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The three largest ancestries in the City of Darebin in 2016 were English, Australian and Italian.

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 Darebin 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 Darebin'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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of ancestry 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:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
City of Darebin - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
English
33,33822.726.628,35120.826.9+4,987
Australian
30,19520.624.029,09121.326.4+1,104
map this data in atlas.idItalian19,98813.66.720,04214.77.0-54
map this data in atlas.idIrish15,62910.79.112,7099.38.8+2,920
Greek
12,3718.43.612,3159.03.9+56
Scottish
10,4167.17.38,3736.17.2+2,043
Chinese
9,3436.47.97,7115.76.1+1,632
Indian
5,3113.64.44,6703.43.2+641
German
3,9202.73.03,2482.43.0+672
Vietnamese
3,5552.42.42,7502.02.0+805
Macedonian
3,0732.10.93,3012.41.0-228
Lebanese
2,9262.01.02,9732.21.0-47
Dutch
1,5391.01.51,3831.01.6+156
Maltese
1,3981.01.51,4451.11.6-47
Filipino
1,2660.91.39440.71.1+322
Croatian
1,0930.70.81,0300.80.9+63
New Zealander
1,0790.70.78680.60.7+211
Sinhalese
1,0410.71.59570.71.2+84
Polish
1,0020.71.18680.61.1+134
Nepalese
9530.60.23840.30.1+569
Arab not further described
8630.60.25010.40.2+362
French
8580.60.66220.50.5+236
Inadequately Described
8510.60.75800.40.4+271
Spanish
8450.60.57250.50.5+120
Serbian
7390.50.66920.50.7+47
Welsh
7270.50.55690.40.5+158
Other Arab peoples
7200.50.14250.30.1+295
Somali
6500.40.24450.30.1+205
Iranian
5950.40.42730.20.2+322
Turkish
5660.40.85290.40.8+37
Pakistani
5540.40.43250.20.2+229
Cypriot
5100.30.34080.30.2+102
Other Indian subcontinent
4980.30.43880.30.2+110
Thai
4820.30.33440.30.2+138
Japanese
4760.30.33280.20.2+148
Egyptian
4350.30.34150.30.3+20
American
3970.30.33510.30.3+46
Hungarian
3950.30.43420.30.5+53
Bengali
3930.30.22860.20.1+107
Albanian
3860.30.23620.30.2+24
Russian
3640.20.53270.20.5+37
Malay
3640.20.33570.30.2+7
Maori
3470.20.43760.30.4-29
Portuguese
3450.20.33270.20.2+18
Punjabi
3280.20.32410.20.1+87
Indonesian
3140.20.32700.20.3+44
Australian Aboriginal
3050.20.12820.20.1+23
South African
2990.20.42160.20.4+83
Colombian
2830.20.11450.10.1+138
Mauritian
2790.20.32800.20.3-1
Swedish
2620.20.21820.10.1+80
Austrian
2580.20.22190.20.2+39
Danish
2490.20.21930.10.2+56
Iraqi
2420.20.31910.10.2+51
Korean
2340.20.41660.10.3+68
Ukrainian
2340.20.32380.20.3-4
Canadian
2310.20.11970.10.1+34
Syrian
2230.20.12220.20.1+1
Chilean
2160.10.21870.10.2+29
Slovene
1970.10.11800.10.1+17
Assyrian/Chaldean
1820.10.31730.10.2+9
Central and West African
1730.10.11150.10.1+58
Samoan
1720.10.41630.10.3+9
Latvian
1700.10.11580.10.1+12
Swiss
1690.10.11510.10.1+18
Tamil
1690.10.21310.10.2+38
Kurdish
1690.10.11210.10.0+48
Other Southern and East African
1670.10.12200.20.1-53
Norwegian
1620.10.11490.10.1+13
Fijian
1620.10.21650.10.1-3
Jewish
1470.10.2930.10.3+54
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Darebin - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Not stated10,3137.06.210,0407.46.4+273

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2016
Ancestry, 2016 English, Greater Melbourne: 26.6% Australian, Greater Melbourne: 24.0% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 6.7% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 9.1% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.3% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 7.9% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 4.4% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.4% English, City of Darebin: 22.7% Australian, City of Darebin: 20.6% Italian, City of Darebin: 13.6% Irish, City of Darebin: 10.7% Greek, City of Darebin: 8.4% Scottish, City of Darebin: 7.1% Chinese, City of Darebin: 6.4% Indian, City of Darebin: 3.6% German, City of Darebin: 2.7% Vietnamese, City of Darebin: 2.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 English, City of Darebin: +4,987 Australian, City of Darebin: +1,104 Italian, City of Darebin: -54 Irish, City of Darebin: +2,920 Greek, City of Darebin: +56 Scottish, City of Darebin: +2,043 Chinese, City of Darebin: +1,632 Indian, City of Darebin: +641 German, City of Darebin: +672 Vietnamese, City of Darebin: +805
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Darebin in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (33,338 people or 22.7%)
  • Australian (30,195 people or 20.6%)
  • Italian (19,988 people or 13.6%)
  • Irish (15,629 people or 10.7%)
  • Greek (12,371 people or 8.4%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 111,521 responses in total, or 76.01% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (13.6% compared to 6.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (8.4% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (22.7% compared to 26.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (20.6% compared to 24.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • English (+4,987 persons)
  • Irish (+2,920 persons)
  • Scottish (+2,043 persons)
  • Chinese (+1,632 persons)

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