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Language spoken at home

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In the City of Whittlesea, 44% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

The City of Whittlesea'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 Whittlesea'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 Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idMacedonian10,1205.10.610,4756.80.7-355
map this data in atlas.idArabic9,9075.01.77,0644.61.6+2,843
map this data in atlas.idItalian9,8245.02.310,3726.72.8-548
map this data in atlas.idGreek7,2973.72.47,2624.72.8+35
Punjabi
6,3693.21.22,9421.90.7+3,427
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese4,6892.42.33,9922.62.1+697
Mandarin
4,5742.34.12,1541.42.5+2,420
Hindi
3,4981.81.11,6471.10.8+1,851
Tamil
2,1541.10.61,4150.90.4+739
Filipino/Tagalog
1,9751.00.81,3250.90.7+650
Sinhalese
1,9661.00.81,1180.70.7+848
Turkish
1,7560.90.71,7731.10.8-17
Cantonese
1,5890.81.71,3360.91.8+253
Malayalam
1,5630.80.36780.40.2+885
Persian/Dari
1,5180.80.84440.30.4+1,074
Urdu
1,1620.60.54480.30.3+714
Maltese
9090.50.49430.60.4-34
Spanish
9060.50.87180.50.7+188
Assyrian/Aramaic
8960.50.36440.40.2+252
Croatian
8430.40.48710.60.5-28
Samoan
8250.40.24450.30.2+380
Gujarati
7940.40.31720.10.2+622
Serbian
7840.40.47880.50.4-4
Albanian
6550.30.15620.40.2+93
Nepali
5440.30.2530.00.1+491
Somali
5250.30.22680.20.1+257
Kurdish
5090.30.02370.20.0+272
Non-verbal so described
4860.20.22300.10.1+256
Khmer
4410.20.34140.30.3+27
Hakka
4260.20.14320.30.1-6
Indonesian
4030.20.42620.20.3+141
Bengali
3910.20.21860.10.2+205
Portuguese
3820.20.23130.20.1+69
Telugu
3510.20.31310.10.2+220
Thai
3130.20.21600.10.2+153
Shona
3020.20.0750.00.0+227
French
2990.20.42370.20.4+62
Pashto
2550.10.11670.10.1+88
Polish
2460.10.32490.20.4-3
Korean
2420.10.31010.10.3+141
German
2410.10.42370.20.4+4
Malay
2230.10.11300.10.1+93
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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 Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
100,99251.162.082,65953.466.4+18,333
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total87,01944.132.366,15142.729.0+20,868
Not stated
9,5194.85.66,0673.94.6+3,452

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 Macedonian, Greater Melbourne: 0.6% Arabic, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.4% Punjabi, Greater Melbourne: 1.2% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Mandarin, Greater Melbourne: 4.1% Hindi, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Tamil, Greater Melbourne: 0.6% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Macedonian, City of Whittlesea: 5.1% Arabic, City of Whittlesea: 5.0% Italian, City of Whittlesea: 5.0% Greek, City of Whittlesea: 3.7% Punjabi, City of Whittlesea: 3.2% Vietnamese, City of Whittlesea: 2.4% Mandarin, City of Whittlesea: 2.3% Hindi, City of Whittlesea: 1.8% Tamil, City of Whittlesea: 1.1% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Whittlesea: 1.0%
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 Macedonian, City of Whittlesea: -355 Arabic, City of Whittlesea: +2,843 Italian, City of Whittlesea: -548 Greek, City of Whittlesea: +35 Punjabi, City of Whittlesea: +3,427 Vietnamese, City of Whittlesea: +697 Mandarin, City of Whittlesea: +2,420 Hindi, City of Whittlesea: +1,851 Tamil, City of Whittlesea: +739 Filipino/Tagalog, City of Whittlesea: +650
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 Whittlesea in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 51.1% of the population spoke English only, and 44.1% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.0% and 32.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of Whittlesea was Macedonian, with 5.1% of the population, or 10,120 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Macedonian at home (5.1% compared to 0.6%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (5.0% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Italian at home (5.0% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Punjabi at home (3.2% compared to 1.2%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 20,868 or 31.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 18,333 or 22.2%.

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

  • Punjabi (+3,427 persons)
  • Arabic (+2,843 persons)
  • Mandarin (+2,420 persons)
  • Hindi (+1,851 persons)

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