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The three largest ancestries in Hawthorn 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 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.

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
Hawthorn - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
English7,36131.029.66,53630.429.9+825
Australian5,79424.424.65,80427.028.2-11
Irish3,26213.712.62,91413.612.5+348
Scottish2,60911.09.92,35511.09.8+254
Chinese2,37410.015.01,8708.711.2+504
Indian1,2835.43.51,0855.12.9+197
Italian1,1174.76.19654.56.1+153
German8103.43.37673.63.3+43
Greek6102.64.65722.74.6+38
Vietnamese4431.91.52531.21.0+190
Dutch3441.41.22911.41.3+52
Polish2561.11.01910.91.1+65
Sinhalese2491.01.12151.00.9+34
New Zealander2200.90.81930.90.8+27
French2040.90.81770.80.7+27
Welsh1420.60.61460.70.5-3
Thai1360.60.31680.80.3-32
Korean1350.60.51080.50.5+27
Indonesian1230.50.31230.60.30
Filipino1230.50.4850.40.3+38
Iranian1200.50.5860.40.3+34
Hungarian1060.40.41180.50.5-12
American1050.40.41140.50.5-10
Malay1020.40.4730.30.3+29
Other Arab peoples980.40.1510.20.1+47
Arab not further described970.40.1390.20.1+59
Japanese940.40.41150.50.4-21
Spanish920.40.4910.40.3+1
Croatian880.40.5950.40.5-7
Russian850.40.4890.40.5-4
Maltese840.40.4460.20.4+38
South African720.30.5580.30.5+14
Bengali690.30.1610.30.1+8
Inadequately Described690.30.5570.30.3+13
Iraqi590.20.130.00.0+56
Swedish590.30.2470.20.2+12
Lebanese560.20.3330.20.3+23
Colombian560.20.2370.20.1+19
Other Indian subcontinent460.20.2570.30.2-11
Macedonian430.20.3550.30.4-13
Danish430.20.3590.30.3-16
Slovene420.20.2490.20.1-7
Pakistani420.20.1190.10.1+23
Latvian410.20.2450.20.2-4
Austrian400.20.3470.20.3-7
Jewish360.20.2350.20.2+1
Tamil350.10.1170.10.1+18
Egyptian340.10.2280.10.2+5
Ukrainian340.10.2290.10.2+5
Serbian320.10.3480.20.3-16
Cypriot290.10.2320.20.2-4
Canadian280.10.2510.20.2-23
Swiss280.10.2520.20.2-24
Maori260.10.1280.10.1-2
Turkish250.10.2230.10.1+2
Portuguese240.10.1130.10.1+11
Nepalese230.10.1160.10.0+7
Khmer (Cambodian)220.10.0190.10.0+2
Czech200.10.2320.10.2-11
Brazilian180.10.1120.10.1+5
Taiwanese180.10.2140.10.1+4
Mexican170.10.140.00.0+13
Norwegian170.10.1180.10.1-1
Other South American160.10.1260.10.0-10
Lithuanian150.10.1210.10.1-7
Romanian150.10.1220.10.1-7
Other North American150.10.160.00.0+9
Peruvian140.10.0140.10.00
Other Eastern European140.10.1190.10.1-5
Bulgarian140.10.0110.10.0+3
Kurdish120.10.000.00.0+12
Other Southern and East African120.10.0230.10.1-11
Other Middle-Eastern peoples100.00.1240.10.1-14
Finnish100.00.1250.10.1-15
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,6126.84.91,3266.24.6+286

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% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.9% Chinese, City of Boroondara: 15.0% Indian, City of Boroondara: 3.5% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% Vietnamese, City of Boroondara: 1.5% English, Hawthorn: 31.0% Australian, Hawthorn: 24.4% Irish, Hawthorn: 13.7% Scottish, Hawthorn: 11.0% Chinese, Hawthorn: 10.0% Indian, Hawthorn: 5.4% Italian, Hawthorn: 4.7% German, Hawthorn: 3.4% Greek, Hawthorn: 2.6% Vietnamese, Hawthorn: 1.9%
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, Hawthorn: +825 Australian, Hawthorn: -11 Irish, Hawthorn: +348 Scottish, Hawthorn: +254 Chinese, Hawthorn: +504 Indian, Hawthorn: +197 Italian, Hawthorn: +153 German, Hawthorn: +43 Greek, Hawthorn: +38 Vietnamese, Hawthorn: +190
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 Hawthorn in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (7,361 people or 31.0%)
  • Australian (5,794 people or 24.4%)
  • Irish (3,262 people or 13.7%)
  • Scottish (2,609 people or 11.0%)
  • Chinese (2,374 people or 10.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 21,400 responses in total, or 90.06% 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 (5.4% compared to 3.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (31.0% compared to 29.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (10.0% compared to 15.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Greek ancestry (2.6% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+825 persons)
  • Chinese (+504 persons)
  • Irish (+348 persons)
  • Scottish (+254 persons)

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