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Dandenong Foothills Policy Area

Ancestry

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The three largest ancestries in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area 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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area 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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area'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
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
English
11,67439.531.511,31938.831.9+355
Australian
10,96037.129.211,26038.632.4-300
map this data in atlas.idIrish3,37411.49.23,03010.48.4+344
map this data in atlas.idScottish3,01810.28.12,7279.37.8+291
German
1,6205.54.01,6225.64.1-2
Italian
1,4084.84.91,3774.75.0+32
Dutch
9453.22.41,0573.62.7-112
Chinese
9223.111.15131.87.6+410
Indian
3991.43.72330.82.8+166
Greek
3821.32.33541.22.2+28
Polish
3081.00.92660.91.0+42
Sinhalese
2690.92.62200.82.0+49
Welsh
2030.70.62280.80.5-26
Maltese
1830.60.62230.80.7-40
New Zealander
1750.60.62160.70.7-41
Filipino
1700.61.21810.61.0-11
Hungarian
1620.60.71340.50.7+28
French
1540.50.51240.40.5+30
South African
1420.50.61040.40.6+38
Austrian
1230.40.31360.50.3-13
Croatian
1120.40.51310.50.5-19
Serbian
870.30.5740.30.5+14
Inadequately Described
850.30.51380.50.4-53
Egyptian
800.30.5530.20.4+27
Vietnamese
790.30.9520.20.7+27
Spanish
760.30.4750.30.4+1
Mauritian
760.30.3560.20.3+20
American
650.20.2690.20.2-4
Russian
620.20.3730.30.3-12
Iranian
610.20.5400.10.3+21
Danish
580.20.2470.20.2+10
Thai
560.20.3460.20.2+10
Czech
520.20.1520.20.1-1
Indonesian
500.20.3370.10.2+12
Swiss
470.20.2740.30.2-27
Maori
440.10.2550.20.3-11
Romanian
420.10.2580.20.1-15
Ukrainian
420.10.2500.20.1-8
Swedish
400.10.1380.10.1+1
Korean
380.10.5260.10.2+12
Canadian
300.10.1650.20.1-35
Cypriot
290.10.2280.10.2+1
Macedonian
290.10.2240.10.2+5
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,5945.44.41,4825.14.2+113

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% German, City of Knox: 4.0% Italian, City of Knox: 4.9% Dutch, City of Knox: 2.4% Chinese, City of Knox: 11.1% Indian, City of Knox: 3.7% Greek, City of Knox: 2.3% English, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 39.5% Australian, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 37.1% Irish, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 11.4% Scottish, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 10.2% German, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 5.5% Italian, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 4.8% Dutch, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 3.2% Chinese, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 3.1% Indian, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.4% Greek, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 1.3%
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, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +355 Australian, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -300 Irish, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +344 Scottish, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +291 German, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -2 Italian, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +32 Dutch, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -112 Chinese, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +410 Indian, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +166 Greek, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +28
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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (11,674 people or 39.5%)
  • Australian (10,960 people or 37.1%)
  • Irish (3,374 people or 11.4%)
  • Scottish (3,018 people or 10.2%)
  • German (1,620 people or 5.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 30,646 responses in total, or 103.71% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area and the City of Knox were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (39.5% compared to 31.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (37.1% compared to 29.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (3.1% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Indian ancestry (1.4% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+410 persons)
  • English (+355 persons)
  • Irish (+344 persons)
  • Australian (-300 persons)

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