In 2016, 25.1% of people from NSW spoke a language other than English at home.

New South Wales is Australia’s 2nd most linguistically diverse state, behind arch-rivals Victoria. Pipped to the post again it seems!

Nevertheless, NSW is beautifully rich in culture; a truly marvellous state enriched by overseas migration. Over 300 different languages are spoken in NSW which is quite an impressive feat.

So, what are the top 10 languages spoken in NSW?

Top 10 Languages Spoken in New South Wales

According to the 2016 Census, the Top 10 Languages Spoken in New South Wales are:

  1. Mandarin
  2. Arabic
  3. Cantonese
  4. Vietnamese
  5. Greek
  6. Italian
  7. Tagalog/Filipino
  8. Hindi
  9. Spanish
  10. Korean

Now let’s compare the 2016 Census data with the 2011 Census. Here are New South Wales‘ Top 10 Languages Spoken at home, excluding English:

Top 10 Languages Spoken in NSW (excluding English)

# Languages 2016 2011
1 Mandarin 239,945 139,768
2 Arabic 200,825 184,271
3 Cantonese 143,333 136,367
4 Vietnamese 102,896 87,500
5 Greek 81,683 86,563
6 Italian 75,694 83,201
7 Tagalog 69,341 58,267
8 Hindi 67,034 52,830
9 Spanish 63,527 55,600
10 Korean 59,912 47,488

 

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