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In 2016, 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.

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
Kew - Overseas born (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
United Kingdom8593.63.58993.83.8-40
New Zealand3581.51.63781.61.7-19
Hong Kong2491.01.12261.01.0+23
South Africa1530.60.61190.50.6+34
United States of America1290.50.61680.70.7-39
Sri Lanka880.40.7830.40.7+5
South Korea810.30.4790.30.4+1
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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)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Total overseas born6,43126.930.96,42727.428.2+4
Non-English speaking backgrounds4,83920.224.04,71520.120.8+124
Main English speaking countries1,5916.76.91,7127.37.4-120
Not stated1,5146.34.91,1855.04.1+329

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% New Zealand, City of Boroondara: 1.6% Vietnam, City of Boroondara: 1.2% Hong Kong, City of Boroondara: 1.1% Italy, City of Boroondara: 0.9% Greece, City of Boroondara: 1.0% South Africa, City of Boroondara: 0.6% China, Kew: 6.1% United Kingdom, Kew: 3.6% Malaysia, Kew: 1.8% India, Kew: 1.8% New Zealand, Kew: 1.5% Vietnam, Kew: 1.5% Hong Kong, Kew: 1.0% Italy, Kew: 1.0% Greece, Kew: 1.0% South Africa, Kew: 0.6%
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, Kew: +592 United Kingdom, Kew: -40 Malaysia, Kew: +28 India, Kew: +17 New Zealand, Kew: -19 Vietnam, Kew: +85 Hong Kong, Kew: +23 Italy, Kew: -52 Greece, Kew: -42 South Africa, Kew: +34
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the country of birth of the population in Kew in 2016 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, 26.9% of the population was born overseas, and 20.2% 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 Kew was China, where 6.1% of the population, or 1,459 people, were born.

There were no major differences between Kew and City of Boroondara in 2016.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people born overseas increased by 4 or 0.1%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 124 or 2.6%.

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

  • China (+592 persons)
  • Vietnam (+85 persons)
  • Italy (-52 persons)
  • Poland (-49 persons)

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