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The three largest ancestries in Balwyn North 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 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.

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 North - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Chinese5,29226.315.03,99520.011.2+1,297
English4,13520.529.64,39322.029.9-258
Australian3,42217.024.64,12720.728.2-705
Italian1,8519.26.11,9179.66.1-66
Greek1,7608.74.61,7788.94.6-18
Irish1,6838.312.61,8059.112.5-122
Scottish1,3026.59.91,3506.89.8-48
Indian7093.53.55832.92.9+126
German4392.23.34422.23.3-3
Vietnamese4032.01.52541.31.0+149
Sinhalese2431.21.12431.20.90
Dutch1700.81.22181.11.3-49
Korean1500.70.51660.80.5-16
Iranian1420.70.51010.50.3+42
Macedonian1180.60.31440.70.4-26
Malay1180.60.41150.60.3+4
Maltese1100.50.41130.60.4-4
New Zealander1090.50.81390.70.8-30
Polish1040.51.01790.91.1-76
Croatian940.50.5860.40.5+7
Lebanese940.50.31020.50.3-8
Cypriot910.50.2980.50.2-7
Egyptian880.40.2910.50.2-3
Indonesian830.40.3420.20.3+41
Serbian780.40.3880.40.3-10
French750.40.81040.50.7-29
Taiwanese700.40.2250.10.1+46
American690.30.4740.40.5-6
Japanese630.30.4660.30.4-4
Other Indian subcontinent600.30.2150.10.2+45
Russian600.30.4650.30.5-4
Turkish590.30.2590.30.10
Filipino580.30.4480.20.3+10
Pakistani570.30.1360.20.1+21
Hungarian500.30.4900.50.5-39
South African500.20.5820.40.5-32
Welsh430.20.6560.30.5-13
Austrian410.20.3460.20.3-5
Spanish380.20.4530.30.3-16
Inadequately Described370.20.5600.30.3-23
Slovene330.20.2330.20.10
Czech320.20.2340.20.2-2
Danish310.20.3370.20.3-6
Swedish310.20.2310.20.20
Portuguese310.20.1120.10.1+19
Thai300.20.3220.10.3+9
Mauritian280.10.1270.10.1+1
Jewish260.10.2300.20.2-4
Canadian260.10.2280.10.2-2
Bengali240.10.170.00.1+17
Tamil220.10.1440.20.1-22
Romanian210.10.1410.20.1-19
Maori210.10.1110.10.1+10
Ukrainian190.10.2310.20.2-12
Swiss190.10.2500.30.2-31
Latvian180.10.2450.20.2-28
Brazilian170.10.1120.10.1+5
Other Middle-Eastern peoples160.10.1100.10.1+6
Lithuanian160.10.1220.10.1-6
Tongan150.10.000.00.0+15
Fijian150.10.1200.10.0-5
Colombian140.10.260.00.1+8
Nepalese140.10.1100.10.0+4
Chilean130.10.1230.10.1-10
Iraqi130.10.150.00.0+8
Samoan120.10.030.00.0+9
Singaporean120.10.1130.10.0-1
Other Eastern European110.10.1150.10.1-4
Timorese110.10.060.00.0+5
Other Central Asian110.10.070.00.0+4
Khmer (Cambodian)110.10.070.00.0+4
Palestinian100.00.000.00.0+10
Anglo-Indian100.00.1180.10.1-8
Other South American100.00.100.00.0+10
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Not stated7643.84.97613.84.6+3

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% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% Irish, City of Boroondara: 12.6% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.9% Indian, City of Boroondara: 3.5% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Vietnamese, City of Boroondara: 1.5% Chinese, Balwyn North: 26.3% English, Balwyn North: 20.5% Australian, Balwyn North: 17.0% Italian, Balwyn North: 9.2% Greek, Balwyn North: 8.7% Irish, Balwyn North: 8.3% Scottish, Balwyn North: 6.5% Indian, Balwyn North: 3.5% German, Balwyn North: 2.2% Vietnamese, Balwyn North: 2.0%
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 North: +1,297 English, Balwyn North: -258 Australian, Balwyn North: -705 Italian, Balwyn North: -66 Greek, Balwyn North: -18 Irish, Balwyn North: -122 Scottish, Balwyn North: -48 Indian, Balwyn North: +126 German, Balwyn North: -3 Vietnamese, Balwyn North: +149
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 North in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Chinese (5,292 people or 26.3%)
  • English (4,135 people or 20.5%)
  • Australian (3,422 people or 17.0%)
  • Italian (1,851 people or 9.2%)
  • Greek (1,760 people or 8.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 16,460 responses in total, or 81.65% 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 (26.3% compared to 15.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (20.5% compared to 29.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (17.0% compared to 24.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (8.3% 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 (+1,297 persons)
  • Australian (-705 persons)
  • English (-258 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+149 persons)

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