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Language spoken at home

In the City of Whittlesea, 43% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

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.

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)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idMacedonian10,4756.80.710,3648.30.8+111
map this data in atlas.idItalian10,3726.72.810,7858.73.3-413
map this data in atlas.idGreek7,2624.72.87,1505.73.1+112
map this data in atlas.idArabic7,0644.61.65,1824.21.5+1,882
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese3,9922.62.13,1332.51.9+859
Punjabi
2,9421.90.78840.70.2+2,058
Mandarin
2,1541.42.59220.71.7+1,232
Turkish
1,7731.10.81,5281.20.8+245
Hindi
1,6471.10.87610.60.5+886
Tamil
1,4150.90.48060.60.3+609
Cantonese
1,3360.91.81,1510.91.8+185
Filipino/Tagalog
1,3250.90.78650.70.6+460
Sinhalese
1,1180.70.75970.50.5+521
Maltese
9430.60.49440.80.5-1
Croatian
8710.60.58650.70.5+6
Serbian
7880.50.46820.50.4+106
Spanish
7180.50.75210.40.6+197
Malayalam
6780.40.21500.10.1+528
Assyrian/Aramaic
6440.40.23520.30.2+292
Albanian
5620.40.24160.30.1+146
Urdu
4480.30.32360.20.1+212
Samoan
4450.30.24980.40.1-53
Persian/Dari
4440.30.42140.20.2+230
Hakka
4320.30.14170.30.1+15
Khmer
4140.30.33180.30.3+96
Portuguese
3130.20.13070.20.1+6
Somali
2680.20.11510.10.1+117
Indonesian
2620.20.31280.10.3+134
Polish
2490.20.42350.20.4+14
French
2370.20.41710.10.3+66
German
2370.20.41750.10.4+62
Kurdish
2370.20.01490.10.0+88
Non-verbal so described
2300.10.12320.20.2-2
Bosnian
1980.10.11780.10.2+20
Bengali
1860.10.2490.00.1+137
Gujarati
1720.10.2320.00.1+140
Pashto
1670.10.11000.10.0+67
Thai
1600.10.2520.00.1+108
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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)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only82,65953.466.465,96752.968.5+16,692
Non-English total66,15142.729.053,60743.026.0+12,544
Not stated6,0673.94.65,0734.15.6+994

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 Macedonian, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.8% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.8% Arabic, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.1% Punjabi, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Mandarin, Greater Melbourne: 2.5% Turkish, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Hindi, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Tamil, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Macedonian, City of Whittlesea: 6.8% Italian, City of Whittlesea: 6.7% Greek, City of Whittlesea: 4.7% Arabic, City of Whittlesea: 4.6% Vietnamese, City of Whittlesea: 2.6% Punjabi, City of Whittlesea: 1.9% Mandarin, City of Whittlesea: 1.4% Turkish, City of Whittlesea: 1.1% Hindi, City of Whittlesea: 1.1% Tamil, City of Whittlesea: 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 Macedonian, City of Whittlesea: +111 Italian, City of Whittlesea: -413 Greek, City of Whittlesea: +112 Arabic, City of Whittlesea: +1,882 Vietnamese, City of Whittlesea: +859 Punjabi, City of Whittlesea: +2,058 Mandarin, City of Whittlesea: +1,232 Turkish, City of Whittlesea: +245 Hindi, City of Whittlesea: +886 Tamil, City of Whittlesea: +609
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 Whittlesea in 2011 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, 53.4% of the population spoke English only, and 42.7% spoke a non-English language, compared with 66.4% and 29.0% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of Whittlesea was Macedonian, with 6.8% of the population, or 10,475 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 2011 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Macedonian at home (6.8% compared to 0.7%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Italian at home (6.7% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (4.6% compared to 1.6%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Greek at home (4.7% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 12,544 or 23.4%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 16,692 or 25.3%.

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

  • Punjabi (+2,058 persons)
  • Arabic (+1,882 persons)
  • Mandarin (+1,232 persons)
  • Hindi (+886 persons)

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