South Australia's diversity 

2011 Census Data Summary

Statistics from the 2011 Census show that about 350,000 South Australians were born overseas and about 220,000 speak a language other than English at home.

South Australians come from about 200 countries, speak more than 200 languages (including Aboriginal languages) and believe in about 100 religions.

Migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds make up nearly 13 percent of South Australia's population. When the children of migrants are added, this figure rises to nearly 25 percent.

The main source countries (of the current population) are England, Italy, India, China, Scotland, New Zealand, Vietnam, Germany and Greece.

The main languages other than English spoken at home in Australia are Italian, Greek, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Arabic, German, Polish, Spanish, Punjabi and Hindi.

The largest religions in South Australia are Christian, with 914,359 (nearly 60 percent) nominating Christianity as their religion, Buddhism (28,996), Islam (19,511), Hinduism (13,618), Sikhism (5290), Baha'i (1,523), Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions (1,122) and Judaism (1,088).

The top ancestries claimed by South Australian residents are English, Australian, Scottish, German, Irish, Italian, Greek, Chinese, Dutch, Indian, Polish, Vietnamese, Filipino and Welsh.

2013-2014 Migration Data Summary

Between January 2013 and June 2014, a total of 2,174 Humanitarian entrants arrived in South Australia. They came from Afghanistan (751), Bhutan (223), Iran (203), Myanmar/Burma (172), Nepal (164), Pakistan (129), Democratic Republic of Congo (110) and several other African, Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

Between January 2013 and June 2014, a total of 6,993 Skilled migrants arrived in South Australia, mainly from India (1938), Peoples Republic of China (1696), Philippines (304), Australia (301), Malaysia (270), Republic of Korea (229), United Kingdom (228) and Vietnam (212).

Between January 2013 and June 2014, a total of 8,077 Family stream migrants arrived in South Australia, mainly from People's Republic of China (1081), India (878), Philippines (656), Vietnam (592), Afghanistan (566), United Kingdom (511), Thailand (254) and USA (245).

The top 10 birthplaces of new arrivals in 2011 were China (750), India (709), England (659), Malaysia (463), New Zealand (335), Philippines (301), Afghanistan (295), Korea (201) South Africa (199) and Indonesia (176).

Tables showing snapshots of the 2011 Census data (PDF 26.6 KB)