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The three largest ancestries in Balwyn in 2011 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 Balwyn 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 Balwyn'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
Balwyn - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
English3,43926.429.93,54126.928.2-102
Australian3,09523.728.24,07230.933.6-977
Chinese2,85121.811.22,10115.99.1+750
Irish1,39310.712.51,41010.711.8-16
Scottish1,0448.09.81,0357.98.8+9
Italian6785.26.17205.55.8-42
Greek5904.54.65984.54.6-8
Indian3732.92.92752.12.3+98
German3232.53.33592.73.3-35
Vietnamese1871.41.01391.10.8+47
Dutch1351.01.31341.01.2+1
Sinhalese1120.90.9820.60.7+29
Polish1080.81.11321.01.2-24
Korean1080.80.5560.40.3+52
New Zealander900.70.8980.70.8-8
French750.60.7670.50.7+8
Filipino730.60.3360.30.3+38
Croatian730.60.5650.50.5+8
American620.50.5510.40.5+10
Hungarian600.50.5470.40.5+13
Malay560.40.3590.40.3-3
Iranian550.40.3250.20.2+30
Japanese510.40.4370.30.3+14
Maltese480.40.4570.40.4-9
Lebanese470.40.3530.40.3-6
Indonesian430.30.3520.40.3-10
Russian410.30.5440.30.4-3
Serbian380.30.3390.30.3-1
Macedonian360.30.4390.30.3-3
Czech340.30.2420.30.2-8
Other Indian subcontinent330.30.270.10.1+26
South African330.30.5720.50.4-38
Spanish330.30.3420.30.3-9
Turkish320.20.1190.10.1+14
Welsh300.20.5710.50.5-41
Thai290.20.3160.10.3+13
Egyptian290.20.2310.20.1-1
Tamil270.20.1100.10.1+18
Ukrainian260.20.2190.10.2+7
Inadequately Described250.20.3340.30.3-9
Taiwanese240.20.1270.20.1-3
Austrian230.20.3280.20.3-5
Swiss230.20.2200.20.2+3
Pakistani230.20.1100.10.1+14
Romanian200.20.1110.10.1+9
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Balwyn - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Not stated4813.74.66094.66.0-129

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, City of Boroondara: 29.9% Australian, City of Boroondara: 28.2% Chinese, City of Boroondara: 11.2% Irish, City of Boroondara: 12.5% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.8% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% Indian, City of Boroondara: 2.9% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Vietnamese, City of Boroondara: 1.0% English, Balwyn: 26.4% Australian, Balwyn: 23.7% Chinese, Balwyn: 21.8% Irish, Balwyn: 10.7% Scottish, Balwyn: 8.0% Italian, Balwyn: 5.2% Greek, Balwyn: 4.5% Indian, Balwyn: 2.9% German, Balwyn: 2.5% Vietnamese, Balwyn: 1.4%
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, Balwyn: -102 Australian, Balwyn: -977 Chinese, Balwyn: +750 Irish, Balwyn: -16 Scottish, Balwyn: +9 Italian, Balwyn: -42 Greek, Balwyn: -8 Indian, Balwyn: +98 German, Balwyn: -35 Vietnamese, Balwyn: +47
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 Balwyn in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (3,439 people or 26.4%)
  • Australian (3,095 people or 23.7%)
  • Chinese (2,851 people or 21.8%)
  • Irish (1,393 people or 10.7%)
  • Scottish (1,044 people or 8.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 11,822 responses in total, or 90.61% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (21.8% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (23.7% compared to 28.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (26.4% compared to 29.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (10.7% compared to 12.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-977 persons)
  • Chinese (+750 persons)
  • English (-102 persons)
  • Indian (+98 persons)

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