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Published 5th June, 2017

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

More than 83 different languages are spoken and 136 religions are practised in NSW. Almost a third of NSW residents were born overseas, while 47 per cent has a parent 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 5,013,345 72.47%
Arabic 184,254 2.66%
Mandarin 138,822 2.02%
Cantonese 136,373 1.97%
Vietnamese 87,499 1.26%

Source: ABS Census 2011

Published 5th June, 2017