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The three largest ancestries in Rowville (Central) in 2011 were Australian, English 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 Rowville (Central) 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 Rowville (Central)'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
Rowville (Central) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Australian
4,28228.132.45,03232.236.8-751
English
4,13527.131.93,85224.730.5+283
Chinese
1,4589.67.61,2197.85.6+239
Italian
1,1177.35.01,1307.24.9-13
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,0657.08.41,0486.78.1+17
map this data in atlas.idScottish9606.37.89175.97.2+43
Indian
5293.52.84302.82.0+99
German
5113.44.14803.14.1+31
Greek
5013.32.24863.12.2+15
Sinhalese
3972.62.03492.21.6+48
Dutch
2891.92.73472.22.9-58
Filipino
2001.31.01771.10.8+23
Polish
1861.21.01761.11.0+10
Egyptian
1591.00.41911.20.4-32
Vietnamese
1461.00.71310.80.6+15
Khmer (Cambodian)
1410.90.3940.60.3+47
Croatian
1270.80.51601.00.5-33
Hungarian
1230.80.71360.90.7-13
Maltese
1140.70.71430.90.7-29
Armenian
1050.70.2930.60.2+12
South African
1010.70.61601.00.6-59
Serbian
980.60.51290.80.5-31
New Zealander
920.60.7750.50.6+17
Afghan
880.60.2530.30.2+35
Malay
860.60.3670.40.2+19
Lebanese
840.60.4800.50.3+4
French
770.50.5830.50.5-6
Mauritian
740.50.3920.60.3-18
Iranian
730.50.3420.30.2+31
Korean
670.40.2210.10.1+46
Inadequately Described
590.40.4230.10.2+36
Cypriot
550.40.250.00.1+50
Spanish
520.30.4740.50.3-22
Welsh
510.30.5530.30.6-2
Chilean
490.30.2300.20.2+19
Tamil
440.30.3190.10.2+25
Maori
440.30.3600.40.3-16
Russian
380.20.3190.10.2+19
Turkish
380.20.2440.30.2-6
Macedonian
380.20.2240.20.2+14
American
370.20.2350.20.2+2
Romanian
320.20.1420.30.2-10
Portuguese
310.20.1170.10.1+14
Anglo-Indian
310.20.2310.20.20
Indonesian
300.20.2290.20.1+1
Pakistani
300.20.1150.10.1+15
Slovene
280.20.1240.20.1+4
Japanese
280.20.1230.10.1+5
Austrian
280.20.3420.30.4-14
Danish
270.20.2210.10.2+6
Thai
260.20.2260.20.10
Iraqi
230.20.1170.10.0+6
Bengali
220.10.170.00.0+15
Canadian
210.10.1130.10.1+8
Slovak
210.10.1130.10.1+8
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Rowville (Central) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Not stated5703.74.29135.85.5-343

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, City of Knox: 32.4% English, City of Knox: 31.9% Chinese, City of Knox: 7.6% Italian, City of Knox: 5.0% Irish, City of Knox: 8.4% Scottish, City of Knox: 7.8% Indian, City of Knox: 2.8% German, City of Knox: 4.1% Greek, City of Knox: 2.2% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 2.0% Australian, Rowville (Central): 28.1% English, Rowville (Central): 27.1% Chinese, Rowville (Central): 9.6% Italian, Rowville (Central): 7.3% Irish, Rowville (Central): 7.0% Scottish, Rowville (Central): 6.3% Indian, Rowville (Central): 3.5% German, Rowville (Central): 3.4% Greek, Rowville (Central): 3.3% Sinhalese, Rowville (Central): 2.6%
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, Rowville (Central): -751 English, Rowville (Central): +283 Chinese, Rowville (Central): +239 Italian, Rowville (Central): -13 Irish, Rowville (Central): +17 Scottish, Rowville (Central): +43 Indian, Rowville (Central): +99 German, Rowville (Central): +31 Greek, Rowville (Central): +15 Sinhalese, Rowville (Central): +48
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 Rowville (Central) in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (4,282 people or 28.1%)
  • English (4,135 people or 27.1%)
  • Chinese (1,458 people or 9.6%)
  • Italian (1,117 people or 7.3%)
  • Irish (1,065 people or 7.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 12,057 responses in total, or 79.11% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Rowville (Central) and the City of Knox were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (7.3% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (9.6% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (27.1% compared to 31.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (28.1% compared to 32.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-751 persons)
  • English (+283 persons)
  • Chinese (+239 persons)
  • Indian (+99 persons)

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