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In 2011, 16% of people in Canterbury, 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 Canterbury. 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, Canterbury'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
Canterbury - (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
United Kingdom4385.63.83864.93.9+52
China2893.74.21211.52.7+168
New Zealand1602.11.71131.41.5+46
Malaysia1381.81.8861.11.7+52
India781.02.2791.01.7-1
United States of America730.90.7891.10.6-17
South Africa620.80.6420.50.6+19
Taiwan590.80.5370.50.5+23
Italy580.71.1600.81.3-2
Hong Kong500.61.0640.81.1-13
Sri Lanka410.50.7400.50.6+1
Greece380.51.1400.51.3-2
Germany350.40.4280.40.5+7
Ireland340.40.3210.30.3+14
South Korea310.40.4180.20.3+14
Vietnam270.30.9130.20.7+13
Singapore230.30.5310.40.5-7
Poland230.30.3270.30.3-4
France200.30.2110.10.2+9
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Total overseas born1,99225.628.21,65121.025.5+341
Non-English speaking backgrounds1,20815.520.897812.418.4+231
Main English speaking countries78410.17.46748.67.1+110
Australia5,56571.667.75,77773.468.9-212
Not stated2162.84.14445.65.6-228

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 United Kingdom, City of Boroondara: 3.8% China, City of Boroondara: 4.2% New Zealand, City of Boroondara: 1.7% Malaysia, City of Boroondara: 1.8% India, City of Boroondara: 2.2% United States of America, City of Boroondara: 0.7% South Africa, City of Boroondara: 0.6% Taiwan, City of Boroondara: 0.5% Italy, City of Boroondara: 1.1% Hong Kong, City of Boroondara: 1.0% United Kingdom, Canterbury: 5.6% China, Canterbury: 3.7% New Zealand, Canterbury: 2.1% Malaysia, Canterbury: 1.8% India, Canterbury: 1.0% United States of America, Canterbury: 0.9% South Africa, Canterbury: 0.8% Taiwan, Canterbury: 0.8% Italy, Canterbury: 0.7% Hong Kong, Canterbury: 0.6%
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 United Kingdom, Canterbury: +52 China, Canterbury: +168 New Zealand, Canterbury: +46 Malaysia, Canterbury: +52 India, Canterbury: -1 United States of America, Canterbury: -17 South Africa, Canterbury: +19 Taiwan, Canterbury: +23 Italy, Canterbury: -2 Hong Kong, Canterbury: -13
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 Canterbury in 2011 compared to the City of Boroondara shows that there was a smaller proportion of people born overseas, as well as a smaller proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 25.6% of the population was born overseas, and 15.5% 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 Canterbury was China, where 3.7% of the population, or 289 people, were born.

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

  • A larger percentage of people born in United Kingdom (5.6% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in India (1.0% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 341 or 20.7%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 230 or 23.5%.

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

  • China (+168 persons)
  • United Kingdom (+52 persons)
  • Malaysia (+52 persons)

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