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The three largest ancestries in Camberwell in 2016 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 Camberwell 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 Camberwell'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
Camberwell - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
English7,61233.329.67,12533.729.9+486
Australian5,99526.224.66,52830.828.2-532
Irish3,21214.012.62,83813.412.5+374
Chinese2,74812.015.01,7608.311.2+988
Scottish2,47110.89.92,34111.19.8+131
Italian1,3205.86.11,2345.86.1+86
Greek9594.24.68784.14.6+82
German7993.53.38123.83.3-13
Indian6913.03.55112.42.9+180
Sinhalese2921.31.12371.10.9+55
Dutch2721.21.22661.31.3+7
Vietnamese2291.01.51780.81.0+50
French2130.90.81790.90.7+34
Polish1990.91.02231.11.1-24
New Zealander1940.90.82251.10.8-31
Welsh1360.60.61380.70.5-2
Russian1130.50.41190.60.5-6
South African1070.50.51020.50.5+4
Hungarian980.40.41250.60.5-28
Korean960.40.5900.40.5+7
Danish860.40.3630.30.3+23
Lebanese830.40.3740.40.3+9
Iranian830.40.5460.20.3+37
Malay790.30.4580.30.3+21
Maltese780.30.4870.40.4-10
Spanish780.30.4810.40.3-3
Macedonian720.30.3650.30.4+7
Japanese720.30.4590.30.4+13
Filipino710.30.4690.30.3+2
Croatian670.30.5640.30.5+4
Thai630.30.3590.30.3+5
Austrian620.30.3630.30.3-1
American620.30.4930.40.5-31
Indonesian610.30.3520.30.3+9
Canadian550.20.2630.30.2-7
Inadequately Described530.20.5560.30.3-3
Ukrainian480.20.2460.20.2+3
Cypriot470.20.2300.10.2+17
Tamil380.20.1320.20.1+6
Colombian370.20.240.00.1+33
Other Indian subcontinent360.20.2240.10.2+12
Swiss350.20.2550.30.2-20
Swedish320.10.2370.20.2-5
Taiwanese300.10.2100.00.1+21
Portuguese300.10.1170.10.1+13
Lithuanian280.10.1180.10.1+10
Jewish250.10.2440.20.2-19
Mauritian250.10.1140.10.1+11
Slovene230.10.2170.10.1+6
Serbian210.10.3520.30.3-31
Other British190.10.1150.10.0+4
Other Eastern European180.10.1250.10.1-7
Czech180.10.2360.20.2-18
Egyptian180.10.2270.10.2-9
Albanian170.10.0140.10.0+4
Other Middle-Eastern peoples170.10.1190.10.1-3
Punjabi170.10.000.00.0+17
Pakistani170.10.190.00.1+7
Other South American160.10.190.00.0+6
Chilean160.10.1100.00.1+6
Other Arab peoples150.10.1110.10.1+4
Nepalese140.10.140.00.0+10
Maori140.10.1260.10.1-12
Syrian130.10.0130.10.00
Belgian130.10.1160.10.0-3
Arab not further described120.10.130.00.1+10
Bengali110.00.180.00.1+3
Finnish110.10.1140.10.1-3
Singaporean110.00.180.00.0+3
Other Central Asian110.00.060.00.0+5
Norwegian110.10.1180.10.1-6
Other North-Western European110.10.130.00.1+9
Other North American100.00.190.00.0+2
Turkish100.00.2190.10.1-9
Brazilian100.00.1180.10.1-8
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Camberwell - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,0284.54.96733.24.6+355

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 English, City of Boroondara: 29.6% Australian, City of Boroondara: 24.6% Irish, City of Boroondara: 12.6% Chinese, City of Boroondara: 15.0% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.9% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Indian, City of Boroondara: 3.5% Sinhalese, City of Boroondara: 1.1% English, Camberwell: 33.3% Australian, Camberwell: 26.2% Irish, Camberwell: 14.0% Chinese, Camberwell: 12.0% Scottish, Camberwell: 10.8% Italian, Camberwell: 5.8% Greek, Camberwell: 4.2% German, Camberwell: 3.5% Indian, Camberwell: 3.0% Sinhalese, Camberwell: 1.3%
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 English, Camberwell: +486 Australian, Camberwell: -532 Irish, Camberwell: +374 Chinese, Camberwell: +988 Scottish, Camberwell: +131 Italian, Camberwell: +86 Greek, Camberwell: +82 German, Camberwell: -13 Indian, Camberwell: +180 Sinhalese, Camberwell: +55
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 Camberwell in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (7,612 people or 33.3%)
  • Australian (5,995 people or 26.2%)
  • Irish (3,212 people or 14.0%)
  • Chinese (2,748 people or 12.0%)
  • Scottish (2,471 people or 10.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 22,038 responses in total, or 96.37% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (33.3% compared to 29.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (26.2% compared to 24.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (14.0% compared to 12.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (12.0% compared to 15.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+988 persons)
  • Australian (-532 persons)
  • English (+486 persons)
  • Irish (+374 persons)

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