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Australia Census 2016 – Sri Lankan communities snapshot

Posted on: Sun 9 Jul 2017

Sri Lankan communities snapshot was given based on the census 2016.

Demographics – 150,880 people in Australia identified with a Sri Lankan ancestry. The majority an estimated 105,000 were Sinhalese and an estimated 45,000 were Tamil

Birthplace – 98,340 with a Sri Lankan ancestry were born in Sri Lanka followed by 41,075 people were born in Australia. 2,716 were born in Malaysia. 1713 were born in England & 1160were born in Singapore.

Language – 61,348 people indicated that they spoke Sinhalese at home. 51,100 people spoke English at home followed by 34,147 who spoke Tamil.

Religion – 54146 People have indicated their religion as Buddhism followed by 48,830 as Christianity & 29,073 as Hinduism. There were 11,325 people who claimed no religion.

Location

VIC – 75,595

NSW – 40,100

QLD – 13,515

WA – 11,171

SA – 5,036

ACT – 3,924

Prepared using 2016 Census data from ABS.

Adelaide Lakhanda

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