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The three largest ancestries in Melton South 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 South 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 South'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 South - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
English
3,08634.623.02,92633.923.7+160
Australian
2,99433.625.73,32738.530.2-333
Irish
8179.26.08369.76.3-19
Scottish
7248.15.26127.15.5+112
map this data in atlas.idMaltese4324.87.94465.28.0-14
German
3594.02.73884.53.1-29
map this data in atlas.idItalian3534.07.02763.26.8+77
Dutch
1321.51.11641.91.3-32
Polish
1031.21.31431.71.5-40
Indian
1021.13.4590.71.9+43
Greek
971.12.6981.12.8-1
Serbian
901.01.2790.91.3+11
Chinese
881.02.6360.41.8+52
Filipino
881.03.5390.52.7+49
Maori
620.70.6450.50.4+17
New Zealander
580.70.6240.30.5+34
Croatian
550.62.0510.62.0+4
Macedonian
520.62.5170.22.2+35
French
480.50.4300.30.4+18
Sinhalese
460.51.0180.20.7+28
Welsh
430.50.3450.50.4-2
Samoan
380.40.6290.30.3+9
Spanish
360.40.9300.31.0+6
Hungarian
350.40.4470.50.5-12
Ukrainian
340.40.3310.40.3+3
Vietnamese
330.41.790.11.0+24
Inadequately Described
320.40.5220.30.3+10
Egyptian
310.30.6220.30.5+9
Turkish
290.31.1290.31.10
Lebanese
260.30.8280.30.6-2
Sudanese
220.20.500.00.1+22
Russian
220.20.2170.20.2+5
Portuguese
210.20.4300.30.4-9
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Melton South - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Not stated92310.47.58429.78.4+81

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% German, City of Melton: 2.7% Italian, City of Melton: 7.0% Dutch, City of Melton: 1.1% Polish, City of Melton: 1.3% Indian, City of Melton: 3.4% English, Melton South: 34.6% Australian, Melton South: 33.6% Irish, Melton South: 9.2% Scottish, Melton South: 8.1% Maltese, Melton South: 4.8% German, Melton South: 4.0% Italian, Melton South: 4.0% Dutch, Melton South: 1.5% Polish, Melton South: 1.2% Indian, Melton South: 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 English, Melton South: +160 Australian, Melton South: -333 Irish, Melton South: -19 Scottish, Melton South: +112 Maltese, Melton South: -14 German, Melton South: -29 Italian, Melton South: +77 Dutch, Melton South: -32 Polish, Melton South: -40 Indian, Melton South: +43
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 South in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (3,086 people or 34.6%)
  • Australian (2,994 people or 33.6%)
  • Irish (817 people or 9.2%)
  • Scottish (724 people or 8.1%)
  • Maltese (432 people or 4.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 8,053 responses in total, or 90.38% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (34.6% compared to 23.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (33.6% compared to 25.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (9.2% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (4.8% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-333 persons)
  • English (+160 persons)
  • Scottish (+112 persons)
  • Italian (+77 persons)

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