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In 2011, 48% of people in Sunshine West, 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 Sunshine West. 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, Sunshine West'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
Sunshine West - (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idVietnam2,14312.89.81,94112.29.0+202
map this data in atlas.idMalta7044.22.98065.13.6-102
Greece
5483.31.36294.01.5-81
map this data in atlas.idIndia4242.54.31711.11.8+253
Italy
3612.22.04192.62.4-58
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
3572.11.84973.12.2-140
map this data in atlas.idPhilippines3552.12.93362.12.4+19
Cyprus
2991.80.83242.01.0-25
China
2631.61.11160.70.7+147
New Zealand
2351.41.32081.31.1+27
United Kingdom
2181.31.42711.71.6-53
Croatia
1821.11.51771.11.8+5
Sudan
1500.90.81500.90.70
Poland
1200.70.71521.00.9-32
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)
1200.70.91601.01.3-40
Turkey
1150.70.41160.70.4-1
Chile
940.60.4990.60.5-5
Ethiopia
820.50.3500.30.2+32
Germany
790.50.61020.60.7-23
Egypt
740.40.6770.50.6-3
Fiji
690.40.3610.40.3+8
Malaysia
670.40.4410.30.3+26
Sri Lanka
660.40.7370.20.5+29
Pakistan
620.40.4130.10.2+49
Hong Kong
570.30.3410.30.3+16
Albania
530.30.1430.30.1+10
Tonga
510.30.1290.20.1+22
Samoa
500.30.2440.30.2+6
Thailand
500.30.2300.20.1+20
Burma (Myanmar)
460.30.330.00.0+43
Lebanon
440.30.4410.30.5+3
Bosnia and Herzegovina
420.30.8590.40.9-17
Liberia
370.20.1160.10.0+21
Indonesia
360.20.2310.20.1+5
Romania
360.20.2430.30.2-7
Spain
330.20.1340.20.1-1
Eritrea
320.20.1140.10.1+18
El Salvador
310.20.3460.30.3-15
Bangladesh
290.20.2220.10.1+7
Papua New Guinea
290.20.080.10.0+21
United States of America
280.20.130.00.1+25
Kenya
280.20.1180.10.1+10
Sierra Leone
260.20.000.00.0+26
Ukraine
240.10.1320.20.2-8
Argentina
240.10.2180.10.2+6
Cambodia
230.10.1190.10.1+4
Mauritius
230.10.1250.20.1-2
Iraq
200.10.100.00.1+20
Ireland
200.10.1250.20.1-5
Colombia
200.10.170.00.0+13
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Sunshine West - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born8,58051.246.17,96450.143.3+616
map this data in atlas.idNon-English speaking backgrounds8,05848.143.07,44446.840.2+614
Main English speaking countries
5223.13.15203.33.0+2
Australia
6,98541.746.96,64941.849.3+336
Not stated
1,1777.07.01,2868.17.5-109

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 Vietnam, City of Brimbank: 9.8% Malta, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Greece, City of Brimbank: 1.3% India, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Italy, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, City of Brimbank: 1.8% Philippines, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Cyprus, City of Brimbank: 0.8% China, City of Brimbank: 1.1% New Zealand, City of Brimbank: 1.3% Vietnam, Sunshine West: 12.8% Malta, Sunshine West: 4.2% Greece, Sunshine West: 3.3% India, Sunshine West: 2.5% Italy, Sunshine West: 2.2% Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Sunshine West: 2.1% Philippines, Sunshine West: 2.1% Cyprus, Sunshine West: 1.8% China, Sunshine West: 1.6% New Zealand, Sunshine West: 1.4%
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 birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 Vietnam, Sunshine West: +202 Malta, Sunshine West: -102 Greece, Sunshine West: -81 India, Sunshine West: +253 Italy, Sunshine West: -58 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Sunshine West: -140 Philippines, Sunshine West: +19 Cyprus, Sunshine West: -25 China, Sunshine West: +147 New Zealand, Sunshine West: +27
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 Sunshine West in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank 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, 51.2% of the population was born overseas, and 48.1% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 46.1% and 43.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in Sunshine West was Vietnam, where 12.8% of the population, or 2,143 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in Sunshine West and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage of people born in Vietnam (12.8% compared to 9.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Greece (3.3% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Malta (4.2% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in India (2.5% compared to 4.3%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 616 or 7.7%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 614 or 8.2%.

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

  • India (+253 persons)
  • Vietnam (+202 persons)
  • China (+147 persons)
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (-140 persons)

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