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Wollondilly Shire

Language spoken at home

In Wollondilly Shire, 5% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

Wollondilly Shire'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.

Wollondilly Shire'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
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idItalian3490.81.63390.81.7+10
map this data in atlas.idArabic1950.54.12100.53.9-15
Maltese
1800.40.31810.40.3-1
Greek
1470.31.81110.31.9+36
German
1240.30.41110.30.4+13
Croatian
1190.30.5970.20.5+22
Spanish
940.21.1760.21.1+18
Estonian
750.20.0980.20.0-23
Serbian
690.20.4810.20.4-12
Dutch
630.10.1620.20.1+1
Mandarin
580.13.0380.12.3+20
Cantonese
540.13.0610.23.0-7
French
480.10.4330.10.3+15
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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
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only39,45691.262.336,58190.764.0+2,875
Non-English total2,2265.132.42,0565.129.2+170
Not stated1,5773.65.31,7064.26.8-129

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 Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Maltese, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.8% German, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Croatian, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Estonian, Greater Sydney: 0.0% Serbian, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Dutch, Greater Sydney: 0.1% Italian, Wollondilly Shire: 0.8% Arabic, Wollondilly Shire: 0.5% Maltese, Wollondilly Shire: 0.4% Greek, Wollondilly Shire: 0.3% German, Wollondilly Shire: 0.3% Croatian, Wollondilly Shire: 0.3% Spanish, Wollondilly Shire: 0.2% Estonian, Wollondilly Shire: 0.2% Serbian, Wollondilly Shire: 0.2% Dutch, Wollondilly Shire: 0.1%
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 Italian, Wollondilly Shire: +10 Arabic, Wollondilly Shire: -15 Maltese, Wollondilly Shire: -1 Greek, Wollondilly Shire: +36 German, Wollondilly Shire: +13 Croatian, Wollondilly Shire: +22 Spanish, Wollondilly Shire: +18 Estonian, Wollondilly Shire: -23 Serbian, Wollondilly Shire: -12 Dutch, Wollondilly Shire: +1
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 Wollondilly Shire in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a larger proportion of people who spoke English only, and a smaller proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 91.2% of the population spoke English only, and 5.1% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.3% and 32.4% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Wollondilly Shire was Italian, with 0.8% of the population, or 349 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of Wollondilly Shire and Greater Sydney in 2011 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (0.5% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (0.1% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (0.1% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Greek at home (0.3% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 170 or 8.3%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 2,875 or 7.9%.

There were no major differences in Wollondilly Shire between 2006 and 2011.

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