of West Torrens: 6.3% Mandarin, City of West Torrens: 3.6% Italian, City of West Torrens: 3.2% Punjabi, City of West Torrens: 1.9% Hindi, City of West Torrens: 1.3% Cantonese, City of West Torrens: 1.2% Arabic, City of West Torrens: 1.1% Filipino/Tagalog, City of West Torrens: 0.9% Nepali, City of West Torrens: 0.8% Vietnamese, City of West Torrens: 0.7%
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 Greek, City of West Torrens: -437 Mandarin, City of West Torrens: +583 Italian, City of West Torrens: -345 Punjabi, City of West Torrens: +550 Hindi, City of West Torrens: +336 Cantonese, City of West Torrens: +32 Arabic, City of West Torrens: +34 Filipino/Tagalog, City of West Torrens: +128 Nepali, City of West Torrens: +322 Vietnamese, City of West Torrens: +73
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 West Torrens in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide 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, 64.3% of the population spoke English only, and 30.8% 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 West Torrens was Greek, with 6.3% of the population, or 3,665 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (6.3% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (3.6% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Punjabi at home (1.9% compared to 0.7%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Italian at home (3.2% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 1,860 or 11.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 504 or 1.4%.

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

  • Mandarin (+583 persons)
  • Punjabi (+550 persons)
  • Greek (-437 persons)
  • Italian (-345 persons)

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