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The three largest ancestries in Hawthorn in 2011 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 Hawthorn 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 Hawthorn'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
Hawthorn - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
English6,53630.429.95,86629.128.2+670
Australian5,80527.028.26,46632.133.6-661
Irish2,91513.612.52,57512.811.8+340
Scottish2,35511.09.82,00710.08.8+348
Chinese1,8708.711.21,5467.79.1+324
Indian1,0865.12.98574.32.3+228
Italian9654.56.18264.15.8+139
German7683.63.37403.73.3+28
Greek5732.74.65422.74.6+31
Dutch2921.41.32601.31.2+32
Vietnamese2541.21.01480.70.8+106
Sinhalese2151.00.91600.80.7+56
New Zealander1940.90.81450.70.8+49
Polish1920.91.12591.31.2-67
French1770.80.71570.80.7+20
Thai1690.80.31610.80.3+7
Welsh1460.70.5980.50.5+48
Indonesian1230.60.31370.70.3-14
Hungarian1180.50.5700.30.5+48
Japanese1160.50.4810.40.3+35
American1150.50.51120.60.5+3
Korean1080.50.5540.30.3+54
Croatian960.40.5690.30.5+27
Spanish920.40.3580.30.3+34
Russian890.40.5690.30.4+20
Iranian870.40.3200.10.2+67
Filipino860.40.3500.20.3+36
Malay740.30.3590.30.3+15
Bengali610.30.1220.10.0+39
Danish600.30.3570.30.3+3
South African590.30.5640.30.4-5
Other Indian subcontinent580.30.2500.20.1+7
Inadequately Described570.30.3880.40.3-30
Macedonian560.30.4610.30.3-5
Swiss530.20.2450.20.2+8
Other Arab peoples510.20.1200.10.0+31
Canadian510.20.2420.20.2+9
Slovene500.20.1100.10.1+40
Serbian490.20.3530.30.3-4
Swedish480.20.2440.20.2+4
Austrian470.20.3570.30.3-9
Maltese460.20.4600.30.4-14
Latvian460.20.2470.20.2-1
Arab not further described390.20.1160.10.0+23
Colombian370.20.1170.10.0+21
Mauritian370.20.1150.10.1+22
Jewish350.20.2310.20.2+4
Lebanese340.20.3450.20.3-12
Cypriot330.20.270.00.1+26
Czech320.10.2410.20.2-9
Egyptian290.10.2130.10.1+15
Ukrainian290.10.2350.20.2-6
Maori280.10.190.00.1+19
Other South American260.10.060.00.0+20
Finnish250.10.170.00.0+18
Chilean250.10.130.00.1+22
Other Middle-Eastern peoples240.10.1130.10.1+11
Turkish240.10.1500.20.1-26
Other Southern and East African230.10.1120.10.0+11
Other British220.10.000.00.1+22
Romanian220.10.1100.00.1+12
Lithuanian220.10.1290.10.1-7
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Hawthorn - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,3276.24.61,5957.96.0-268

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% Irish, City of Boroondara: 12.5% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.8% Chinese, City of Boroondara: 11.2% Indian, City of Boroondara: 2.9% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% Dutch, City of Boroondara: 1.3% English, Hawthorn: 30.4% Australian, Hawthorn: 27.0% Irish, Hawthorn: 13.6% Scottish, Hawthorn: 11.0% Chinese, Hawthorn: 8.7% Indian, Hawthorn: 5.1% Italian, Hawthorn: 4.5% German, Hawthorn: 3.6% Greek, Hawthorn: 2.7% Dutch, Hawthorn: 1.4%
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, Hawthorn: +670 Australian, Hawthorn: -661 Irish, Hawthorn: +340 Scottish, Hawthorn: +348 Chinese, Hawthorn: +324 Indian, Hawthorn: +228 Italian, Hawthorn: +139 German, Hawthorn: +28 Greek, Hawthorn: +31 Dutch, Hawthorn: +32
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 Hawthorn in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (6,536 people or 30.4%)
  • Australian (5,805 people or 27.0%)
  • Irish (2,915 people or 13.6%)
  • Scottish (2,355 people or 11.0%)
  • Chinese (1,870 people or 8.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 19,481 responses in total, or 90.62% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Indian ancestry (5.1% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (8.7% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Greek ancestry (2.7% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.5% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+670 persons)
  • Australian (-661 persons)
  • Scottish (+348 persons)
  • Irish (+340 persons)

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