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Language spoken at home

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In the WSROC Region, 45% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

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.

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
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Arabic92,5866.14.082,0516.04.1+10,535
Vietnamese57,1973.82.149,9083.61.9+7,288
Mandarin51,7013.44.733,8112.53.0+17,890
Cantonese40,3192.72.939,3482.93.0+970
Hindi37,7802.51.330,7412.21.2+7,038
Filipino/Tagalog35,3662.31.331,9812.31.2+3,384
Assyrian/Aramaic27,1621.80.619,1751.40.5+7,987
Punjabi20,5381.40.612,7780.90.4+7,760
Persian/Dari20,4881.30.712,7910.90.5+7,697
Spanish20,0581.31.220,3071.51.1-249
Korean19,0661.31.213,0671.01.1+5,999
Tamil18,1571.20.612,5200.90.5+5,636
Italian16,8941.11.319,6831.41.6-2,789
Urdu15,1651.00.68,9660.70.4+6,199
Gujarati13,5090.90.48,7230.60.3+4,786
Turkish13,4070.90.413,9241.00.5-518
Serbian11,0410.70.411,7930.90.4-753
Greek10,6340.71.611,3220.81.8-688
Khmer9,6710.60.28,6720.60.2+999
Samoan9,6140.60.38,3410.60.3+1,273
Nepali9,4840.60.74,0030.30.4+5,481
Croatian9,0920.60.410,1440.70.5-1,053
Bengali7,8490.50.64,9420.40.5+2,907
Maltese7,5510.50.28,1510.60.3-601
Telugu6,9680.50.23,8270.30.2+3,140
Indonesian5,3890.40.64,5440.30.5+845
Malayalam5,3430.40.22,5740.20.1+2,769
Tongan5,2920.30.24,6140.30.2+678
Sinhalese4,7220.30.24,1070.30.2+615
Polish4,2250.30.34,8250.40.3-600
Macedonian4,2150.30.44,2910.30.4-76
Non-verbal so described4,0950.30.22,4920.20.1+1,603
Thai3,8670.30.42,7010.20.3+1,166
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)3,8170.30.13,6390.30.1+178
Lao3,5040.20.13,4970.30.1+7
French2,9710.20.42,8810.20.4+90
Marathi2,9400.20.12,0660.20.1+874
Russian2,8830.20.42,7530.20.4+129
German2,7710.20.33,1280.20.4-358
Burmese2,2750.10.11,9090.10.1+365
Portuguese2,1750.10.41,8850.10.3+290
Bosnian2,1040.10.12,2390.20.1-135
Armenian2,0730.10.21,9190.10.2+153
Kurdish2,0680.10.11,7810.10.0+287
Kannada1,9790.10.11,2840.10.0+695
Fijian1,7180.10.11,4050.10.1+313
Pashto1,6250.10.08760.10.0+749
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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)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only748,52349.358.4731,60553.362.3+16,917
Non-English total686,11745.135.8571,96141.732.4+114,156
Not stated85,1985.65.869,3865.15.3+15,811

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 Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Hindi, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Assyrian/Aramaic, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Punjabi, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Persian/Dari, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Arabic, WSROC Region: 6.1% Vietnamese, WSROC Region: 3.8% Mandarin, WSROC Region: 3.4% Cantonese, WSROC Region: 2.7% Hindi, WSROC Region: 2.5% Filipino/Tagalog, WSROC Region: 2.3% Assyrian/Aramaic, WSROC Region: 1.8% Punjabi, WSROC Region: 1.4% Persian/Dari, WSROC Region: 1.3% Spanish, WSROC Region: 1.3%
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 Arabic, WSROC Region: +10,535 Vietnamese, WSROC Region: +7,288 Mandarin, WSROC Region: +17,890 Cantonese, WSROC Region: +970 Hindi, WSROC Region: +7,038 Filipino/Tagalog, WSROC Region: +3,384 Assyrian/Aramaic, WSROC Region: +7,987 Punjabi, WSROC Region: +7,760 Persian/Dari, WSROC Region: +7,697 Spanish, WSROC Region: -249
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 WSROC Region in 2016 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, 49.3% of the population spoke English only, and 45.1% 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 the WSROC Region was Arabic, with 6.1% of the population, or 92,586 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 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Arabic at home (6.1% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (3.8% compared to 2.1%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Assyrian/Aramaic at home (1.8% compared to 0.6%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (3.4% compared to 4.7%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 114,156 or 20.0%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 16,918 or 2.3%.

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

  • Mandarin (+17,890 persons)
  • Arabic (+10,535 persons)
  • Assyrian/Aramaic (+7,987 persons)
  • Punjabi (+7,760 persons)

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