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Language - African Languages
Household income

In New South Wales, 15.2% of people who speak African Languages live in households which had an income of $2,500 or more per week.

Households form the common economic in our society. Household Income is one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such Educational Qualifications and Occupation it helps to reveal the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of the non-English speaking communities across New South Wales.

Income for the non-English speaking population may be lower or higher than the wider population. Generally, communities with many recent migrants, particularly students and refugees, may have lower incomes. On the other hand, some non-English speaking communities are older and more established. These may have rapidly increasing incomes among non-English speaking communities.

Derived from the Census questions:

  • 'What is the total of all wages/salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and other income the person usually receives?'
  • 'Does the person speak a language other than English at home?'

  • People who speak African Languages living in private dwellings
Weekly household income
Language - African Languages2011
Weekly incomeNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW population
Negative/ Nil Income1811.31.1
$1-$2995864.12.8
$300-$5991,4089.810.6
$600-$9992,18415.214.2
$1,000-$1,2491,2949.07.6
$1,250-$1,4999786.87.3
$1,500-$1,9991,54510.812.3
$2,000-$2,4991,2108.49.7
$2,500-$3,4991,53910.715.3
$3,500 or more6324.48.7
One or more incomes not stated2,76819.310.4

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Weekly household income, 2011
Weekly household income, 2011 $3,500 or more, Total New South Wales population: 8.7% $2,500-$3,499, Total New South Wales population: 15.3% $2,000-$2,499, Total New South Wales population: 9.7% $1,500-$1,999, Total New South Wales population: 12.3% $1,250-$1,499, Total New South Wales population: 7.3% $1,000-$1,249, Total New South Wales population: 7.6% $600-$999, Total New South Wales population: 14.2% $300-$599, Total New South Wales population: 10.6% $1-$299, Total New South Wales population: 2.8% Negative/ Nil Income, Total New South Wales population: 1.1% $3,500 or more, Language - African Languages: 4.4% $2,500-$3,499, Language - African Languages: 10.7% $2,000-$2,499, Language - African Languages: 8.4% $1,500-$1,999, Language - African Languages: 10.8% $1,250-$1,499, Language - African Languages: 6.8% $1,000-$1,249, Language - African Languages: 9.0% $600-$999, Language - African Languages: 15.2% $300-$599, Language - African Languages: 9.8% $1-$299, Language - African Languages: 4.1% Negative/ Nil Income, Language - African Languages: 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of household income levels of the New South Wales African Languages speaking households compared to the total households shows that in 2011 there was a smaller proportion of African Languages speaking people were living in high income households (those earning $2,500 per week or more) and a lower proportion of low income households (those earning less than $600 per week).

Overall, 15.2% of the African Languages speaking population were in high income households and 76.3% were low income households, compared with 24.0% and 81.0% respectively for the the New South Wales total population.

In NSW, the major differences between household income of African Languages speaking population compared to the total population were:

  • A larger percentage of people in households who earned One or more incomes not stated (19.3% compared to 10.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people in households who earned $1,000-$1,249 (9.0% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households who earned $2,500-$3,499 (10.7% compared to 15.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households who earned $1,500-$1,999 (10.8% compared to 12.3%)