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Language - Cantonese

Language at a glance: Cantonese

  • In 2011 there were 136,371 people in New South Wales who spoke Cantonese.
  • There was a 5.2% increase in the number of people who spoke Cantonese since 2006 (from 129,603).
  • 8.9% of the population who spoke Cantonese arrived between 2006 and August 2011.
  • There were fewer men who spoke Cantonese (63,919) than women (72,451).
  • 20.6% of the population who spoke Cantonese were children (under 19 years of age), 35.2% were young adults (aged 20 to 44 years), and 44.2% were older adults (aged 45 years and over).

About language: Cantonese

Language - Top 10 NSW LGAs ranked by size
Language - Cantonese20112006Change
AreaNumberCantonese %NumberCantonese %2006 to 2011
Hurstville City8,80711.27,95010.8+856
Auburn City7,2989.96,85610.6+442
Burwood Council2,8618.82,6338.5+228
Kogarah City4,8508.74,1707.9+680
Strathfield Council2,8288.02,6948.4+134
Willoughby City5,0617.54,8337.6+228
Ryde City7,2887.16,8047.0+484
Canterbury City7,5325.57,6675.9-135
Hornsby Shire8,0795.27,7285.1+351
Parramatta City8,4025.07,3304.9+1,072
Greater Sydney132,1323.0125,1073.0+7,025
Regional NSW4,1410.24,3280.2-187
New South Wales136,3712.0129,6032.0+6,768

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.