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The three largest ancestries in Melton in 2011 were English, Australian 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 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 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
Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
English
2,70334.923.02,44133.323.7+262
Australian
2,68934.725.72,69936.830.2-10
Irish
81810.66.075710.36.3+61
Scottish
6318.15.25828.05.5+49
map this data in atlas.idMaltese3744.87.93504.88.0+25
map this data in atlas.idItalian2943.87.02343.26.8+61
German
2833.62.72763.83.1+7
Greek
1411.82.61251.72.8+17
Polish
1251.61.31091.51.5+17
Chinese
1061.42.6550.81.8+51
Dutch
1061.41.1991.41.3+7
Serbian
1011.31.2851.21.3+16
Maori
891.10.6370.50.4+52
Croatian
801.02.0660.92.0+14
Filipino
781.03.5400.52.7+38
Indian
710.93.4330.41.9+39
New Zealander
610.80.6520.70.5+9
Samoan
610.80.600.00.3+61
Welsh
480.60.3470.60.4+1
Inadequately Described
460.60.5130.20.3+33
Spanish
440.60.9520.71.0-8
French
400.50.4360.50.4+4
Macedonian
390.52.5330.52.2+6
Turkish
390.51.1270.41.1+12
Sudanese
340.40.500.00.1+34
Egyptian
290.40.6310.40.5-2
Albanian
280.40.4230.30.4+5
Lebanese
250.30.8110.20.6+14
Austrian
220.30.280.10.2+14
Hungarian
210.30.4320.40.5-11
South African
210.30.2100.10.2+11
Ukrainian
200.30.3320.40.3-12
Sinhalese
200.31.0150.20.7+5
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Not stated5036.57.56388.78.4-135

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 English, City of Melton: 23.0% Australian, City of Melton: 25.7% Irish, City of Melton: 6.0% Scottish, City of Melton: 5.2% Maltese, City of Melton: 7.9% Italian, City of Melton: 7.0% German, City of Melton: 2.7% Greek, City of Melton: 2.6% Polish, City of Melton: 1.3% Chinese, City of Melton: 2.6% English, Melton: 34.9% Australian, Melton: 34.7% Irish, Melton: 10.6% Scottish, Melton: 8.1% Maltese, Melton: 4.8% Italian, Melton: 3.8% German, Melton: 3.6% Greek, Melton: 1.8% Polish, Melton: 1.6% Chinese, Melton: 1.4%
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 English, Melton: +262 Australian, Melton: -10 Irish, Melton: +61 Scottish, Melton: +49 Maltese, Melton: +25 Italian, Melton: +61 German, Melton: +7 Greek, Melton: +17 Polish, Melton: +17 Chinese, Melton: +51
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 Melton in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (2,703 people or 34.9%)
  • Australian (2,689 people or 34.7%)
  • Irish (818 people or 10.6%)
  • Scottish (631 people or 8.1%)
  • Maltese (374 people or 4.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 7,215 responses in total, or 93.09% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (34.9% compared to 23.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (34.7% compared to 25.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (10.6% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (3.8% compared to 7.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+262 persons)
  • Irish (+61 persons)
  • Samoan (+61 persons)
  • Italian (+61 persons)

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