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The three largest ancestries in Kew 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 Kew 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 Kew'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
Kew - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
English6,86629.229.96,20327.628.2+663
Australian6,33327.028.27,23532.233.6-902
Irish3,17613.512.53,00213.311.8+174
Chinese2,48510.611.21,9908.89.1+495
Scottish2,2619.69.81,8338.18.8+428
Italian1,5066.46.11,4486.45.8+58
Greek9964.24.69494.24.6+47
German7843.33.37593.43.3+26
Indian5242.22.94081.82.3+116
Vietnamese3321.41.02561.10.8+77
Dutch2891.21.32641.21.2+25
Polish2781.21.12961.31.2-18
French1560.70.71440.60.7+12
New Zealander1420.60.81770.80.8-35
Croatian1410.60.51600.70.5-19
Japanese1280.50.41040.50.3+24
Welsh1240.50.51040.50.5+20
Russian1210.50.51050.50.4+16
Sinhalese1210.50.9810.40.7+40
Macedonian1170.50.4900.40.3+27
American1170.50.5910.40.5+26
Thai1130.50.3830.40.3+30
Austrian1070.50.31060.50.3+1
Maltese1000.40.4850.40.4+15
South African980.40.51170.50.4-19
Korean970.40.5680.30.3+29
Iranian960.40.3580.30.2+38
Malay940.40.3400.20.3+54
Hungarian910.40.5710.30.5+20
Lebanese890.40.3690.30.3+19
Serbian890.40.3760.30.3+13
Spanish710.30.3430.20.3+28
Latvian710.30.2640.30.2+7
Slovene680.30.1590.30.1+9
Swiss670.30.2480.20.2+19
Danish670.30.3820.40.3-15
Filipino640.30.3630.30.3+1
Inadequately Described630.30.3710.30.3-8
Egyptian540.20.2250.10.1+29
Czech530.20.2660.30.2-13
Jewish530.20.2640.30.2-11
Taiwanese480.20.1470.20.1+1
Canadian470.20.2310.10.2+16
Ukrainian450.20.2460.20.2-1
Other Indian subcontinent440.20.2170.10.1+27
Turkish420.20.1220.10.1+20
Cypriot390.20.2190.10.1+20
Swedish340.10.2650.30.2-31
Norwegian340.10.1480.20.1-14
Maori330.10.1230.10.1+10
Colombian320.10.190.00.0+23
Indonesian310.10.3500.20.3-19
Lithuanian310.10.1420.20.1-11
Chilean240.10.1180.10.1+6
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Kew - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,3625.84.61,7017.66.0-339

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% Chinese, City of Boroondara: 11.2% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.8% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Indian, City of Boroondara: 2.9% Vietnamese, City of Boroondara: 1.0% English, Kew: 29.2% Australian, Kew: 27.0% Irish, Kew: 13.5% Chinese, Kew: 10.6% Scottish, Kew: 9.6% Italian, Kew: 6.4% Greek, Kew: 4.2% German, Kew: 3.3% Indian, Kew: 2.2% Vietnamese, Kew: 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, Kew: +663 Australian, Kew: -902 Irish, Kew: +174 Chinese, Kew: +495 Scottish, Kew: +428 Italian, Kew: +58 Greek, Kew: +47 German, Kew: +26 Indian, Kew: +116 Vietnamese, Kew: +77
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 Kew in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (6,866 people or 29.2%)
  • Australian (6,333 people or 27.0%)
  • Irish (3,176 people or 13.5%)
  • Chinese (2,485 people or 10.6%)
  • Scottish (2,261 people or 9.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 21,121 responses in total, or 89.92% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (13.5% compared to 12.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (27.0% compared to 28.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-902 persons)
  • English (+663 persons)
  • Chinese (+495 persons)
  • Scottish (+428 persons)

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