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In 2016, 33% of people in Balwyn, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in Balwyn. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, Balwyn's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual birthplace 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:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Balwyn - Overseas born (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
China1,77313.56.61,2099.34.2+565
United Kingdom4103.13.54673.63.8-57
Malaysia4033.12.03893.01.8+14
India3652.82.42722.12.2+93
Hong Kong2592.01.12371.81.0+23
New Zealand1831.41.61941.51.7-12
Vietnam1731.31.21301.00.9+43
Greece1591.21.01511.21.1+8
Taiwan1541.20.51391.10.5+14
Sri Lanka1130.90.7870.70.7+26
Singapore1080.80.61291.00.5-21
Italy1000.80.91361.01.1-36
Indonesia940.70.4700.50.5+24
South Korea790.60.4860.70.4-7
South Africa670.50.6810.60.6-13
Philippines620.50.3510.40.2+11
United States of America520.40.6800.60.7-28
Iran460.40.4430.30.2+3
Thailand320.30.3300.20.3+3
Germany310.20.4420.30.4-10
Poland260.20.2440.30.3-18
Egypt240.20.2320.20.2-8
Japan240.20.2410.30.3-17
Netherlands200.20.2320.30.2-12
Turkey200.20.1190.20.1+1
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Balwyn - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Total overseas born5,08838.730.94,70736.128.2+382
Non-English speaking backgrounds4,34833.124.03,83229.420.8+517
Main English speaking countries7405.66.98746.77.4-135
Australia7,44856.764.27,93760.867.7-489
Not stated6044.64.94023.14.1+202

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2016
Birthplace, 2016 China, City of Boroondara: 6.6% United Kingdom, City of Boroondara: 3.5% Malaysia, City of Boroondara: 2.0% India, City of Boroondara: 2.4% Hong Kong, City of Boroondara: 1.1% New Zealand, City of Boroondara: 1.6% Vietnam, City of Boroondara: 1.2% Greece, City of Boroondara: 1.0% Taiwan, City of Boroondara: 0.5% Sri Lanka, City of Boroondara: 0.7% China, Balwyn: 13.5% United Kingdom, Balwyn: 3.1% Malaysia, Balwyn: 3.1% India, Balwyn: 2.8% Hong Kong, Balwyn: 2.0% New Zealand, Balwyn: 1.4% Vietnam, Balwyn: 1.3% Greece, Balwyn: 1.2% Taiwan, Balwyn: 1.2% Sri Lanka, Balwyn: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016
Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016 China, Balwyn: +565 United Kingdom, Balwyn: -57 Malaysia, Balwyn: +14 India, Balwyn: +93 Hong Kong, Balwyn: +23 New Zealand, Balwyn: -12 Vietnam, Balwyn: +43 Greece, Balwyn: +8 Taiwan, Balwyn: +14 Sri Lanka, Balwyn: +26
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 country of birth of the population in Balwyn in 2016 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas, as well as a larger proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 38.7% of the population was born overseas, and 33.1% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 30.9% and 24.0% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in Balwyn was China, where 13.5% of the population, or 1,773 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in Balwyn and the City of Boroondara were:

  • A larger percentage of people born in China (13.5% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Malaysia (3.1% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people born overseas increased by 381 or 8.1%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 516 or 13.5%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were for those born in:

  • China (+565 persons)
  • India (+93 persons)
  • United Kingdom (-57 persons)

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