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The three largest ancestries in Glen Iris in 2011 were Australian, English 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 Glen Iris 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 Glen Iris'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
Glen Iris - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Australian5,18834.128.25,77739.533.6-589
English5,06133.329.94,43330.328.2+629
Irish1,91612.612.51,62811.111.8+288
Scottish1,57710.49.81,3609.38.8+217
Chinese1,0757.111.26884.79.1+387
Italian7745.16.17224.95.8+52
Greek7615.04.67595.24.6+2
German5583.73.35143.53.3+44
Indian2451.62.92081.42.3+37
Dutch2361.61.32171.51.2+19
Polish2261.51.12131.51.2+13
Sinhalese1711.10.91451.00.7+26
New Zealander1491.00.81320.90.8+17
Vietnamese1280.81.0890.60.8+39
French980.60.71070.70.7-9
Hungarian890.60.51010.70.5-12
South African850.60.5600.40.4+25
Welsh840.60.5990.70.5-15
Croatian750.50.5590.40.5+16
Austrian750.50.3580.40.3+17
Danish700.50.3630.40.3+8
American630.40.5710.50.5-8
Russian620.40.5410.30.4+21
Maltese610.40.4700.50.4-8
Spanish590.40.3370.20.3+23
Inadequately Described550.40.3450.30.3+10
Korean520.30.5510.30.3+1
Lebanese460.30.3130.10.3+33
Serbian460.30.3510.40.3-5
Japanese420.30.4390.30.3+3
Jewish410.30.2360.20.2+5
Ukrainian410.30.2350.20.2+6
Swiss400.30.2320.20.2+8
Malay400.30.3360.20.3+4
Canadian380.30.2270.20.2+11
Macedonian370.20.4220.10.3+16
Czech360.20.2320.20.2+3
Latvian350.20.2350.20.20
Iranian330.20.3120.10.2+21
Mauritian320.20.1220.10.1+10
Lithuanian270.20.1210.10.1+6
Indonesian260.20.3180.10.3+8
Cypriot230.20.210.00.1+22
Other Eastern European230.20.1100.10.1+13
Slovene230.20.1200.10.1+4
Filipino220.10.3300.20.3-8
Argentinian200.10.0140.10.0+5
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Glen Iris - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Not stated5923.94.67375.06.0-145

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 Australian, City of Boroondara: 28.2% English, City of Boroondara: 29.9% Irish, City of Boroondara: 12.5% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.8% Chinese, City of Boroondara: 11.2% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Indian, City of Boroondara: 2.9% Dutch, City of Boroondara: 1.3% Australian, Glen Iris: 34.1% English, Glen Iris: 33.3% Irish, Glen Iris: 12.6% Scottish, Glen Iris: 10.4% Chinese, Glen Iris: 7.1% Italian, Glen Iris: 5.1% Greek, Glen Iris: 5.0% German, Glen Iris: 3.7% Indian, Glen Iris: 1.6% Dutch, Glen Iris: 1.6%
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 Australian, Glen Iris: -589 English, Glen Iris: +629 Irish, Glen Iris: +288 Scottish, Glen Iris: +217 Chinese, Glen Iris: +387 Italian, Glen Iris: +52 Greek, Glen Iris: +2 German, Glen Iris: +44 Indian, Glen Iris: +37 Dutch, Glen Iris: +19
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 Glen Iris in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (5,188 people or 34.1%)
  • English (5,061 people or 33.3%)
  • Irish (1,916 people or 12.6%)
  • Scottish (1,577 people or 10.4%)
  • Chinese (1,075 people or 7.1%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 14,817 responses in total, or 97.40% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (34.1% compared to 28.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (33.3% compared to 29.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (7.1% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Indian ancestry (1.6% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+629 persons)
  • Australian (-589 persons)
  • Chinese (+387 persons)
  • Irish (+288 persons)

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