Melbourne is one of the most linguistically diverse cities in the world, with 251 individual languages spoken at home.

Greek is once again one of the largest spoken languages in metropolitan Melbourne, with Italian, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Cantonese behind according to Fairfax Media data.

The biggest concentration of Greek speakers was in the South East and continued down into the Peninsula area.

Greek was fairly widespread in the state, with pockets in the North (Preston, Thornbury and Northcote) and North East (Templestowe and North Warrandyte) and the West (Williamstown and Newport) housing a large share of Greek speakers.

One of the biggest jumps in the city was with Mandarin, with more than 100,000 people speaking the language at home compared to 60,000 in 2001.
Mandarin is now the second-most spoken language in inner city areas thanks to the jump in new migrant arrivals to the city.

Three in 10 people speak a language other than English in the city while 200,000 more Melburnians are speaking a language other than English than a decade ago.

In some suburbs, more than half the population speaks a language other than English, showing that many people settle in suburbs that have strong cultural connections to their motherland.

Source: Fairfax Media