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Culturally Diverse Communities

In 2006 9.6% of the Glenorchy population were born overseas, and 5.3% were from a non-English speaking background (ABS 2006 Census).


The top ten countries where residents who were born overseas came from:

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Poland
  3. New Zealand
  4. Germany
  5. Italy
  6. Philippines
  7. Sudan
  8. Netherlands
  9. Greece
  10. India

The majority of Glenorchy's overseas born population came to the city prior to 1986 from Europe with smaller numbers from Asia, South and Central America. Many of these cultural groups formed associations and clubs and built meeting and function centres to support their communities – both in Hobart and Glenorchy Cities.


Overall, 90% of the Glenorchy population speak English only, and 5% speak a non-English language. The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Glenorchy City is Polish. (ABS 2006 Census)


In total across the State approx 400 people come as refugees/humanitarian entrants each year.  Over half of Glenorchy's new arrivals are humanitarian entrants.  Cultural groups settling in Glenorchy include the:

  • Congolese
  • Burundi
  • Liberian
  • Sudanese
  • Sierra Leone
  • Ethiopian
  • Afghanistan
  • Karen Burmese
  • Bhutanese

The new settlers in Glenorchy speak in excess of 45 languages. The majority of humanitarian entrants are children and young adults.