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The three largest ancestries in the City of Boroondara in 2011 were English, Australian and Irish.

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)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
English47,54729.926.943,57728.225.7+3,970
Australian44,93428.226.451,84133.630.2-6,907
Irish19,89912.58.818,19711.88.4+1,702
Chinese17,89311.26.114,0459.15.0+3,848
Scottish15,6389.87.213,6568.86.7+1,982
Italian9,6666.17.08,9665.87.2+700
Greek7,3994.63.97,0274.64.1+372
German5,2893.33.05,0523.33.1+237
Indian4,6092.93.23,5212.31.9+1,088
Dutch2,0541.31.61,9141.21.7+140
Polish1,7371.11.11,8671.21.2-130
Vietnamese1,6451.02.01,1740.81.7+471
Sinhalese1,4640.91.21,0940.71.0+370
New Zealander1,3360.80.71,2670.80.6+69
French1,1050.70.51,0400.70.5+65
Welsh8460.50.57980.50.5+48
Korean8000.50.35360.30.2+264
Hungarian7790.50.57770.50.5+2
American7780.50.37430.50.3+35
Croatian7450.50.97040.50.9+41
Russian7210.50.56200.40.5+101
South African7180.50.46800.40.4+38
Maltese6690.41.65700.41.6+99
Japanese5980.40.25040.30.2+94
Macedonian5730.41.05000.31.0+73
Malay5490.30.23970.30.2+152
Austrian5420.30.25390.30.3+3
Lebanese5240.31.04730.30.9+51
Iranian5230.30.22620.20.1+261
Filipino5160.31.14060.30.9+110
Inadequately Described4840.30.44040.30.3+80
Spanish4840.30.54090.30.4+75
Thai4810.30.24400.30.2+41
Serbian4710.30.74780.30.7-7
Danish4440.30.24030.30.2+41
Indonesian4370.30.34270.30.2+10
Latvian3680.20.13630.20.1+5
Swiss3550.20.13600.20.1-5
Ukrainian3290.20.33430.20.3-14
Jewish3210.20.33060.20.2+15
Canadian3210.20.13240.20.1-3
Egyptian3180.20.31950.10.3+123
Swedish3090.20.12830.20.1+26
Cypriot2950.20.21460.10.1+149
Czech2870.20.13230.20.1-36
Other Indian subcontinent2410.20.21740.10.1+67
Slovene2370.10.12080.10.1+29
Turkish2350.10.81890.10.8+46
Mauritian2300.10.31510.10.3+79
Lithuanian2080.10.12140.10.1-6
Taiwanese1920.10.01870.10.0+5
Norwegian1780.10.11880.10.1-10
Romanian1780.10.21590.10.2+19
Maori1780.10.41620.10.3+16
Tamil1760.10.21050.10.1+71
Other Middle-Eastern peoples1640.10.11360.10.1+28
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Not stated7,3634.66.49,3136.08.1-1,950

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

Ancestry, 2011
Ancestry, 2011 English, Greater Melbourne: 26.9% Australian, Greater Melbourne: 26.4% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 8.8% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 6.1% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.2% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 7.0% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.9% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 3.2% Dutch, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% English, City of Boroondara: 29.9% Australian, City of Boroondara: 28.2% Irish, City of Boroondara: 12.5% Chinese, City of Boroondara: 11.2% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.8% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Indian, City of Boroondara: 2.9% Dutch, City of Boroondara: 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 English, City of Boroondara: +3,970 Australian, City of Boroondara: -6,907 Irish, City of Boroondara: +1,702 Chinese, City of Boroondara: +3,848 Scottish, City of Boroondara: +1,982 Italian, City of Boroondara: +700 Greek, City of Boroondara: +372 German, City of Boroondara: +237 Indian, City of Boroondara: +1,088 Dutch, City of Boroondara: +140
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 ancestry responses of the population in City of Boroondara in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (47,547 people or 29.9%)
  • Australian (44,934 people or 28.2%)
  • Irish (19,899 people or 12.5%)
  • Chinese (17,893 people or 11.2%)
  • Scottish (15,638 people or 9.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 145,911 responses in total, or 91.66% 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 (11.2% compared to 6.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (12.5% compared to 8.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (29.9% compared to 26.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (9.8% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Australian (-6,907 persons)
  • English (+3,970 persons)
  • Chinese (+3,848 persons)
  • Scottish (+1,982 persons)

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