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The three largest ancestries in Diggers Rest in 2016 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.

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
Diggers Rest - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Australian
87837.524.173039.325.7+148
English
81534.822.565535.323.0+160
Irish
26811.56.018610.06.0+82
map this data in atlas.idItalian1958.36.61377.47.0+58
Scottish
1878.05.11477.95.2+40
German
994.22.6593.22.7+40
map this data in atlas.idMaltese913.97.6673.67.9+24
Indian
592.55.0231.23.4+36
Filipino
512.24.1181.03.5+33
Dutch
421.81.0231.21.1+19
Greek
291.22.4140.82.6+15
Croatian
261.11.8211.12.0+5
Polish
231.01.2160.91.3+7
New Zealander
220.90.6181.00.6+4
Inadequately Described
200.90.970.40.5+13
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Diggers Rest - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Not stated1476.37.21065.77.5+41

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, City of Melton: 24.1% English, City of Melton: 22.5% Irish, City of Melton: 6.0% Italian, City of Melton: 6.6% Scottish, City of Melton: 5.1% German, City of Melton: 2.6% Maltese, City of Melton: 7.6% Indian, City of Melton: 5.0% Filipino, City of Melton: 4.1% Dutch, City of Melton: 1.0% Australian, Diggers Rest: 37.5% English, Diggers Rest: 34.8% Irish, Diggers Rest: 11.5% Italian, Diggers Rest: 8.3% Scottish, Diggers Rest: 8.0% German, Diggers Rest: 4.2% Maltese, Diggers Rest: 3.9% Indian, Diggers Rest: 2.5% Filipino, Diggers Rest: 2.2% Dutch, Diggers Rest: 1.8%
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, Diggers Rest: +148 English, Diggers Rest: +160 Irish, Diggers Rest: +82 Italian, Diggers Rest: +58 Scottish, Diggers Rest: +40 German, Diggers Rest: +40 Maltese, Diggers Rest: +24 Indian, Diggers Rest: +36 Filipino, Diggers Rest: +33 Dutch, Diggers Rest: +19
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 Diggers Rest in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (878 people or 37.5%)
  • English (815 people or 34.8%)
  • Irish (268 people or 11.5%)
  • Italian (195 people or 8.3%)
  • Scottish (187 people or 8.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 2,343 responses in total, or 100.17% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (37.5% compared to 24.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (34.8% compared to 22.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (11.5% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (3.9% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+160 persons)
  • Australian (+148 persons)
  • Irish (+82 persons)
  • Italian (+58 persons)

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