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The three largest ancestries in the City of Melton in 2011 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.

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)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Australian
28,04525.726.423,79930.230.2+4,246
English
25,16023.026.918,71023.725.7+6,450
map this data in atlas.idMaltese8,5907.91.66,2758.01.6+2,315
map this data in atlas.idItalian7,6087.07.05,3296.87.2+2,279
Irish
6,5726.08.85,0096.38.4+1,563
Scottish
5,7235.27.24,3115.56.7+1,412
Filipino
3,8033.51.12,1212.70.9+1,682
Indian
3,7523.43.21,5031.91.9+2,249
German
2,9362.73.02,4273.13.1+509
Greek
2,8002.63.92,2012.84.1+599
Chinese
2,7912.66.11,4121.85.0+1,379
Macedonian
2,7682.51.01,6972.21.0+1,071
Croatian
2,1702.00.91,5622.00.9+608
Vietnamese
1,8421.72.08091.01.7+1,033
Polish
1,4511.31.11,1741.51.2+277
Serbian
1,2891.20.71,0051.30.7+284
Turkish
1,2011.10.88401.10.8+361
Dutch
1,2011.11.69951.31.7+206
Sinhalese
1,0951.01.25890.71.0+506
Spanish
9740.90.57741.00.4+200
Lebanese
8510.81.04890.60.9+362
Egyptian
6870.60.33980.50.3+289
Samoan
6360.60.32660.30.2+370
New Zealander
6360.60.73640.50.6+272
Maori
6330.60.42890.40.3+344
Chilean
6060.60.24690.60.2+137
Cypriot
5520.50.21670.20.1+385
Inadequately Described
5450.50.42350.30.3+310
Sudanese
5280.50.2790.10.2+449
Albanian
4900.40.23010.40.2+189
Hungarian
4570.40.53660.50.5+91
Pakistani
4450.40.22190.30.1+226
Portuguese
4400.40.23150.40.2+125
French
4080.40.52950.40.5+113
Bosnian
3820.30.22140.30.2+168
Ethiopian
3720.30.11710.20.1+201
Welsh
3550.30.53080.40.5+47
Ukrainian
3510.30.32630.30.3+88
Salvadoran
2820.30.11940.20.1+88
Fijian
2810.30.1550.10.1+226
Timorese
2730.20.11670.20.1+106
South African
2420.20.41490.20.4+93
Romanian
2400.20.21810.20.2+59
Slovak
2330.20.11590.20.1+74
Russian
2100.20.51800.20.5+30
Anglo-Indian
2000.20.11540.20.1+46
Thai
1940.20.2960.10.2+98
Austrian
1870.20.21550.20.3+32
Malay
1870.20.2890.10.2+98
Slovene
1820.20.11270.20.1+55
Tongan
1760.20.1770.10.1+99
Mauritian
1750.20.31140.10.3+61
American
1700.20.31260.20.3+44
Bengali
1590.10.1460.10.1+113
Lao
1580.10.1840.10.1+74
Other Indian subcontinent
1580.10.2440.10.1+114
Indonesian
1570.10.3730.10.2+84
Argentinian
1550.10.11140.10.1+41
Afghan
1480.10.2420.10.2+106
Korean
1470.10.3300.00.2+117
Tamil
1300.10.2250.00.1+105
Punjabi
1240.10.1370.00.0+87
Central and West African
1230.10.1650.10.0+58
Iraqi
1130.10.2150.00.1+98
Other Southern and East African
1130.10.1450.10.1+68
Other South American
1120.10.1730.10.1+39
Assyrian/Chaldean
1120.10.2830.10.2+29
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Not stated8,2367.56.46,6678.48.1+1,569

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, Greater Melbourne: 26.4% English, Greater Melbourne: 26.9% Maltese, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 7.0% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 8.8% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.2% Filipino, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 3.2% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.9% Australian, City of Melton: 25.7% English, City of Melton: 23.0% Maltese, City of Melton: 7.9% Italian, City of Melton: 7.0% Irish, City of Melton: 6.0% Scottish, City of Melton: 5.2% Filipino, City of Melton: 3.5% Indian, City of Melton: 3.4% German, City of Melton: 2.7% Greek, City of Melton: 2.6%
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, City of Melton: +4,246 English, City of Melton: +6,450 Maltese, City of Melton: +2,315 Italian, City of Melton: +2,279 Irish, City of Melton: +1,563 Scottish, City of Melton: +1,412 Filipino, City of Melton: +1,682 Indian, City of Melton: +2,249 German, City of Melton: +509 Greek, City of Melton: +599
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 City of Melton in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (28,045 people or 25.7%)
  • English (25,160 people or 23.0%)
  • Maltese (8,590 people or 7.9%)
  • Italian (7,608 people or 7.0%)
  • Irish (6,572 people or 6.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 75,975 responses in total, or 69.54% 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 (7.9% compared to 1.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (23.0% compared to 26.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (2.6% compared to 6.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (6.0% compared to 8.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+6,450 persons)
  • Australian (+4,246 persons)
  • Maltese (+2,315 persons)
  • Italian (+2,279 persons)

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