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Language spoken at home

In the City of West Torrens, 29% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

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.

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)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idGreek4,1027.51.94,2578.22.1-155
map this data in atlas.idItalian2,2174.02.62,4554.72.9-238
Mandarin
1,4932.71.38821.70.7+611
Cantonese
6811.20.76151.20.7+66
Arabic
5811.10.63640.70.5+217
Punjabi
5551.00.3420.10.1+513
Hindi
4420.80.31160.20.2+326
Filipino/Tagalog
3840.70.52880.60.3+96
Persian/Dari
3410.60.42940.60.3+47
Vietnamese
3240.61.32650.51.2+59
Polish
2610.50.52800.50.6-19
Spanish
2380.40.41400.30.3+98
Gujarati
2110.40.2320.10.0+179
Serbian
1970.40.32270.40.4-30
Indo-Aryan, nfd
1900.30.180.00.0+182
German
1870.30.52150.40.6-28
Korean
1710.30.21110.20.1+60
Malayalam
1670.30.2390.10.0+128
Bengali
1590.30.1390.10.0+120
Chinese, nfd
1590.30.1940.20.1+65
Croatian
1400.30.31560.30.3-16
Urdu
1320.20.1690.10.0+63
Malay
1210.20.1280.10.0+93
Nepali
1130.20.140.00.0+109
Indonesian
1110.20.1590.10.1+52
Bosnian
1090.20.11500.30.1-41
Khmer
1080.20.31090.20.3-1
Japanese
1060.20.1800.20.1+26
French
1050.20.2750.10.1+30
Russian
1040.20.2820.20.2+22
Thai
1020.20.1550.10.1+47
Tamil
900.20.1690.10.1+21
Sinhalese
840.20.1170.00.1+67
Non-verbal so described
740.10.1720.10.1+2
Maltese
650.10.1840.20.1-19
Dutch
620.10.2720.10.2-10
Portuguese
580.10.1400.10.1+18
Amharic
560.10.0950.20.0-39
Dinka
560.10.11180.20.1-62
Hungarian
560.10.1760.10.1-20
Romanian
560.10.1510.10.1+5
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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)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only36,73666.878.836,55370.181.0+183
Non-English total15,99629.117.213,33325.614.7+2,663
Not stated2,2294.13.92,2764.44.3-47

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 Greek, Greater Adelaide: 1.9% Italian, Greater Adelaide: 2.6% Mandarin, Greater Adelaide: 1.3% Cantonese, Greater Adelaide: 0.7% Arabic, Greater Adelaide: 0.6% Punjabi, Greater Adelaide: 0.3% Hindi, Greater Adelaide: 0.3% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Adelaide: 0.5% Persian/Dari, Greater Adelaide: 0.4% Vietnamese, Greater Adelaide: 1.3% Greek, City of West Torrens: 7.5% Italian, City of West Torrens: 4.0% Mandarin, City of West Torrens: 2.7% Cantonese, City of West Torrens: 1.2% Arabic, City of West Torrens: 1.1% Punjabi, City of West Torrens: 1.0% Hindi, City of West Torrens: 0.8% Filipino/Tagalog, City of West Torrens: 0.7% Persian/Dari, City of West Torrens: 0.6% Vietnamese, City of West Torrens: 0.6%
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 Greek, City of West Torrens: -155 Italian, City of West Torrens: -238 Mandarin, City of West Torrens: +611 Cantonese, City of West Torrens: +66 Arabic, City of West Torrens: +217 Punjabi, City of West Torrens: +513 Hindi, City of West Torrens: +326 Filipino/Tagalog, City of West Torrens: +96 Persian/Dari, City of West Torrens: +47 Vietnamese, City of West Torrens: +59
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 City of West Torrens in 2011 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, 66.8% of the population spoke English only, and 29.1% spoke a non-English language, compared with 78.8% and 17.2% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of West Torrens was Greek, with 7.5% of the population, or 4,102 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 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (7.5% compared to 1.9%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Italian at home (4.0% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Mandarin at home (2.7% compared to 1.3%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 2,663 or 20.0%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 183 or 0.5%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the City of West Torrens between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+611 persons)
  • Punjabi (+513 persons)
  • Hindi (+326 persons)
  • Italian (-238 persons)

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