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The three largest ancestries in Diggers Rest in 2011 were Australian, English 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 Diggers Rest 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 Diggers Rest'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
Diggers Rest - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Australian
73039.325.791342.630.2-183
English
65535.323.066531.023.7-10
Irish
18610.06.02129.96.3-26
Scottish
1477.95.21838.55.5-36
map this data in atlas.idItalian1377.47.01255.86.8+12
map this data in atlas.idMaltese673.67.9783.78.0-11
German
593.22.7713.33.1-12
Indian
231.23.4190.91.9+4
Dutch
231.21.1311.41.3-8
Croatian
211.12.0241.12.0-3

Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Diggers Rest - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Not stated1065.77.52109.88.4-104

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, City of Melton: 25.7% English, City of Melton: 23.0% Irish, City of Melton: 6.0% Scottish, City of Melton: 5.2% Italian, City of Melton: 7.0% Maltese, City of Melton: 7.9% German, City of Melton: 2.7% Indian, City of Melton: 3.4% Dutch, City of Melton: 1.1% Croatian, City of Melton: 2.0% Australian, Diggers Rest: 39.3% English, Diggers Rest: 35.3% Irish, Diggers Rest: 10.0% Scottish, Diggers Rest: 7.9% Italian, Diggers Rest: 7.4% Maltese, Diggers Rest: 3.6% German, Diggers Rest: 3.2% Indian, Diggers Rest: 1.2% Dutch, Diggers Rest: 1.2% Croatian, Diggers Rest: 1.1%
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, Diggers Rest: -183 English, Diggers Rest: -10 Irish, Diggers Rest: -26 Scottish, Diggers Rest: -36 Italian, Diggers Rest: +12 Maltese, Diggers Rest: -11 German, Diggers Rest: -12 Indian, Diggers Rest: +4 Dutch, Diggers Rest: -8 Croatian, Diggers Rest: -3
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 Diggers Rest in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (730 people or 39.3%)
  • English (655 people or 35.3%)
  • Irish (186 people or 10.0%)
  • Scottish (147 people or 7.9%)
  • Italian (137 people or 7.4%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 1,855 responses in total, or 99.95% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Diggers Rest and the City of Melton were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (39.3% compared to 25.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (35.3% compared to 23.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (10.0% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (3.6% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 was:

  • Australian (-183 persons)

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