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In 2016, 14% of people in Ferntree Gully, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in Ferntree Gully. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, Ferntree Gully's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual birthplace 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:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Ferntree Gully - Overseas born (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
United Kingdom
1,3865.44.51,7466.75.4-360
map this data in atlas.idChina5062.03.92511.01.9+255
map this data in atlas.idIndia3821.52.62801.12.0+102
New Zealand
3791.51.33171.21.2+62
map this data in atlas.idSri Lanka3031.22.12090.81.8+93
map this data in atlas.idMalaysia2741.12.11870.71.8+87
Philippines
2200.90.92130.80.7+7
Germany
2200.90.72511.00.9-30
South Africa
1780.70.71990.80.8-21
Netherlands
1720.70.52100.80.7-38
Italy
1540.60.71930.70.8-39
Singapore
1010.40.6810.30.6+20
Vietnam
970.40.8620.20.8+36
South Korea
960.40.4430.20.2+53
Hong Kong
920.40.9640.20.7+29
Ireland
840.30.3930.40.3-9
United States of America
790.30.3590.20.2+20
Poland
720.30.3960.40.4-24
Iran
700.30.4370.10.2+33
Indonesia
670.30.4520.20.3+15
Greece
620.20.4450.20.4+16
Thailand
480.20.2390.20.2+10
Egypt
440.20.4300.10.4+15
Cambodia
300.10.3230.10.4+8
Kenya
290.10.1200.10.1+9
Chile
280.10.1300.10.2-2
Laos
250.10.1270.10.1-2
Malta
230.10.1490.20.1-27
Romania
170.10.1330.10.1-15
Mauritius
160.10.2270.10.3-11
Hungary
160.10.2460.20.2-30
Afghanistan
160.10.1190.10.2-3
Sudan
150.10.0100.00.0+5
Zimbabwe
150.10.1270.10.1-12
Taiwan
150.10.2160.10.1-1
Nepal
140.10.130.00.1+12
Pakistan
140.10.1140.10.1+1
El Salvador
130.10.0150.10.0-2
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)
130.10.2270.10.3-13
Japan
120.00.1130.10.1-2
Lebanon
120.00.1280.10.1-15
Fiji
120.00.290.00.2+3
Turkey
110.00.1130.10.1-3
Peru
110.00.060.00.0+5
Canada
100.00.1370.10.1-28
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Ferntree Gully - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born5,62621.830.15,68721.927.8-61
Non-English speaking backgrounds
3,50813.623.13,23212.419.7+276
Main English speaking countries
2,1188.27.12,4549.48.0-336
Australia
19,07073.865.519,49375.069.0-423
Not stated
1,1564.54.48203.23.2+336

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2016
Birthplace, 2016 United Kingdom, City of Knox: 4.5% China, City of Knox: 3.9% India, City of Knox: 2.6% New Zealand, City of Knox: 1.3% Sri Lanka, City of Knox: 2.1% Malaysia, City of Knox: 2.1% Philippines, City of Knox: 0.9% Germany, City of Knox: 0.7% South Africa, City of Knox: 0.7% Netherlands, City of Knox: 0.5% United Kingdom, Ferntree Gully: 5.4% China, Ferntree Gully: 2.0% India, Ferntree Gully: 1.5% New Zealand, Ferntree Gully: 1.5% Sri Lanka, Ferntree Gully: 1.2% Malaysia, Ferntree Gully: 1.1% Philippines, Ferntree Gully: 0.9% Germany, Ferntree Gully: 0.9% South Africa, Ferntree Gully: 0.7% Netherlands, Ferntree Gully: 0.7%
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 birthplace, 2011 to 2016
Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016 United Kingdom, Ferntree Gully: -360 China, Ferntree Gully: +255 India, Ferntree Gully: +102 New Zealand, Ferntree Gully: +62 Sri Lanka, Ferntree Gully: +93 Malaysia, Ferntree Gully: +87 Philippines, Ferntree Gully: +7 Germany, Ferntree Gully: -30 South Africa, Ferntree Gully: -21 Netherlands, Ferntree Gully: -38
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 country of birth of the population in Ferntree Gully in 2016 compared to the City of Knox shows that there was a smaller proportion of people born overseas, as well as a smaller proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 21.8% of the population was born overseas, and 13.6% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 30.1% and 23.1% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in Ferntree Gully was China, where 2.0% of the population, or 506 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in Ferntree Gully and the City of Knox were:

  • A smaller percentage of people born in China (2.0% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in India (1.5% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in Malaysia (1.1% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people born overseas decreased by 61 or 1.1%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 276 or 8.5%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were for those born in:

  • United Kingdom (-360 persons)
  • China (+255 persons)
  • India (+102 persons)
  • Sri Lanka (+93 persons)

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