Somali Culture

Population Statistics

Somalia

Population

11,031,386

[July 2017 est.]

All statistics are rough estimates. There has been no census since 1975 and population data is complicated by the large number of nomads and displaced peoples.

Language

Somali [official]

Arabic [official]

Italian

English

Religion

Sunni Islam [official]

Ethnicity

Somali 85%
Bantu and other non-Somali 15%

Australians with Somali Ancestry

16,169 
[Census, 2016]

Somalis in Australia

Population

7,668

[Census 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Somalia. However, many Somalis were also born in surrounding countries during periods of displacement. Therefore, the number of Somalis in Australia is likely to be much higher.

Median Age

34

[Census 2016]

Gender

Male 47.1%
Female 52.9%

[Census 2016]

Religion

Islam 93.4%
No Religion 1.5%
Other 0.6%
Not Stated 4.3%

[Census 2016]

Ancestry

Somali 85.8%
African [undefined] 6.0%
English 2.1%
Australian 1.2%
Other Ancestry 4.8%

[Census 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

Somali 88.7%
English 4.6%
Arabic 2.8%
Swahili 0.3%
Other Languages 1.7%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 78.2% speak English fluently.

[Census 2016]

Diaspora

Victoria 50.9%
Western Australia 17.4%
Queensland 16.6%
New South Wales 10.7%
Other 4.4%

[Census 2016]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 1995 16.1%
1996 - 2005 35.3%
2006 - 2015 42.1%

[Census 2016]

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