In 2016, there were over 300 separately identified languages spoken in Australian homes. More than one-fifth (21%) of Australians spoke a language other than English at home. After English, the next most common languages spoken at home were Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, and Vietnamese indicating how culturally diverse the population is and the degree to which different ethnic groups and nationalities are retaining their language.
Sydney is no different. As a Global City its multiculturalism and diversity can be illustrated through the above map. The map highlights the dominant language spoken in the suburb after English. Long standing areas of tradition remain, for example Italians congregating in and around Leichardt, Portuguese close to the beaches around Mona Vale, Koreans in Lidcombe and Marrickville, Jews (Hebrew) in the Eastern Suburbs, Southern Asians in Blacktown and Vietnamese in Cabramatta. But it is clear from reviewing the 2011 Census that a number of postal areas are becoming increasing inhabited by Mandarin speakers.
Sydney’s position as a diverse Global City and one that attracts migrants from all over the world is very much clear in terms of inhabitants but also in terms of its economy and employment base. Sydney is home to 12 of the top 25 ASX -listed companies and 30 of the top 50. In addition, many of the global Fortune 500 companies have their regional or national head-offices in Sydney including technology giants, such as Apple, IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, HP and Samsung.
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