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The three largest ancestries in Rowville 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 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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Rowville - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Australian
9,67828.532.410,85932.136.8-1,181
English
9,03126.631.98,29424.530.5+737
Chinese
2,8578.47.62,2616.75.6+596
Italian
2,4757.35.02,5047.44.9-29
map this data in atlas.idIrish2,2646.78.42,0796.18.1+185
map this data in atlas.idScottish2,1046.27.82,0115.97.2+93
Indian
1,2703.72.81,0803.22.0+190
Sinhalese
1,1503.42.01,0173.01.6+133
Greek
1,1043.22.21,0323.12.2+72
German
1,0503.14.11,0133.04.1+37
Dutch
7062.12.78222.42.9-115
Polish
4611.41.04331.31.0+28
Filipino
4011.21.04291.30.8-29
Vietnamese
3931.20.72980.90.6+94
Egyptian
3491.00.43901.20.4-41
Maltese
3291.00.73421.00.7-13
Hungarian
3000.90.73190.90.7-19
South African
2970.90.63070.90.6-10
Croatian
2900.90.53020.90.5-12
New Zealander
2390.70.71710.50.6+68
Mauritian
2330.70.32510.70.3-18
Lebanese
2160.60.42010.60.3+15
Khmer (Cambodian)
2060.60.31870.60.3+19
Serbian
1920.60.52450.70.5-53
French
1810.50.51940.60.5-13
Armenian
1810.50.21480.40.2+33
Malay
1640.50.31260.40.2+38
Afghan
1530.40.21300.40.2+23
Spanish
1490.40.41670.50.3-18
Tamil
1390.40.3490.10.2+90
Inadequately Described
1310.40.4640.20.2+67
Chilean
1240.40.2830.20.2+41
Welsh
1240.40.51270.40.6-3
Iranian
1220.40.3840.20.2+38
Anglo-Indian
1070.30.2910.30.2+16
Korean
1020.30.2300.10.1+72
Macedonian
980.30.2960.30.2+2
Cypriot
950.30.2230.10.1+72
Russian
880.30.3770.20.2+11
Romanian
840.20.1930.30.2-9
Portuguese
820.20.1750.20.1+7
Lao
800.20.1610.20.1+19
American
780.20.2770.20.2+1
Austrian
760.20.3900.30.4-14
Maori
740.20.3960.30.3-22
Pakistani
700.20.1410.10.1+29
Turkish
680.20.2770.20.2-9
Danish
680.20.2580.20.2+10
Indonesian
660.20.2700.20.1-4
Other Indian subcontinent
610.20.2570.20.1+4
Fijian
590.20.1150.00.0+44
Slovene
540.20.1540.20.10
Bengali
530.20.1260.10.0+27
Japanese
520.20.1350.10.1+17
Arab not further described
510.20.1580.20.1-7
Iraqi
500.10.1420.10.0+8
Bosnian
480.10.1480.10.10
Swiss
440.10.2380.10.2+6
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
400.10.0210.10.0+19
Burmese peoples
400.10.1350.10.1+5
Thai
380.10.2430.10.1-5
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,3383.94.21,8115.45.5-474

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% Sinhalese, City of Knox: 2.0% Greek, City of Knox: 2.2% German, City of Knox: 4.1% Australian, Rowville: 28.5% English, Rowville: 26.6% Chinese, Rowville: 8.4% Italian, Rowville: 7.3% Irish, Rowville: 6.7% Scottish, Rowville: 6.2% Indian, Rowville: 3.7% Sinhalese, Rowville: 3.4% Greek, Rowville: 3.2% German, Rowville: 3.1%
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: -1,181 English, Rowville: +737 Chinese, Rowville: +596 Italian, Rowville: -29 Irish, Rowville: +185 Scottish, Rowville: +93 Indian, Rowville: +190 Sinhalese, Rowville: +133 Greek, Rowville: +72 German, Rowville: +37
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 in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (9,678 people or 28.5%)
  • English (9,031 people or 26.6%)
  • Chinese (2,857 people or 8.4%)
  • Italian (2,475 people or 7.3%)
  • Irish (2,264 people or 6.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 26,305 responses in total, or 77.35% 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 (7.3% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (26.6% compared to 31.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (28.5% compared to 32.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (6.7% compared to 8.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-1,181 persons)
  • English (+737 persons)
  • Chinese (+596 persons)
  • Indian (+190 persons)

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