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In 2011, 24% of people in Rowville, 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 Rowville. 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, Rowville's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Rowville - (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
United Kingdom
1,3984.15.41,5274.55.9-130
map this data in atlas.idSri Lanka9042.71.87832.31.4+121
map this data in atlas.idMalaysia7642.21.86281.91.4+136
map this data in atlas.idIndia7622.22.06561.91.4+106
map this data in atlas.idChina5491.61.93591.11.0+190
New Zealand
4121.21.24081.21.2+4
Italy
3901.10.84201.20.9-30
Vietnam
3481.00.83291.00.7+20
South Africa
3401.00.83401.00.70
Philippines
2890.80.73030.90.6-14
Egypt
2840.80.43170.90.4-33
Cambodia
2140.60.41970.60.4+17
Singapore
2070.60.61420.40.4+65
Greece
1900.60.41740.50.4+16
Poland
1870.60.42150.60.4-27
Mauritius
1850.50.32180.60.3-33
Germany
1730.50.92010.60.9-28
Hong Kong
1620.50.71450.40.5+18
Netherlands
1530.50.71870.60.8-34
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)
1390.40.31420.40.3-2
Fiji
1160.30.2870.30.2+29
Indonesia
1030.30.3530.20.2+50
Afghanistan
990.30.2910.30.1+8
Iran
940.30.2570.20.2+37
Chile
930.30.2770.20.2+16
Croatia
910.30.21210.40.2-30
Lebanon
880.30.11060.30.2-18
Ireland
840.20.3590.20.3+25
Hungary
780.20.2730.20.2+5
Romania
710.20.1460.10.1+25
Malta
640.20.1820.20.2-18
Thailand
640.20.2530.20.1+11
Turkey
630.20.1450.10.1+18
United States of America
620.20.2850.30.2-23
South Korea
620.20.2240.10.1+38
Iraq
590.20.1240.10.0+35
Taiwan
580.20.1480.10.1+10
Pakistan
580.20.1390.10.1+19
Bosnia and Herzegovina
560.20.1550.20.1+1
East Timor
540.20.1420.10.1+12
Cyprus
430.10.1460.10.1-3
Canada
420.10.1200.10.1+22
Burma (Myanmar)
420.10.0310.10.0+11
Japan
340.10.1210.10.1+13
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Rowville - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born10,42130.627.89,80729.025.2+614
map this data in atlas.idNon-English speaking backgrounds8,08323.819.77,36821.816.7+715
Main English speaking countries
2,3386.98.02,4397.28.5-101
Australia
22,59166.469.022,60666.870.3-15
Not stated
1,0043.03.21,4324.24.5-428

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 United Kingdom, City of Knox: 5.4% Sri Lanka, City of Knox: 1.8% Malaysia, City of Knox: 1.8% India, City of Knox: 2.0% China, City of Knox: 1.9% New Zealand, City of Knox: 1.2% Italy, City of Knox: 0.8% Vietnam, City of Knox: 0.8% South Africa, City of Knox: 0.8% Philippines, City of Knox: 0.7% United Kingdom, Rowville: 4.1% Sri Lanka, Rowville: 2.7% Malaysia, Rowville: 2.2% India, Rowville: 2.2% China, Rowville: 1.6% New Zealand, Rowville: 1.2% Italy, Rowville: 1.1% Vietnam, Rowville: 1.0% South Africa, Rowville: 1.0% Philippines, Rowville: 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 United Kingdom, Rowville: -130 Sri Lanka, Rowville: +121 Malaysia, Rowville: +136 India, Rowville: +106 China, Rowville: +190 New Zealand, Rowville: +4 Italy, Rowville: -30 Vietnam, Rowville: +20 South Africa, Rowville: 0 Philippines, Rowville: -14
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the country of birth of the population in Rowville in 2011 compared to the City of Knox shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas, as well as a larger proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 30.6% of the population was born overseas, and 23.8% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 27.8% and 19.7% respectively for the City of Knox.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in Rowville was Sri Lanka, where 2.7% of the population, or 904 people, were born.

The major difference between the countries of birth of the population in Rowville and the City of Knox was:

  • A smaller percentage of people born in United Kingdom (4.1% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 614 or 6.3%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 715 or 9.7%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • China (+190 persons)
  • Malaysia (+136 persons)
  • United Kingdom (-130 persons)
  • Sri Lanka (+121 persons)

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