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The three largest ancestries in the City of Knox in 2016 were English, Australian and Chinese.

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.

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 Knox - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
English
48,53031.526.647,56531.926.9+965
Australian
44,93929.224.048,44532.426.4-3,506
Chinese
17,15211.17.911,3957.66.1+5,757
map this data in atlas.idIrish14,2189.29.112,6108.48.8+1,608
map this data in atlas.idScottish12,5318.17.311,5907.87.2+941
Italian
7,4764.96.77,4075.07.0+69
German
6,2014.03.06,1344.13.0+67
Indian
5,7113.74.44,2222.83.2+1,489
Sinhalese
3,9502.61.53,0522.01.2+898
Dutch
3,6922.41.54,0432.71.6-351
Greek
3,4762.33.63,2632.23.9+213
Filipino
1,7731.21.31,4621.01.1+311
Polish
1,4530.91.11,4951.01.1-42
Vietnamese
1,3640.92.41,0050.72.0+359
Hungarian
1,0180.70.41,0260.70.5-8
New Zealander
9760.60.71,0250.70.7-49
Maltese
9610.61.51,0170.71.6-56
South African
8950.60.49370.60.4-42
Welsh
8540.60.57330.50.5+121
Inadequately Described
8110.50.75240.40.4+287
French
7790.50.67240.50.5+55
Egyptian
7730.50.36300.40.3+143
Korean
7570.50.43360.20.3+421
Serbian
7280.50.67090.50.7+19
Croatian
7250.50.87910.50.9-66
Malay
7210.50.34710.30.2+250
Iranian
7010.50.43960.30.2+305
Spanish
6660.40.55650.40.5+101
Khmer (Cambodian)
6150.40.45140.30.3+101
Tamil
4910.30.24510.30.2+40
Lebanese
4910.31.05290.41.0-38
Austrian
4620.30.24740.30.2-12
Indonesian
4520.30.33320.20.3+120
Mauritian
4490.30.34900.30.3-41
Russian
4300.30.53980.30.5+32
Thai
4040.30.32890.20.2+115
Afghan
3710.20.43310.20.2+40
Maori
3670.20.43780.30.4-11
American
3550.20.33600.20.3-5
Portuguese
3500.20.32130.10.2+137
Armenian
3410.20.13260.20.1+15
Other Indian subcontinent
3260.20.42480.20.2+78
Cypriot
2900.20.32650.20.2+25
Macedonian
2840.20.92980.21.0-14
Danish
2740.20.22640.20.2+10
Romanian
2610.20.22230.10.2+38
Turkish
2480.20.82370.20.8+11
Japanese
2430.20.31900.10.2+53
Chilean
2370.20.22820.20.2-45
Ukrainian
2350.20.32130.10.3+22
Swiss
2340.20.12430.20.1-9
Swedish
2300.10.21800.10.1+50
Pakistani
2290.10.41930.10.2+36
Latvian
2080.10.12710.20.1-63
Anglo-Indian
2050.10.12650.20.1-60
Lao
1970.10.12190.10.1-22
Fijian
1960.10.21700.10.1+26
Burmese peoples
1950.10.31020.10.2+93
Nepalese
1930.10.21370.10.1+56
Punjabi
1770.10.3740.00.1+103
Canadian
1740.10.11950.10.1-21
Czech
1730.10.11890.10.1-16
Slovene
1660.10.11690.10.1-3
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Not stated6,7394.46.26,3024.26.4+437

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% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 7.9% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 9.1% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.3% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 6.7% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 4.4% Sinhalese, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% Dutch, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% English, City of Knox: 31.5% Australian, City of Knox: 29.2% Chinese, City of Knox: 11.1% Irish, City of Knox: 9.2% Scottish, City of Knox: 8.1% Italian, City of Knox: 4.9% German, City of Knox: 4.0% Indian, City of Knox: 3.7% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 2.6% Dutch, City of Knox: 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 Knox: +965 Australian, City of Knox: -3,506 Chinese, City of Knox: +5,757 Irish, City of Knox: +1,608 Scottish, City of Knox: +941 Italian, City of Knox: +69 German, City of Knox: +67 Indian, City of Knox: +1,489 Sinhalese, City of Knox: +898 Dutch, City of Knox: -351
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 Knox in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (48,530 people or 31.5%)
  • Australian (44,939 people or 29.2%)
  • Chinese (17,152 people or 11.1%)
  • Irish (14,218 people or 9.2%)
  • Scottish (12,531 people or 8.1%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 137,370 responses in total, or 89.14% 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 (29.2% compared to 24.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (31.5% compared to 26.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (11.1% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.9% compared to 6.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+5,757 persons)
  • Australian (-3,506 persons)
  • Irish (+1,608 persons)
  • Indian (+1,489 persons)

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