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The three largest ancestries in Ferntree Gully in 2011 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.

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)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
English
9,77737.631.98,79635.430.5+981
Australian
9,75537.532.410,44642.136.8-691
map this data in atlas.idIrish2,60310.08.42,2359.08.1+368
map this data in atlas.idScottish2,2498.77.81,9938.07.2+256
German
1,2634.94.11,1414.64.1+122
Italian
1,1994.65.01,1574.74.9+43
Chinese
8843.47.64511.85.6+432
Dutch
8823.42.78503.42.9+31
Greek
3471.32.23241.32.2+24
Indian
3391.32.81840.72.0+155
Sinhalese
2841.12.01530.61.6+131
Filipino
2671.01.01230.50.8+144
Polish
2320.91.01860.81.0+46
New Zealander
1770.70.71610.60.6+16
Maltese
1770.70.71660.70.7+11
Welsh
1690.70.51630.70.6+7
South African
1610.60.61980.80.6-37
Hungarian
1390.50.71310.50.7+8
Maori
1100.40.3680.30.3+42
Croatian
980.40.5850.30.5+13
Serbian
940.40.51180.50.5-24
Austrian
910.40.3980.40.4-7
French
900.30.51290.50.5-39
Inadequately Described
890.30.4900.40.20
Spanish
890.30.4550.20.3+34
Russian
740.30.3560.20.2+18
Lebanese
710.30.4480.20.3+23
Vietnamese
690.30.7460.20.6+23
American
660.30.2430.20.2+23
Egyptian
580.20.4500.20.4+8
Korean
570.20.2120.00.1+45
Iranian
550.20.3270.10.2+29
Thai
510.20.2310.10.1+20
Mauritian
480.20.3490.20.3-1
Lao
470.20.1620.20.1-15
Danish
440.20.2470.20.2-3
Canadian
440.20.1290.10.1+15
Ukrainian
420.20.190.00.1+33
Swedish
410.20.1260.10.1+15
Swiss
410.20.2440.20.2-3
Indonesian
390.20.2100.00.1+29
Anglo-Indian
380.10.2250.10.2+13
Norwegian
370.10.1270.10.1+10
Czech
340.10.1260.10.1+8
Slovene
340.10.1170.10.1+17
Malay
330.10.3240.10.2+9
Tamil
310.10.3120.00.2+19
Portuguese
300.10.1160.10.1+14
Macedonian
300.10.2400.20.2-10
Japanese
290.10.1120.00.1+17
Khmer (Cambodian)
290.10.3120.00.3+17
Latvian
260.10.2310.10.2-5
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,1064.34.21,3885.65.5-282

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 English, City of Knox: 31.9% Australian, City of Knox: 32.4% Irish, City of Knox: 8.4% Scottish, City of Knox: 7.8% German, City of Knox: 4.1% Italian, City of Knox: 5.0% Chinese, City of Knox: 7.6% Dutch, City of Knox: 2.7% Greek, City of Knox: 2.2% Indian, City of Knox: 2.8% English, Ferntree Gully: 37.6% Australian, Ferntree Gully: 37.5% Irish, Ferntree Gully: 10.0% Scottish, Ferntree Gully: 8.7% German, Ferntree Gully: 4.9% Italian, Ferntree Gully: 4.6% Chinese, Ferntree Gully: 3.4% Dutch, Ferntree Gully: 3.4% Greek, Ferntree Gully: 1.3% Indian, Ferntree Gully: 1.3%
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 English, Ferntree Gully: +981 Australian, Ferntree Gully: -691 Irish, Ferntree Gully: +368 Scottish, Ferntree Gully: +256 German, Ferntree Gully: +122 Italian, Ferntree Gully: +43 Chinese, Ferntree Gully: +432 Dutch, Ferntree Gully: +31 Greek, Ferntree Gully: +24 Indian, Ferntree Gully: +155
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 Ferntree Gully in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (9,777 people or 37.6%)
  • Australian (9,755 people or 37.5%)
  • Irish (2,603 people or 10.0%)
  • Scottish (2,249 people or 8.7%)
  • German (1,263 people or 4.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 25,647 responses in total, or 98.68% 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 (37.6% compared to 31.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (37.5% compared to 32.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (10.0% compared to 8.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (3.4% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+981 persons)
  • Australian (-691 persons)
  • Chinese (+432 persons)
  • Irish (+368 persons)

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