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The three largest ancestries in Melton West 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 Melton West 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 West'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 West - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Australian
5,04035.525.74,24741.130.2+793
English
4,70533.123.03,28931.923.7+1,416
Irish
1,1157.86.08318.16.3+283
Scottish
1,0627.55.28228.05.5+240
map this data in atlas.idMaltese7765.57.95785.68.0+198
map this data in atlas.idItalian6614.67.04874.76.8+174
German
5333.72.74324.23.1+101
Indian
2361.73.4660.61.9+170
Greek
2121.52.61551.52.8+57
Dutch
2011.41.11811.81.3+20
Polish
1931.41.31691.61.5+24
Croatian
1651.22.0991.02.0+66
Filipino
1451.03.5940.92.7+51
Samoan
1280.90.6550.50.3+73
Serbian
1210.91.2920.91.3+29
Chinese
1200.82.6470.51.8+73
Sudanese
1180.80.590.10.1+109
New Zealander
1170.80.6650.60.5+52
Maori
1030.70.6330.30.4+71
Lebanese
930.70.8480.50.6+45
Macedonian
920.62.5500.52.2+43
Turkish
870.61.1330.31.1+54
Sinhalese
830.61.0360.30.7+47
Spanish
810.60.9470.51.0+34
Vietnamese
690.51.7210.21.0+48
Hungarian
630.40.4530.50.5+10
Welsh
580.40.3570.60.4+1
Inadequately Described
550.40.5310.30.3+24
Chilean
540.40.6260.30.6+28
French
540.40.4500.50.4+5
Mauritian
380.30.2130.10.1+25
Ukrainian
320.20.3300.30.3+2
Tongan
320.20.290.10.1+23
Bengali
280.20.130.00.1+25
Fijian
280.20.340.00.1+24
Argentinian
260.20.130.00.1+23
Portuguese
260.20.4260.30.4-1
Egyptian
250.20.6130.10.5+12
Pakistani
250.20.480.10.3+17
South African
250.20.2220.20.2+3
Central and West African
240.20.1120.10.1+12
Austrian
240.20.2280.30.2-4
Cypriot
230.20.560.10.2+17
Danish
220.20.1160.20.1+6
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Melton West - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,0947.77.57096.98.4+385

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% Maltese, City of Melton: 7.9% Italian, City of Melton: 7.0% German, City of Melton: 2.7% Indian, City of Melton: 3.4% Greek, City of Melton: 2.6% Dutch, City of Melton: 1.1% Australian, Melton West: 35.5% English, Melton West: 33.1% Irish, Melton West: 7.8% Scottish, Melton West: 7.5% Maltese, Melton West: 5.5% Italian, Melton West: 4.6% German, Melton West: 3.7% Indian, Melton West: 1.7% Greek, Melton West: 1.5% Dutch, Melton West: 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 Australian, Melton West: +793 English, Melton West: +1,416 Irish, Melton West: +283 Scottish, Melton West: +240 Maltese, Melton West: +198 Italian, Melton West: +174 German, Melton West: +101 Indian, Melton West: +170 Greek, Melton West: +57 Dutch, Melton West: +20
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 West in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (5,040 people or 35.5%)
  • English (4,705 people or 33.1%)
  • Irish (1,115 people or 7.8%)
  • Scottish (1,062 people or 7.5%)
  • Maltese (776 people or 5.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 12,698 responses in total, or 89.34% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (33.1% compared to 23.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (35.5% compared to 25.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Filipino ancestry (1.0% compared to 3.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (5.5% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+1,416 persons)
  • Australian (+793 persons)
  • Irish (+283 persons)
  • Scottish (+240 persons)

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