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In 2011, 20% of people in Kew, 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 Kew. 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, Kew'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
Kew - (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
United Kingdom9003.83.88463.83.9+54
China8683.74.25782.62.7+290
Malaysia4121.81.83601.61.7+52
India4061.72.22651.21.7+141
New Zealand3781.61.73011.31.5+77
Italy2991.31.13191.41.3-19
Greece2811.21.13141.41.3-34
Vietnam2641.10.92130.90.7+51
Hong Kong2261.01.02601.21.1-34
United States of America1680.70.71430.60.6+25
Germany1310.60.4980.40.5+33
Taiwan1250.50.51570.70.5-31
South Africa1190.50.61480.70.6-29
Singapore1140.50.51040.50.5+10
Poland870.40.3790.40.3+8
Ireland870.40.3820.40.3+5
Sri Lanka830.40.7620.30.6+21
South Korea800.30.4680.30.3+12
Japan760.30.3730.30.3+3
Thailand750.30.3480.20.3+27
Indonesia650.30.5760.30.5-11
Canada610.30.2420.20.2+18
Iran610.30.2440.20.1+17
Philippines590.20.2410.20.2+18
Croatia520.20.1670.30.2-15
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)470.20.2370.20.2+10
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia420.20.1310.10.1+11
Slovenia410.20.0280.10.0+13
Netherlands380.20.2420.20.2-4
Hungary360.20.1260.10.2+10
Turkey350.10.1160.10.1+19
Lebanon320.10.1120.10.1+20
Egypt320.10.2320.10.10
Austria310.10.1260.10.1+5
France290.10.2310.10.2-2
Cyprus280.10.1260.10.1+2
Russian Federation260.10.1120.10.1+14
Fiji240.10.1130.10.1+11
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Kew - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Total overseas born6,42827.428.25,62625.025.5+802
Non-English speaking backgrounds4,71620.120.84,06418.118.4+652
Main English speaking countries1,7127.37.41,5626.97.1+150
Australia15,87667.667.715,32468.168.9+553
Not stated1,1865.04.11,5596.95.6-374

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% Malaysia, City of Boroondara: 1.8% India, City of Boroondara: 2.2% New Zealand, City of Boroondara: 1.7% Italy, City of Boroondara: 1.1% Greece, City of Boroondara: 1.1% Vietnam, City of Boroondara: 0.9% Hong Kong, City of Boroondara: 1.0% United States of America, City of Boroondara: 0.7% United Kingdom, Kew: 3.8% China, Kew: 3.7% Malaysia, Kew: 1.8% India, Kew: 1.7% New Zealand, Kew: 1.6% Italy, Kew: 1.3% Greece, Kew: 1.2% Vietnam, Kew: 1.1% Hong Kong, Kew: 1.0% United States of America, Kew: 0.7%
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, Kew: +54 China, Kew: +290 Malaysia, Kew: +52 India, Kew: +141 New Zealand, Kew: +77 Italy, Kew: -19 Greece, Kew: -34 Vietnam, Kew: +51 Hong Kong, Kew: -34 United States of America, Kew: +25
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 Kew 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, 27.4% of the population was born overseas, and 20.1% 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 Kew was China, where 3.7% of the population, or 868 people, were born.

There were no major differences between Kew and City of Boroondara in 2011.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 802 or 14.3%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 652 or 16.0%.

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

  • China (+290 persons)
  • India (+141 persons)
  • New Zealand (+77 persons)
  • United Kingdom (+54 persons)

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