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In 2011, 5% of people in the Shire of Ashburton, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in the Shire of Ashburton. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, the Shire of Ashburton's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Shire of Ashburton - Overseas born (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
New Zealand7647.63.43095.12.5+455
United Kingdom4844.86.32624.36.5+222
South Africa800.81.0420.70.6+38
Philippines670.70.8290.50.3+38
Ireland550.50.3120.20.2+43
Zimbabwe460.50.370.10.2+39
India430.40.3170.30.2+26
Indonesia310.30.1130.20.1+18
Netherlands260.30.4100.20.4+16
Thailand260.30.2140.20.1+12
United States of America250.30.3170.30.2+8
Germany240.20.4120.20.4+12
Papua New Guinea210.20.1410.70.1-20
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Total overseas born1,94519.417.293815.414.7+1,007
Non-English speaking backgrounds5225.25.92844.74.4+238
Main English speaking countries1,42314.211.465410.810.2+769
Australia6,60766.174.44,44873.276.6+2,159
Not stated1,45014.58.469411.48.7+756

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 New Zealand, Regional WA: 3.4% United Kingdom, Regional WA: 6.3% South Africa, Regional WA: 1.0% Philippines, Regional WA: 0.8% Ireland, Regional WA: 0.3% Zimbabwe, Regional WA: 0.3% India, Regional WA: 0.3% Indonesia, Regional WA: 0.1% Thailand, Regional WA: 0.2% Netherlands, Regional WA: 0.4% New Zealand, Shire of Ashburton: 7.6% United Kingdom, Shire of Ashburton: 4.8% South Africa, Shire of Ashburton: 0.8% Philippines, Shire of Ashburton: 0.7% Ireland, Shire of Ashburton: 0.5% Zimbabwe, Shire of Ashburton: 0.5% India, Shire of Ashburton: 0.4% Indonesia, Shire of Ashburton: 0.3% Thailand, Shire of Ashburton: 0.3% Netherlands, Shire of Ashburton: 0.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 New Zealand, Shire of Ashburton: +455 United Kingdom, Shire of Ashburton: +222 South Africa, Shire of Ashburton: +38 Philippines, Shire of Ashburton: +38 Ireland, Shire of Ashburton: +43 Zimbabwe, Shire of Ashburton: +39 India, Shire of Ashburton: +26 Indonesia, Shire of Ashburton: +18 Thailand, Shire of Ashburton: +12 Netherlands, Shire of Ashburton: +16
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the country of birth of the population in the Shire of Ashburton in 2011 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas, and a larger proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 19.4% of the population was born overseas, and 5.2% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 17.2% and 5.9% respectively for Regional WA.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA were:

  • A larger percentage of people born in New Zealand (7.6% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in United Kingdom (4.8% compared to 6.3%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 1,007 or 107.4%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 238 or 83.8%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • New Zealand (+455 persons)
  • United Kingdom (+222 persons)

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