|Vietnamese families in Australia. — VNA/VNS Photo|
SYDNEY — Most of the 320,758 Vietnamese speakers in Australia live in Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) states, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)’s 2021 Census.
Victoria and NSW are home to 118,801 and 117,907 Vietnamese speakers respectively, each accounting for 37 per cent of the total. They were followed by Queensland, where about 10 per cent of the Vietnamese speakers are living.
In terms of 10 districts with highest numbers of Vietnamese-speaking people, there are nine located in Victoria and NSW, and only one in Queensland.
Without changes over the past decade, the Victorian suburb of St Albans topped the list. The number of the Vietnamese expats here gradually increased over time, from 7,831 people in 2011 to 11,102 people in 2021, accounting for 29.2 per cent of the district’s population.
The next places belong to the districts of Cabramatta and Bankstown in NSW with 9,144 and 7,087 Vietnamese speakers respectively, and Springvale in Victoria with 5,593 from the group.
Queensland’s Inala District, meanwhile, housed 4,691 Vietnamese speakers.
According to Vietnamese living in St Albans and Cabramatta, they chose these locations for their familiarity and comfort in many socio-cultural aspects, from language, lifestyle to the availability of Vietnamese food like phở, bún (noodles), bánh mì, coffee, etc. VNS