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The three largest ancestries in Balwyn North 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 North 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 North'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 North - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
English4,39322.029.94,35122.028.2+42
Australian4,12820.728.25,02725.433.6-899
Chinese3,99620.011.23,44117.49.1+555
Italian1,9179.66.11,7969.15.8+121
Irish1,8059.112.51,7078.611.8+98
Greek1,7798.94.61,6828.54.6+96
Scottish1,3506.89.81,2246.28.8+127
Indian5842.92.94772.42.3+107
German4432.23.35032.53.3-61
Vietnamese2541.31.01901.00.8+64
Sinhalese2441.20.91891.00.7+55
Dutch2191.11.31700.91.2+49
Polish1800.91.12001.01.2-20
Korean1670.80.51100.60.3+57
Macedonian1440.70.41540.80.3-10
New Zealander1400.70.81420.70.8-2
Malay1150.60.3750.40.3+40
Maltese1140.60.41020.50.4+12
French1040.50.71050.50.7-1
Lebanese1020.50.3980.50.3+4
Iranian1010.50.3690.30.2+32
Cypriot990.50.2340.20.1+65
Egyptian910.50.2390.20.1+52
Hungarian900.50.5780.40.5+12
Serbian880.40.3800.40.3+8
Croatian870.40.5600.30.5+27
South African820.40.5630.30.4+19
American750.40.5810.40.5-6
Japanese670.30.4780.40.3-11
Russian650.30.5830.40.4-18
Inadequately Described600.30.3450.20.3+15
Turkish590.30.1450.20.1+14
Welsh560.30.5630.30.5-7
Spanish540.30.3590.30.3-5
Swiss510.30.2400.20.2+11
Filipino480.20.3370.20.3+11
Austrian460.20.3560.30.3-10
Latvian460.20.2560.30.2-10
Tamil440.20.1260.10.1+18
Indonesian430.20.3180.10.3+25
Romanian410.20.1250.10.1+16
Danish370.20.3320.20.3+5
Pakistani360.20.1270.10.1+9
Czech340.20.2570.30.2-23
Slovene330.20.1210.10.1+12
Swedish310.20.2200.10.2+11
Ukrainian310.20.2410.20.2-10
Jewish300.20.2570.30.2-27
Canadian280.10.2530.30.2-25
Punjabi280.10.000.00.0+28
Mauritian270.10.1150.10.1+12
Taiwanese250.10.1290.10.1-4
Chilean230.10.1130.10.1+10
Lithuanian220.10.1210.10.1+1
Thai220.10.3240.10.3-2
Arab not further described200.10.1200.10.00
Fijian200.10.060.00.0+14
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Balwyn North - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Not stated7623.84.69094.66.0-147

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% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% Irish, City of Boroondara: 12.5% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.8% Indian, City of Boroondara: 2.9% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Vietnamese, City of Boroondara: 1.0% English, Balwyn North: 22.0% Australian, Balwyn North: 20.7% Chinese, Balwyn North: 20.0% Italian, Balwyn North: 9.6% Irish, Balwyn North: 9.1% Greek, Balwyn North: 8.9% Scottish, Balwyn North: 6.8% Indian, Balwyn North: 2.9% German, Balwyn North: 2.2% Vietnamese, Balwyn North: 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, Balwyn North: +42 Australian, Balwyn North: -899 Chinese, Balwyn North: +555 Italian, Balwyn North: +121 Irish, Balwyn North: +98 Greek, Balwyn North: +96 Scottish, Balwyn North: +127 Indian, Balwyn North: +107 German, Balwyn North: -61 Vietnamese, Balwyn North: +64
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 North in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (4,393 people or 22.0%)
  • Australian (4,128 people or 20.7%)
  • Chinese (3,996 people or 20.0%)
  • Italian (1,917 people or 9.6%)
  • Irish (1,805 people or 9.1%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 16,239 responses in total, or 81.43% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (20.0% compared to 11.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (8.9% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (22.0% compared to 29.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (20.7% compared to 28.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-899 persons)
  • Chinese (+555 persons)
  • Scottish (+127 persons)
  • Italian (+121 persons)

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