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The three largest ancestries in Rowville 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 Rowville 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'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
Rowville - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
English
9,02226.931.59,03126.631.9-9
Australian
8,87526.429.29,67728.532.4-803
Chinese
3,81311.411.12,8568.47.6+957
map this data in atlas.idIrish2,5607.69.22,2636.78.4+297
Italian
2,4957.44.92,4747.35.0+21
map this data in atlas.idScottish2,2116.68.12,1046.27.8+108
Indian
1,4904.43.71,2693.72.8+220
Sinhalese
1,3264.02.61,1493.42.0+176
Greek
1,1543.42.31,1033.22.2+51
German
1,0523.14.01,0493.14.1+3
Dutch
6762.02.47062.12.7-29
Egyptian
3921.20.53491.00.4+43
Filipino
3921.21.24001.21.0-8
Vietnamese
3741.10.93921.20.7-19
Polish
3661.10.94601.41.0-95
Maltese
2830.80.63291.00.7-46
Hungarian
2640.80.73000.90.7-36
South African
2270.70.62960.90.6-70
Croatian
2200.70.52890.90.5-69
French
2080.60.51810.50.5+27
Khmer (Cambodian)
2080.60.42060.60.3+2
New Zealander
1970.60.62390.70.7-42
Armenian
1960.60.21810.50.2+15
Mauritian
1820.50.32330.70.3-51
Iranian
1800.50.51220.40.3+58
Inadequately Described
1800.50.51310.40.4+49
Tamil
1780.50.31390.40.3+39
Serbian
1760.50.51910.60.5-16
Lebanese
1760.50.32160.60.4-40
Malay
1720.50.51630.50.3+9
Afghan
1440.40.21530.40.2-9
Spanish
1350.40.41480.40.4-13
Welsh
1330.40.61240.40.5+9
Korean
1280.40.51020.30.2+27
Indonesian
1260.40.3660.20.2+60
Portuguese
1250.40.2820.20.1+43
Macedonian
1090.30.2980.30.2+11
Russian
980.30.3880.30.3+10
Chilean
940.30.21240.40.2-30
Romanian
880.30.2840.20.1+4
Cypriot
830.20.2950.30.2-12
Other Indian subcontinent
740.20.2610.20.2+13
Thai
720.20.3380.10.2+35
Anglo-Indian
660.20.11060.30.2-41
Turkish
650.20.2680.20.2-3
American
600.20.2780.20.2-18
Austrian
580.20.3760.20.3-18
Pakistani
550.20.1690.20.1-15
Lao
540.20.1800.20.1-26
Fijian
510.20.1590.20.1-8
Timorese
490.10.0260.10.0+23
Japanese
460.10.2520.20.1-6
Slovene
420.10.1540.20.1-12
Maori
400.10.2740.20.3-34
Burmese peoples
380.10.1400.10.1-2
Punjabi
340.10.1190.10.0+15
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Rowville - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,0603.24.41,3373.94.2-277

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% Chinese, City of Knox: 11.1% Irish, City of Knox: 9.2% Italian, City of Knox: 4.9% Scottish, City of Knox: 8.1% Indian, City of Knox: 3.7% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 2.6% Greek, City of Knox: 2.3% German, City of Knox: 4.0% English, Rowville: 26.9% Australian, Rowville: 26.4% Chinese, Rowville: 11.4% Irish, Rowville: 7.6% Italian, Rowville: 7.4% Scottish, Rowville: 6.6% Indian, Rowville: 4.4% Sinhalese, Rowville: 4.0% Greek, Rowville: 3.4% German, Rowville: 3.1%
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, Rowville: -9 Australian, Rowville: -803 Chinese, Rowville: +957 Irish, Rowville: +297 Italian, Rowville: +21 Scottish, Rowville: +108 Indian, Rowville: +220 Sinhalese, Rowville: +176 Greek, Rowville: +51 German, Rowville: +3
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 Rowville in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (9,022 people or 26.9%)
  • Australian (8,875 people or 26.4%)
  • Chinese (3,813 people or 11.4%)
  • Irish (2,560 people or 7.6%)
  • Italian (2,495 people or 7.4%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 26,765 responses in total, or 79.73% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (7.4% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (26.9% compared to 31.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (26.4% compared to 29.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (7.6% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+957 persons)
  • Australian (-803 persons)
  • Irish (+297 persons)
  • Indian (+220 persons)

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