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Top 10 languages spoken in NSW

Between the 2016 and 2021 ABS census we have seen a very large increase in multicultural immigration in Australia. This has led to over 1.4m Australians in NSW speaking a top 10 language other than English. The largest increases have come from Nepali speakers and Indian language speakers increasing by 49% and 25% respectively. The most frequently spoken languages are Chinese languages, Arabic and Indian languages.

Source: ABS Census 2021

Rank Language 2021 % Change from 2016
1 Chinese Languages 419,628 9%
2 Arabic 227,243 12%
3 Indian Languages 133,511 25%
4 Vietnamese 117,907 13%
5 Filipino 82,469 16%
6 Greek 78,691 -4%
7 Spanish 71,868 12%
8 Nepali 68,148 49%
9 Italian 64,039 -18%
10 Korean 62,319 4%