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The three largest ancestries in the City of Knox in 2011 were Australian, English and Irish.

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 Knox 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 Knox'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 Knox - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Australian
48,44532.426.454,03136.830.2-5,586
English
47,56531.926.944,80730.525.7+2,758
map this data in atlas.idIrish12,6108.48.811,8268.18.4+784
map this data in atlas.idScottish11,5907.87.210,6187.26.7+972
Chinese
11,3957.66.18,2265.65.0+3,169
Italian
7,4075.07.07,2114.97.2+196
German
6,1344.13.06,0254.13.1+109
Indian
4,2222.83.22,9912.01.9+1,231
Dutch
4,0432.71.64,1892.91.7-146
Greek
3,2632.23.93,1652.24.1+98
Sinhalese
3,0522.01.22,4161.61.0+636
Polish
1,4951.01.11,4261.01.2+69
Filipino
1,4621.01.11,1920.80.9+270
Hungarian
1,0260.70.51,0570.70.5-31
New Zealander
1,0250.70.79520.60.6+73
Maltese
1,0170.71.61,0020.71.6+15
Vietnamese
1,0050.72.08320.61.7+173
South African
9370.60.49190.60.4+18
Croatian
7910.50.97490.50.9+42
Welsh
7330.50.58480.60.5-115
French
7240.50.57390.50.5-15
Serbian
7090.50.77940.50.7-85
Egyptian
6300.40.36250.40.3+5
Spanish
5650.40.55000.30.4+65
Lebanese
5290.41.05050.30.9+24
Inadequately Described
5240.40.43490.20.3+175
Khmer (Cambodian)
5140.30.34720.30.3+42
Mauritian
4900.30.35090.30.3-19
Austrian
4740.30.25180.40.3-44
Malay
4710.30.23560.20.2+115
Tamil
4510.30.22230.20.1+228
Russian
3980.30.53630.20.5+35
Iranian
3960.30.22810.20.1+115
Maori
3780.30.44050.30.3-27
American
3600.20.33550.20.3+5
Korean
3360.20.31470.10.2+189
Indonesian
3320.20.32110.10.2+121
Afghan
3310.20.22930.20.2+38
Armenian
3260.20.12990.20.1+27
Macedonian
2980.21.02380.21.0+60
Thai
2890.20.21700.10.2+119
Chilean
2820.20.22330.20.2+49
Latvian
2710.20.12490.20.1+22
Anglo-Indian
2650.20.12450.20.1+20
Cypriot
2650.20.21520.10.1+113
Danish
2640.20.22410.20.2+23
Other Indian subcontinent
2480.20.21870.10.1+61
Swiss
2430.20.12400.20.1+3
Turkish
2370.20.82640.20.8-27
Romanian
2230.10.22470.20.2-24
Lao
2190.10.11850.10.1+34
Portuguese
2130.10.21960.10.2+17
Ukrainian
2130.10.32120.10.3+1
Canadian
1950.10.11820.10.1+13
Pakistani
1930.10.2940.10.1+99
Japanese
1900.10.21510.10.2+39
Czech
1890.10.11690.10.1+20
Swedish
1800.10.11590.10.1+21
Fijian
1700.10.1700.00.1+100
Slovene
1690.10.11850.10.1-16
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Knox - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Not stated6,3024.26.48,0975.58.1-1,795

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% English, Greater Melbourne: 26.9% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 8.8% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.2% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 6.1% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 7.0% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 3.2% Dutch, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.9% Australian, City of Knox: 32.4% English, City of Knox: 31.9% Irish, City of Knox: 8.4% Scottish, City of Knox: 7.8% Chinese, City of Knox: 7.6% Italian, City of Knox: 5.0% German, City of Knox: 4.1% Indian, City of Knox: 2.8% Dutch, City of Knox: 2.7% Greek, City of Knox: 2.2%
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 Knox: -5,586 English, City of Knox: +2,758 Irish, City of Knox: +784 Scottish, City of Knox: +972 Chinese, City of Knox: +3,169 Italian, City of Knox: +196 German, City of Knox: +109 Indian, City of Knox: +1,231 Dutch, City of Knox: -146 Greek, City of Knox: +98
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 Knox in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (48,445 people or 32.4%)
  • English (47,565 people or 31.9%)
  • Irish (12,610 people or 8.4%)
  • Scottish (11,590 people or 7.8%)
  • Chinese (11,395 people or 7.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 131,605 responses in total, or 88.15% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (32.4% compared to 26.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (31.9% compared to 26.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (5.0% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Greek ancestry (2.2% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-5,586 persons)
  • Chinese (+3,169 persons)
  • English (+2,758 persons)
  • Indian (+1,231 persons)

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