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In 2011, 29% 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.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Balwyn - (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
China1,2099.34.26685.12.7+542
United Kingdom4673.63.85203.93.9-53
Malaysia3903.01.83672.81.7+23
India2732.12.21951.51.7+78
Hong Kong2371.81.02561.91.1-19
New Zealand1951.51.71811.41.5+14
Greece1521.21.11771.31.3-25
Taiwan1401.10.51361.00.5+4
Italy1361.01.11531.21.3-17
Vietnam1301.00.91210.90.7+10
Singapore1291.00.5870.70.5+42
Sri Lanka870.70.7780.60.6+9
South Korea860.70.4590.40.3+27
South Africa810.60.6920.70.6-10
United States of America800.60.7750.60.6+5
Indonesia700.50.5650.50.5+6
Philippines510.40.2190.10.2+32
Poland440.30.3550.40.3-10
Iran430.30.2240.20.1+19
Germany420.30.4580.40.5-16
Japan410.30.3190.10.3+22
Netherlands330.30.2460.40.2-14
Egypt320.20.2240.20.1+9
Thailand300.20.390.10.3+21
Ireland280.20.3360.30.3-8
France250.20.2110.10.2+15
Hungary250.20.1160.10.2+8
Pakistan250.20.1180.10.1+7
Canada230.20.2210.20.2+2
Croatia200.20.1270.20.2-7
Zimbabwe200.20.1210.20.1-1
Turkey200.20.1160.10.1+4
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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)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Total overseas born4,70736.128.23,98830.325.5+719
Non-English speaking backgrounds3,83229.420.83,06423.318.4+768
Main English speaking countries8756.77.49247.07.1-50
Australia7,93860.867.78,60365.368.9-665
Not stated4023.14.15884.55.6-186

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 China, City of Boroondara: 4.2% United Kingdom, City of Boroondara: 3.8% Malaysia, City of Boroondara: 1.8% India, City of Boroondara: 2.2% Hong Kong, City of Boroondara: 1.0% New Zealand, City of Boroondara: 1.7% Greece, City of Boroondara: 1.1% Taiwan, City of Boroondara: 0.5% Italy, City of Boroondara: 1.1% Vietnam, City of Boroondara: 0.9% China, Balwyn: 9.3% United Kingdom, Balwyn: 3.6% Malaysia, Balwyn: 3.0% India, Balwyn: 2.1% Hong Kong, Balwyn: 1.8% New Zealand, Balwyn: 1.5% Greece, Balwyn: 1.2% Taiwan, Balwyn: 1.1% Italy, Balwyn: 1.0% Vietnam, Balwyn: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 China, Balwyn: +542 United Kingdom, Balwyn: -53 Malaysia, Balwyn: +23 India, Balwyn: +78 Hong Kong, Balwyn: -19 New Zealand, Balwyn: +14 Greece, Balwyn: -25 Taiwan, Balwyn: +4 Italy, Balwyn: -17 Vietnam, Balwyn: +10
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 country of birth of the population in Balwyn in 2011 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, 36.1% of the population was born overseas, and 29.4% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 28.2% and 20.8% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in Balwyn was China, where 9.3% of the population, or 1,209 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 (9.3% compared to 4.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Malaysia (3.0% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 719 or 18.0%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 768 or 25.1%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • China (+542 persons)
  • India (+78 persons)
  • United Kingdom (-53 persons)

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