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WSROC Region

Language spoken at home

In the WSROC Region, 45% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The WSROC Region'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 WSROC Region'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
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Arabic138,8688.24.1123,3947.83.9+15,474
Vietnamese71,6664.21.961,9573.91.8+9,710
Cantonese52,7303.13.050,7563.23.0+1,975
Mandarin45,6552.73.035,4992.32.3+10,156
Filipino/Tagalog34,8822.11.229,4091.91.1+5,473
Hindi33,4962.01.224,5201.60.9+8,976
Greek31,2981.81.831,3672.01.9-69
Italian26,6471.61.629,1381.91.7-2,492
Spanish23,1241.41.123,0851.51.1+39
Assyrian/Aramaic19,5141.20.514,8210.90.4+4,692
Korean17,2411.01.113,6120.90.9+3,628
Turkish15,1800.90.514,1680.90.5+1,013
Punjabi13,7360.80.45,9470.40.2+7,789
Persian/Dari13,4610.80.59,6840.60.4+3,777
Tamil13,0390.80.59,0040.60.4+4,035
Urdu12,7050.80.47,1890.50.2+5,516
Serbian12,4820.70.412,4920.80.4-9
Croatian11,1930.70.511,5240.70.5-331
Bengali10,6600.60.55,5410.40.3+5,118
Samoan9,7980.60.38,7450.60.3+1,052
Gujarati9,0400.50.32,9760.20.1+6,064
Khmer8,8930.50.27,7150.50.2+1,178
Maltese8,5900.50.39,4530.60.3-862
Macedonian8,1520.50.47,8320.50.5+319
Indonesian8,0410.50.55,5950.40.4+2,445
Polish5,7170.30.36,4700.40.3-753
Tongan5,7020.30.25,0030.30.2+698
Nepali5,4500.30.41,0200.10.1+4,430
Portuguese4,3700.30.34,2690.30.3+101
Sinhalese4,3360.30.23,0330.20.2+1,303
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)4,0390.20.13,5820.20.1+457
Telugu4,0000.20.21,9090.10.1+2,091
French3,7490.20.43,4160.20.3+332
German3,7060.20.43,9230.20.4-217
Lao3,6110.20.13,5820.20.1+30
Thai3,4000.20.32,3720.20.2+1,028
Non-verbal so described3,2390.20.13,2400.20.2-2
Russian3,1630.20.43,0110.20.3+153
Malayalam2,8770.20.11,1210.10.1+1,755
Chinese, nfd2,8040.20.21,8950.10.1+909
Bosnian2,5830.20.12,4060.20.1+176
Burmese2,4230.10.11,7710.10.1+652
Marathi2,2560.10.11,0760.10.1+1,180
Hungarian2,0750.10.12,2860.10.2-211
Armenian2,0440.10.21,8540.10.2+190
Fijian2,0300.10.11,8690.10.1+161
Kurdish1,9140.10.01,6420.10.0+271
Dinka1,7050.10.01,4770.10.0+228
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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
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only844,83649.962.3830,29452.864.0+14,542
Non-English total759,54644.932.4646,90441.129.2+112,642
Not stated88,3785.25.395,2196.16.8-6,840

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 Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Hindi, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Assyrian/Aramaic, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Arabic, WSROC Region: 8.2% Vietnamese, WSROC Region: 4.2% Cantonese, WSROC Region: 3.1% Mandarin, WSROC Region: 2.7% Filipino/Tagalog, WSROC Region: 2.1% Hindi, WSROC Region: 2.0% Greek, WSROC Region: 1.8% Italian, WSROC Region: 1.6% Spanish, WSROC Region: 1.4% Assyrian/Aramaic, WSROC Region: 1.2%
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 Arabic, WSROC Region: +15,474 Vietnamese, WSROC Region: +9,710 Cantonese, WSROC Region: +1,975 Mandarin, WSROC Region: +10,156 Filipino/Tagalog, WSROC Region: +5,473 Hindi, WSROC Region: +8,976 Greek, WSROC Region: -69 Italian, WSROC Region: -2,492 Spanish, WSROC Region: +39 Assyrian/Aramaic, WSROC Region: +4,692
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 WSROC Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 49.9% of the population spoke English only, and 44.9% 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 the WSROC Region was Arabic, with 8.2% of the population, or 138,868 people speaking this language at home.

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

  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (8.2% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (4.2% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 112,642 or 17.4%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 14,542 or 1.8%.

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

  • Arabic (+15,474 persons)
  • Mandarin (+10,156 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+9,710 persons)
  • Hindi (+8,976 persons)

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