Dropping Numbers for Greeks in Australia According to 2016 Census

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
Last Update: 23:23

Data from the Australian population census of 2016 show that fewer people speak Greek than at the last census of 2011.

According to the data, 237,000 people spoke Greek at home, while in 2011 252,000 people responded positively to this question.

1.8% of the total Australian population responded that it has a Greek background, a figure that corresponds to 421,000 people.

The encouraging evidence from the data is that the Greek-Australian community has the highest proportion of those who speak their parents’ language, compared with Australian children of other non-English speaking communities.

Greek is the 6th most spoken language, excluding English.

The total number of Greek-speakers is 237,588 and is distributed as follows to the Australian States and Regions:

Victoria: 110,707

NSW : 81,683

South Australia: 22,993

Queensland: 10,538

Western Australia: 4,790

Northern Territory: 3,245

Australian Capital Region: 2,436

Tasmania: 1,191

Of the 237,588 people, 122,794 were women and 114,794 men. The number of those born in Greece was 93,743. By State:

Victoria: 47,240

NSW: 29,481

South Australia: 8,682

Queensland: 3,298

Western Australia: 2,307

Northern Territory: 1,268

Australian Capital Area: 981

Tasmania : 480

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