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Language spoken at home

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In Wollondilly Shire, 6% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

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.

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
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idItalian3610.71.33490.81.6+12
map this data in atlas.idArabic2820.64.01950.54.1+87
Spanish
2010.41.2940.21.1+107
Maltese
1920.40.21800.40.3+12
Greek
1600.31.61470.31.8+13
Croatian
1560.30.41190.30.5+37
Mandarin
1140.24.7580.13.0+56
German
1010.20.31240.30.4-23
Cantonese
840.22.9540.13.0+30
Serbian
740.20.4690.20.4+5
Filipino/Tagalog
570.11.3430.11.2+14
Dutch
550.10.1630.10.1-8
Afrikaans
540.10.1160.00.1+38
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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)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
43,22989.158.439,45691.262.3+3,773
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total2,7455.735.82,2265.132.4+519
Not stated
2,5225.25.81,5773.65.3+945

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 Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Maltese, Greater Sydney: 0.2% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Croatian, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 4.7% German, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Serbian, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Italian, Wollondilly Shire: 0.7% Arabic, Wollondilly Shire: 0.6% Spanish, Wollondilly Shire: 0.4% Maltese, Wollondilly Shire: 0.4% Greek, Wollondilly Shire: 0.3% Croatian, Wollondilly Shire: 0.3% Mandarin, Wollondilly Shire: 0.2% German, Wollondilly Shire: 0.2% Cantonese, Wollondilly Shire: 0.2% Serbian, Wollondilly Shire: 0.2%
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 Italian, Wollondilly Shire: +12 Arabic, Wollondilly Shire: +87 Spanish, Wollondilly Shire: +107 Maltese, Wollondilly Shire: +12 Greek, Wollondilly Shire: +13 Croatian, Wollondilly Shire: +37 Mandarin, Wollondilly Shire: +56 German, Wollondilly Shire: -23 Cantonese, Wollondilly Shire: +30 Serbian, Wollondilly Shire: +5
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 Wollondilly Shire in 2016 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, 89.1% of the population spoke English only, and 5.7% spoke a non-English language, compared with 58.4% and 35.8% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Wollondilly Shire was Italian, with 0.7% of the population, or 361 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 2016 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (0.2% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (0.6% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (0.2% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Greek at home (0.3% compared to 1.6%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 519 or 23.3%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 3,773 or 9.6%.

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

  • Spanish (+107 persons)
  • Arabic (+87 persons)
  • Mandarin (+56 persons)

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