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Published 24th May, 2018

NSW is Australia’s most culturally diverse state, and the most successful multicultural community on earth. 

More than 275 different languages are spoken and 144 religions are practised in NSW. Almost a third of NSW residents were born overseas, while 37 per cent had both parents born overseas. NSW's top five fastest-growing migrant groups are from Asia.

Top five languages spoken at home in NSW

LanguageNumber of peoplePercentage
English 5,126,633 68.5%
Mandarin 239,945 3.2%
Arabic 200,825 2.7%
Cantonese 143,333 1.9%
Vietnamese 102,896 1.4%

Source: ABS Census 2016

Published 24th May, 2018
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