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Language spoken at home

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

In the City of Yarra, 22% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

The City of Yarra'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 Yarra'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 Yarra - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese3,3743.92.33,3284.52.1+46
map this data in atlas.idGreek2,2832.62.42,5643.52.8-281
map this data in atlas.idMandarin1,9092.24.11,1571.62.5+752
map this data in atlas.idItalian1,5671.82.31,7042.32.8-137
map this data in atlas.idCantonese1,1751.41.71,1921.61.8-17
Spanish
8821.00.85360.70.7+346
map this data in atlas.idArabic6890.81.75870.81.6+102
French
6280.70.44190.60.4+209
German
4210.50.43730.50.4+48
Somali
4080.50.22930.40.1+115
map this data in atlas.idHakka3750.40.14380.60.1-63
Japanese
2750.30.22370.30.2+38
Thai
2690.30.21990.30.2+70
Oromo
2580.30.01420.20.0+116
Turkish
2370.30.72580.30.8-21
Dinka
2270.30.12270.30.10
Croatian
1850.20.42120.30.5-27
Hindi
1800.21.11500.20.8+30
Filipino/Tagalog
1800.20.81340.20.7+46
Indonesian
1790.20.41240.20.3+55
Portuguese
1750.20.2730.10.1+102
Persian/Dari
1650.20.81150.20.4+50
Macedonian
1640.20.61860.30.7-22
Serbian
1640.20.42020.30.4-38
Dutch
1530.20.11030.10.2+50
Korean
1460.20.3790.10.3+67
Polish
1390.20.31400.20.4-1
Russian
1390.20.4850.10.4+54
Amharic
1350.20.1850.10.1+50
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
1010.10.1890.10.1+12
Tigrinya
980.10.0580.10.0+40
Non-verbal so described
940.10.2780.10.1+16
Tamil
920.10.6600.10.4+32
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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 Yarra - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only59,56968.762.051,36969.366.4+8,200
Non-English total19,31622.332.317,27323.329.0+2,043
Not stated7,7639.05.65,4507.44.6+2,313

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 Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.4% Mandarin, Greater Melbourne: 4.1% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Cantonese, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Spanish, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Arabic, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% French, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% German, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Somali, Greater Melbourne: 0.2% Vietnamese, City of Yarra: 3.9% Greek, City of Yarra: 2.6% Mandarin, City of Yarra: 2.2% Italian, City of Yarra: 1.8% Cantonese, City of Yarra: 1.4% Spanish, City of Yarra: 1.0% Arabic, City of Yarra: 0.8% French, City of Yarra: 0.7% German, City of Yarra: 0.5% Somali, City of Yarra: 0.5%
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 Vietnamese, City of Yarra: +46 Greek, City of Yarra: -281 Mandarin, City of Yarra: +752 Italian, City of Yarra: -137 Cantonese, City of Yarra: -17 Spanish, City of Yarra: +346 Arabic, City of Yarra: +102 French, City of Yarra: +209 German, City of Yarra: +48 Somali, City of Yarra: +115
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 City of Yarra in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 68.7% of the population spoke English only, and 22.3% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.0% and 32.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of Yarra was Vietnamese, with 3.9% of the population, or 3,374 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the City of Yarra and Greater Melbourne in 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (3.9% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (2.2% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 2,043 or 11.8%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 8,200 or 16.0%.

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

  • Mandarin (+752 persons)
  • Spanish (+346 persons)
  • Greek (-281 persons)
  • French (+209 persons)

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