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Ancestry

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

The three largest ancestries in the City of Boroondara in 2016 were English, Australian and Chinese.

Ancestry defines the cultural association and ethnic background of an individual going back three generations. Ancestry is a good measure of the total size of cultural groups in the City of Boroondara regardless of where they were born or what language they speak.

Ancestry data, should be combined with data on Birthplace, Language Spoken at Home and Religion for a more complete picture of the City of Boroondara's ethnic characteristics.

Please note that the "Australian Aboriginal" and "Torres Strait Islander" categories in this topic are not considered to be a reliable estimate of the indigenous peoples of Australia. For information on this group, please use the "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population" found on the Population page.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
City of Boroondara - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
English49,49429.626.647,54729.926.9+1,947
Australian41,21624.624.044,93428.226.4-3,718
Chinese25,06015.07.917,89311.26.1+7,167
Irish21,15012.69.119,89912.58.8+1,251
Scottish16,6199.97.315,6389.87.2+981
Italian10,1196.16.79,6666.17.0+453
Greek7,6344.63.67,3994.63.9+235
Indian5,7783.54.44,6092.93.2+1,169
German5,5163.33.05,2893.33.0+227
Vietnamese2,4831.52.41,6451.02.0+838
Dutch2,0881.21.52,0541.31.6+34
Sinhalese1,8181.11.51,4640.91.2+354
Polish1,7091.01.11,7371.11.1-28
New Zealander1,3150.80.71,3360.80.7-21
French1,2730.80.61,1050.70.5+168
Welsh1,0040.60.58460.50.5+158
Korean9030.50.48000.50.3+103
Iranian8000.50.45230.30.2+277
Inadequately Described7770.50.74840.30.4+293
Croatian7660.50.87450.50.9+21
South African7590.50.47180.50.4+41
Russian7480.40.57210.50.5+27
Hungarian7470.40.47790.50.5-32
Filipino7300.41.35160.31.1+214
Malay7230.40.35490.30.2+174
Maltese7090.41.56690.41.6+40
American6500.40.37780.50.3-128
Japanese6300.40.35980.40.2+32
Spanish5960.40.54840.30.5+112
Lebanese5840.31.05240.31.0+60
Macedonian5780.30.95730.41.0+5
Indonesian5610.30.34370.30.3+124
Austrian5390.30.25420.30.2-3
Thai5320.30.34810.30.2+51
Serbian4960.30.64710.30.7+25
Danish4810.30.24440.30.2+37
Cypriot4120.20.32950.20.2+117
Swedish3520.20.23090.20.1+43
Latvian3500.20.13680.20.1-18
Swiss3480.20.13550.20.1-7
Ukrainian3480.20.33290.20.3+19
Egyptian3400.20.33180.20.3+22
Turkish3190.20.82350.10.8+84
Taiwanese3050.20.11920.10.0+113
Other Indian subcontinent3010.20.42410.20.2+60
Canadian2840.20.13210.20.1-37
Czech2790.20.12870.20.1-8
Jewish2690.20.23210.20.3-52
Slovene2650.20.12370.10.1+28
Colombian2620.20.11240.10.1+138
Pakistani2500.10.41350.10.2+115
Portuguese2400.10.31490.10.2+91
Other Arab peoples2390.10.1970.10.1+142
Mauritian2290.10.32300.10.3-1
Lithuanian2260.10.12080.10.1+18
Tamil2200.10.21760.10.2+44
Arab not further described2060.10.2990.10.2+107
Maori1980.10.41780.10.4+20
Norwegian1930.10.11780.10.1+15
Other Middle-Eastern peoples1890.10.21640.10.1+25
Other Eastern European1830.10.11120.10.1+71
Bengali1830.10.21150.10.1+68
Romanian1760.10.21780.10.2-2
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Boroondara - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Not stated8,2414.96.27,3634.66.4+878

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2016
Ancestry, 2016 English, Greater Melbourne: 26.6% Australian, Greater Melbourne: 24.0% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 7.9% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 9.1% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.3% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 6.7% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 4.4% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.4% English, City of Boroondara: 29.6% Australian, City of Boroondara: 24.6% Chinese, City of Boroondara: 15.0% Irish, City of Boroondara: 12.6% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.9% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% Indian, City of Boroondara: 3.5% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Vietnamese, City of Boroondara: 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 English, City of Boroondara: +1,947 Australian, City of Boroondara: -3,718 Chinese, City of Boroondara: +7,167 Irish, City of Boroondara: +1,251 Scottish, City of Boroondara: +981 Italian, City of Boroondara: +453 Greek, City of Boroondara: +235 Indian, City of Boroondara: +1,169 German, City of Boroondara: +227 Vietnamese, City of Boroondara: +838
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the ancestry responses of the population in City of Boroondara in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (49,494 people or 29.6%)
  • Australian (41,216 people or 24.6%)
  • Chinese (25,060 people or 15.0%)
  • Irish (21,150 people or 12.6%)
  • Scottish (16,619 people or 9.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 153,539 responses in total, or 91.82% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the City of Boroondara and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (15.0% compared to 7.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (12.6% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (29.6% compared to 26.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (9.9% compared to 7.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Chinese (+7,167 persons)
  • Australian (-3,718 persons)
  • English (+1,947 persons)
  • Irish (+1,251 persons)

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