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The three largest ancestries in the City of Brimbank in 2011 were Australian, Vietnamese and English.

Ancestry defines the cultural association and ethnic background of an individual going back three generations. Ancestry is a good measure of the total size of cultural groups in the City of Brimbank regardless of where they were born or what language they speak.

Ancestry data, should be combined with data on Birthplace, Language Spoken at Home and Religion for a more complete picture of the City of Brimbank's ethnic characteristics.

Please note that the "Australian Aboriginal" and "Torres Strait Islander" categories in this topic are not considered to be a reliable estimate of the indigenous peoples of Australia. For information on this group, please use the "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population" found on the Population page.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Australian
23,48912.926.425,32015.130.2-1,831
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese23,31212.82.017,96310.71.7+5,349
English
21,65311.826.919,81811.825.7+1,835
map this data in atlas.idItalian12,8597.07.013,1107.87.2-251
Maltese
12,2836.71.613,6578.11.6-1,374
Chinese
10,7155.96.18,5655.15.0+2,150
Indian
7,9074.33.23,6932.21.9+4,214
Greek
7,1353.93.97,6864.64.1-551
Filipino
6,6333.61.15,2103.10.9+1,423
Macedonian
5,9793.31.06,1833.71.0-204
Irish
5,6983.18.85,3703.28.4+328
Croatian
5,2602.90.95,8643.50.9-604
Scottish
4,5542.57.24,1462.56.7+408
German
3,1991.83.03,3992.03.1-200
Polish
3,0051.61.13,3402.01.2-335
Turkish
2,7571.50.83,0021.80.8-245
Serbian
2,6451.40.72,7691.60.7-124
Lebanese
1,8411.01.01,8501.10.9-9
Spanish
1,5410.80.51,4420.90.4+99
Sinhalese
1,5190.81.21,0910.61.0+428
Sudanese
1,5160.80.21,3400.80.2+176
Bosnian
1,2640.70.21,3410.80.2-77
Samoan
1,1310.60.36800.40.2+451
Cypriot
1,1140.60.25790.30.1+535
Egyptian
1,0910.60.31,0060.60.3+85
Albanian
1,0630.60.21,0910.60.2-28
Inadequately Described
9940.50.46550.40.3+339
Ukrainian
9380.50.31,0370.60.3-99
Chilean
9160.50.29050.50.2+11
Dutch
9110.51.61,0130.61.7-102
Maori
8560.50.47100.40.3+146
Pakistani
7390.40.23410.20.1+398
Ethiopian
6920.40.14330.30.1+259
Timorese
6720.40.15450.30.1+127
Punjabi
6150.30.12010.10.0+414
Hungarian
6110.30.57190.40.5-108
New Zealander
5610.30.74110.20.6+150
Other Indian subcontinent
5570.30.21970.10.1+360
Burmese peoples
5510.30.2470.00.1+504
Portuguese
5420.30.25930.40.2-51
Slovene
5070.30.15080.30.1-1
Other Southern and East African
4610.30.11000.10.1+361
Bengali
4510.20.11700.10.1+281
Tongan
4500.20.12700.20.1+180
Lao
4350.20.13830.20.1+52
Russian
4280.20.54290.30.5-1
Salvadoran
4260.20.14190.20.1+7
French
4140.20.53730.20.5+41
Central and West African
4020.20.11610.10.0+241
Romanian
4000.20.24220.30.2-22
Fijian
3750.20.11450.10.1+230
Anglo-Indian
3740.20.13600.20.1+14
Arab not further described
3640.20.22540.20.1+110
Thai
3460.20.22040.10.2+142
Nepalese
3160.20.1340.00.0+282
Syrian
2930.20.12440.10.1+49
Austrian
2900.20.23280.20.3-38
Argentinian
2860.20.13140.20.1-28
Eritrean
2820.20.11120.10.0+170
Slovak
2740.10.12840.20.1-10
Welsh
2710.10.52680.20.5+3
Mauritian
2500.10.31790.10.3+71
Malay
2430.10.21070.10.2+136
Indonesian
2420.10.31230.10.2+119
Tamil
2250.10.2870.10.1+138
Somali
2070.10.11620.10.1+45
Cook Islander
2050.10.11150.10.1+90
Assyrian/Chaldean
1900.10.21590.10.2+31
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Not stated16,7889.26.416,83110.08.1-43

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

Ancestry, 2011
Ancestry, 2011 Australian, Greater Melbourne: 26.4% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% English, Greater Melbourne: 26.9% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 7.0% Maltese, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 6.1% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 3.2% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.9% Filipino, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Macedonian, Greater Melbourne: 1.0% Australian, City of Brimbank: 12.9% Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 12.8% English, City of Brimbank: 11.8% Italian, City of Brimbank: 7.0% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 6.7% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 5.9% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.9% Filipino, City of Brimbank: 3.6% Macedonian, City of Brimbank: 3.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 Australian, City of Brimbank: -1,831 Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: +5,349 English, City of Brimbank: +1,835 Italian, City of Brimbank: -251 Maltese, City of Brimbank: -1,374 Chinese, City of Brimbank: +2,150 Indian, City of Brimbank: +4,214 Greek, City of Brimbank: -551 Filipino, City of Brimbank: +1,423 Macedonian, City of Brimbank: -204
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 ancestry responses of the population in City of Brimbank in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (23,489 people or 12.9%)
  • Vietnamese (23,312 people or 12.8%)
  • English (21,653 people or 11.8%)
  • Italian (12,859 people or 7.0%)
  • Maltese (12,283 people or 6.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 93,596 responses in total, or 51.22% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the City of Brimbank and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (12.8% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (11.8% compared to 26.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (12.9% compared to 26.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (3.1% compared to 8.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Vietnamese (+5,349 persons)
  • Indian (+4,214 persons)
  • Chinese (+2,150 persons)
  • English (+1,835 persons)

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