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The three largest ancestries in Balwyn in 2016 were Chinese, English and Australian.

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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of ancestry groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Balwyn - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Chinese3,73127.815.02,85121.811.2+880
English3,26724.329.63,43826.429.9-171
Australian2,53718.924.63,09423.728.2-557
Irish1,3269.912.61,39310.712.5-67
Scottish1,0497.89.91,0448.09.8+5
Italian6935.26.16775.26.1+16
Greek5474.14.65894.54.6-43
Indian5093.83.53722.92.9+137
German3402.53.33232.53.3+17
Vietnamese2331.71.51861.41.0+47
Sinhalese1541.11.11110.90.9+42
Dutch1250.91.21341.01.3-10
Polish1070.81.01070.81.1-1
Korean1040.80.51070.80.5-3
French670.50.8740.60.7-7
Filipino630.50.4730.60.3-9
Iranian580.40.5540.40.3+4
Taiwanese570.40.2230.20.1+33
Malay530.40.4550.40.3-3
New Zealander530.40.8890.70.8-36
Croatian510.40.5720.60.5-21
Indonesian450.30.3420.30.3+3
Maltese450.30.4470.40.4-2
South African450.30.5330.30.5+12
Welsh450.30.6290.20.5+16
Japanese430.30.4500.40.4-7
Macedonian410.30.3350.30.4+6
Spanish400.30.4320.30.3+8
Lebanese400.30.3460.40.3-6
American400.30.4610.50.5-21
Egyptian380.30.2290.20.2+10
Turkish380.30.2320.20.1+6
Tamil370.30.1270.20.1+10
Hungarian360.30.4590.50.5-23
Inadequately Described360.30.5240.20.3+12
Thai350.30.3280.20.3+6
Cypriot310.20.2120.10.2+19
Pakistani270.20.1230.20.1+5
Austrian260.20.3220.20.3+3
Russian230.20.4410.30.5-18
Other Indian subcontinent210.20.2320.30.2-12
Bengali210.20.130.00.1+19
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Not stated5764.34.94803.74.6+95

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 Chinese, City of Boroondara: 15.0% English, City of Boroondara: 29.6% Australian, City of Boroondara: 24.6% 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% Chinese, Balwyn: 27.8% English, Balwyn: 24.3% Australian, Balwyn: 18.9% Irish, Balwyn: 9.9% Scottish, Balwyn: 7.8% Italian, Balwyn: 5.2% Greek, Balwyn: 4.1% Indian, Balwyn: 3.8% German, Balwyn: 2.5% Vietnamese, Balwyn: 1.7%
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 Chinese, Balwyn: +880 English, Balwyn: -171 Australian, Balwyn: -557 Irish, Balwyn: -67 Scottish, Balwyn: +5 Italian, Balwyn: +16 Greek, Balwyn: -43 Indian, Balwyn: +137 German, Balwyn: +17 Vietnamese, Balwyn: +47
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 Balwyn in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Chinese (3,731 people or 27.8%)
  • English (3,267 people or 24.3%)
  • Australian (2,537 people or 18.9%)
  • Irish (1,326 people or 9.9%)
  • Scottish (1,049 people or 7.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 11,910 responses in total, or 88.65% 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 (27.8% compared to 15.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (18.9% compared to 24.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (24.3% compared to 29.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (9.9% compared to 12.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+880 persons)
  • Australian (-557 persons)
  • English (-171 persons)
  • Indian (+137 persons)

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