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The three largest ancestries in the City of Melton in 2016 were Australian, English and Maltese.

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 the City of Melton 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 the City of Melton'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
City of Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Australian
32,66224.124.028,04525.726.4+4,617
English
30,43122.526.625,16023.026.9+5,271
map this data in atlas.idMaltese10,2747.61.58,5907.91.6+1,684
map this data in atlas.idItalian8,9746.66.77,6087.07.0+1,366
Irish
8,1586.09.16,5726.08.8+1,586
Scottish
6,8515.17.35,7235.27.2+1,128
Indian
6,8325.04.43,7523.43.2+3,080
Filipino
5,5354.11.33,8033.51.1+1,732
Chinese
3,9612.97.92,7912.66.1+1,170
German
3,5272.63.02,9362.73.0+591
Macedonian
3,4402.50.92,7682.51.0+672
Greek
3,3142.43.62,8002.63.9+514
Vietnamese
2,9122.22.41,8421.72.0+1,070
Croatian
2,4941.80.82,1702.00.9+324
Sudanese
1,6581.20.35280.50.2+1,130
Serbian
1,6561.20.61,2891.20.7+367
Polish
1,6561.21.11,4511.31.1+205
Sinhalese
1,6361.21.51,0951.01.2+541
Turkish
1,4171.00.81,2011.10.8+216
Dutch
1,3311.01.51,2011.11.6+130
Spanish
1,3271.00.59740.90.5+353
Samoan
1,2850.90.46360.60.3+649
Egyptian
1,1820.90.36870.60.3+495
Inadequately Described
1,1700.90.75450.50.4+625
Lebanese
1,1360.81.08510.81.0+285
Pakistani
8750.60.44450.40.2+430
New Zealander
8480.60.76360.60.7+212
Maori
7830.60.46330.60.4+150
Chilean
7590.60.26060.60.2+153
Albanian
7250.50.24900.40.2+235
Cypriot
6980.50.35520.50.2+146
Ethiopian
6950.50.23720.30.1+323
Other Indian subcontinent
6950.50.41580.10.2+537
Punjabi
6780.50.31240.10.1+554
Portuguese
5550.40.34400.40.2+115
Bosnian
5330.40.23820.30.2+151
Central and West African
5000.40.11230.10.1+377
French
4980.40.64080.40.5+90
Hungarian
4650.30.44570.40.5+8
Ukrainian
4240.30.33510.30.3+73
Fijian
4220.30.22810.30.1+141
Timorese
4110.30.12730.20.1+138
Welsh
3970.30.53550.30.5+42
Salvadoran
3870.30.12820.30.1+105
Thai
3520.30.31940.20.2+158
Burmese peoples
3100.20.3350.00.2+275
Romanian
3030.20.22400.20.2+63
Russian
2880.20.52100.20.5+78
South African
2840.20.42420.20.4+42
Malay
2730.20.31870.20.2+86
Indonesian
2720.20.31570.10.3+115
Bengali
2690.20.21590.10.1+110
Slovak
2630.20.12330.20.1+30
Tongan
2520.20.11760.20.1+76
Arab not further described
2510.20.21070.10.2+144
Mauritian
2440.20.31750.20.3+69
Assyrian/Chaldean
2350.20.31120.10.2+123
Argentinian
2340.20.11550.10.1+79
Afghan
2300.20.41480.10.2+82
American
2120.20.31700.20.3+42
Iraqi
2110.20.31130.10.2+98
Anglo-Indian
2070.20.12000.20.1+7
Iranian
2040.20.4940.10.2+110
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
2020.10.1780.10.0+124
Slovene
2010.10.11820.20.1+19
Other Southern and East African
1940.10.11130.10.1+81
Korean
1890.10.41470.10.3+42
Lao
1870.10.11580.10.1+29
Austrian
1810.10.21870.20.2-6
Cook Islander
1780.10.1970.10.1+81
Syrian
1710.10.11070.10.1+64
Tamil
1620.10.21300.10.2+32
Other North American
1550.10.1810.10.0+74
Other Polynesian
1520.10.0610.10.0+91
Australian Aboriginal
1520.10.1710.10.1+81
Nepalese
1470.10.260.00.1+141
Other South American
1410.10.11120.10.1+29
Japanese
1360.10.31080.10.2+28
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Not stated9,7477.26.28,2367.56.4+1,511

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 Australian, Greater Melbourne: 24.0% English, Greater Melbourne: 26.6% Maltese, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 6.7% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 9.1% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.3% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 4.4% Filipino, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 7.9% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Australian, City of Melton: 24.1% English, City of Melton: 22.5% Maltese, City of Melton: 7.6% Italian, City of Melton: 6.6% Irish, City of Melton: 6.0% Scottish, City of Melton: 5.1% Indian, City of Melton: 5.0% Filipino, City of Melton: 4.1% Chinese, City of Melton: 2.9% German, City of Melton: 2.6%
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 Australian, City of Melton: +4,617 English, City of Melton: +5,271 Maltese, City of Melton: +1,684 Italian, City of Melton: +1,366 Irish, City of Melton: +1,586 Scottish, City of Melton: +1,128 Indian, City of Melton: +3,080 Filipino, City of Melton: +1,732 Chinese, City of Melton: +1,170 German, City of Melton: +591
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 City of Melton in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (32,662 people or 24.1%)
  • English (30,431 people or 22.5%)
  • Maltese (10,274 people or 7.6%)
  • Italian (8,974 people or 6.6%)
  • Irish (8,158 people or 6.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 90,499 responses in total, or 66.82% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the City of Melton and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (7.6% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (2.9% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (22.5% compared to 26.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (6.0% compared to 9.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+5,271 persons)
  • Australian (+4,617 persons)
  • Indian (+3,080 persons)
  • Filipino (+1,732 persons)

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