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The three largest ancestries in Ferntree Gully in 2016 were English, Australian 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 Ferntree Gully 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 Ferntree Gully'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
Ferntree Gully - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
English
9,88237.531.59,77737.631.9+105
Australian
9,25135.129.29,75437.532.4-503
map this data in atlas.idIrish2,92711.19.22,60310.08.4+324
map this data in atlas.idScottish2,5179.68.12,2498.77.8+269
Chinese
1,4535.511.18833.47.6+570
German
1,2264.74.01,2624.94.1-37
Italian
1,1754.54.91,1994.65.0-24
Dutch
7452.82.48813.42.7-136
Indian
5712.23.73391.32.8+233
Sinhalese
4121.62.62841.12.0+128
Greek
4101.62.33471.32.2+63
Filipino
2791.11.22661.01.0+13
Polish
2440.90.92320.91.0+12
South African
1800.70.61610.60.6+19
Welsh
1650.60.61690.70.5-4
Maltese
1590.60.61770.70.7-18
New Zealander
1440.50.61760.70.7-32
Hungarian
1360.50.71380.50.7-2
Vietnamese
1200.50.9680.30.7+52
Korean
1140.40.5570.20.2+57
Iranian
910.30.5550.20.3+36
French
890.30.5890.30.50
Croatian
850.30.5980.40.5-13
Spanish
850.30.4880.30.4-4
Serbian
810.30.5930.40.5-12
Egyptian
760.30.5570.20.4+19
American
730.30.2650.30.2+8
Inadequately Described
700.30.5890.30.4-19
Maori
690.30.21090.40.3-41
Malay
630.20.5320.10.3+31
Thai
610.20.3510.20.2+10
Danish
600.20.2440.20.2+17
Indonesian
580.20.3390.20.2+19
Austrian
550.20.3910.40.3-36
Russian
460.20.3730.30.3-27
Lao
450.20.1470.20.1-1
Mauritian
440.20.3480.20.3-4
Swiss
390.10.2410.20.2-2
Portuguese
380.10.2300.10.1+8
Other Indian subcontinent
370.10.2190.10.2+18
Khmer (Cambodian)
360.10.4290.10.3+8
Chilean
360.10.2240.10.2+11
Tamil
360.10.3310.10.3+6
Afghan
300.10.2220.10.2+8
Ukrainian
290.10.2410.20.1-13
Zimbabwean
290.10.0130.10.0+16
Lebanese
280.10.3700.30.4-42
Nepalese
260.10.1110.00.1+16
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Ferntree Gully - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,1374.34.41,1054.34.2+32

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, City of Knox: 31.5% Australian, City of Knox: 29.2% Irish, City of Knox: 9.2% Scottish, City of Knox: 8.1% Chinese, City of Knox: 11.1% German, City of Knox: 4.0% Italian, City of Knox: 4.9% Dutch, City of Knox: 2.4% Indian, City of Knox: 3.7% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 2.6% English, Ferntree Gully: 37.5% Australian, Ferntree Gully: 35.1% Irish, Ferntree Gully: 11.1% Scottish, Ferntree Gully: 9.6% Chinese, Ferntree Gully: 5.5% German, Ferntree Gully: 4.7% Italian, Ferntree Gully: 4.5% Dutch, Ferntree Gully: 2.8% Indian, Ferntree Gully: 2.2% Sinhalese, Ferntree Gully: 1.6%
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, Ferntree Gully: +105 Australian, Ferntree Gully: -503 Irish, Ferntree Gully: +324 Scottish, Ferntree Gully: +269 Chinese, Ferntree Gully: +570 German, Ferntree Gully: -37 Italian, Ferntree Gully: -24 Dutch, Ferntree Gully: -136 Indian, Ferntree Gully: +233 Sinhalese, Ferntree Gully: +128
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 Ferntree Gully in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (9,882 people or 37.5%)
  • Australian (9,251 people or 35.1%)
  • Irish (2,927 people or 11.1%)
  • Scottish (2,517 people or 9.6%)
  • Chinese (1,453 people or 5.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 26,030 responses in total, or 98.77% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Ferntree Gully and the City of Knox were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (37.5% compared to 31.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (35.1% compared to 29.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (11.1% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (5.5% compared to 11.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+570 persons)
  • Australian (-503 persons)
  • Irish (+324 persons)
  • Scottish (+269 persons)

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