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Demographic Information

New South Wales

The population of New South Wales is highly diverse.

According to the 2011 Census 2,170,287 or 31.4% of the population of NSW was born overseas. 

Download TMHC's Demographic Fact Sheet about the people of NSW here.

Top countries of birth in NSW

 

Top languages spoken in NSW

 Country

 Population

 

 Language

 Population

 United
 Kingdom

 274,823 

 Arabic

184,252 

 China

 156,034 

 Mandarin

  139,825 

 New Zealand

 114,233 

 Cantonese

 136,374 

 India

 95,386 

 Vietnamese

 87,501 

 Vietnam

 71,840 

 Greek

86,601 

 Philippines

 70,387 

 Italian

 83,174 

 Lebanon

 56,295 

 Spanish

 55,627 

 Italy

 51,623 

 Hindi

 52,782 

 Korea,
 Republic
 of (South)

41,818 

 Korean

 47,420 

 South Africa

 40,246 

 Tagalog

 37,117 

 Australia

 4,747,371 

 English

 5,013,343 

 Total
 Population

 6,917,658 

 Total
 Population

 6,917,658 

 

Top countries of birth, Humanitarian Entrants to NSW Jan 1991-Jan 2012

 

Top countries of birth, All migration streams to NSW Jan 1991 - Jan 2012

Country  

Population

 

Country

Population

 Iraq

24,331 

 China

 139,144 

 China

 13,681 

 India

  79,949 

 Former
 Yugoslavia

7,287 

 United
 Kingdom

 55,127 

 Afghanistan

7,106 

 Philippines

 43,428 

 Sudan

 7,013 

 Hong Kong

 36,627 

 Iran

5,393 

 England

 31,148 

 Bosnia-
 Herzegovina

4,491 

 South Africa
 Republic

 30,471 

 Vietnam

3,702 

 Vietnam

 29,955 

 Sri Lanka

3,459 

 Iraq

 29,559 

 Croatia

3,301 

 Republic of
 Korea

 27,179 

Total

79,764  

Total

919,114 


Australia

Australia's population as a whole is also highly diverse.  In 2011, the Census revealed that over a quarter (26%) of Australia's population was born overseas and a further one fifth (20%) had at least one overseas-born parent.

Top countries of birth in Australia

 

Top languages spoken in Australia

 Country 

 Population

 

 Language

 Population

 United
 Kingdom  

1,101,082 

 Mandarin

 336,410 

 New Zealand

 483,397 

 Italian

299,833 

 China (excl 
 Hong Kong, 
 Macau and
 Taiwan)

318,969 

 Arabic

 287,178 

 India

295,362 

 Cantonese

 263,675 

 Italy

185,403 

 Greek

 252,217 

 Vietnam

 185,036 

 Vietnamese

 233,388 

 Philippines

171,233 

 Spanish

 117,497 

 South Africa

 145,682 

 Hindi

 111,352 

 Malaysia

 116,195 

 Tagalog

 81,456 

 Germany

108,001 

 German

 80,370 

 Australia

 15,017,845 

 English only

 16,509,290 

 Total
 Population

21,507,719 

 Total
 Population

21,507,719 

 

Top countries of birth, Humanitarian Entrants to Australia
Jan 1991-Jan 2012

 

 Top countries of birth, All migration streams to Australia
Jan 1991 - Jan 2012

Country 

Population

 

Country

Population

 Iraq

41,104 

 China

278,675 

 Sudan

   26,560 

 India

225,516 

 Afghanistan

23,450 

 United
 Kingdom

221,281 

 Former
 Yugoslavia

21,583 

 Philippines

 111,868 

 China

21,288 

 South Africa

 110,214 

 Bosnia-
 Herzegovina

15,094 

 England

 108,131 

 Burma

12,456 

 Vietnam

80,528 

 Iran

12,243 

 Hong Kong

65,564 

 Vietnam

10,664 

 Malaysia

63,732 

 Croatia

7,794 

 Indonesia

59,420 

 Total

 281,793 

 Total

2,443,271 

Further Information

Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care NSW (PICAC NSW)
This page provides Customised Report Data on the 70+ Population in NSW and ACT based on 2011 Census. 
  

References

1.       Census statistics presented here are based on Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Census of Population and Housing 2011. Available at:  http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/data?opendocument#from-banner=LN <Last viewed 25 June 2012> 
Note: 2011 Census Statistics for Country of Birth and Language Spoken at Home exclude 'Not stated'.

2.       Information on Humanitarian entrants was drawn from the Settlement Reporting Facility. The Settlement Reporting Facility uses the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's settlement database to provide statistical data on permanent arrivals to Australia since January 1991. For more information on the Settlement Reporting Facility, visit: http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/delivering-assistance/settlement-reporting-facility/


 

Last Updated: 31 Mar 2016

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