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The three largest ancestries in Melton Township 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 Township 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 Township'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 Township - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Australian
15,87134.325.714,30139.430.2+1,570
English
15,32533.223.011,84932.723.7+3,475
Irish
4,0178.76.03,2158.96.3+802
Scottish
3,5397.75.22,7627.65.5+776
map this data in atlas.idMaltese2,6135.77.92,0655.78.0+547
map this data in atlas.idItalian2,0324.47.01,5134.26.8+520
German
1,6793.62.71,5084.23.1+171
Dutch
6681.41.16091.71.3+58
Greek
6521.42.65401.52.8+113
Indian
6341.43.41950.51.9+440
Polish
5881.31.35881.61.50
Filipino
5261.13.52430.72.7+283
Serbian
4931.11.23571.01.3+136
Chinese
4911.12.62080.61.8+283
Croatian
4601.02.02940.82.0+167
Maori
3940.90.61630.50.4+231
Sudanese
3940.90.5170.00.1+377
Samoan
3710.80.61380.40.3+233
New Zealander
3400.70.61930.50.5+147
Macedonian
3020.72.51490.42.2+153
Spanish
2770.60.91710.51.0+106
Sinhalese
2390.51.01210.30.7+118
French
2320.50.41450.40.4+87
Turkish
2290.51.11440.41.1+85
Welsh
2250.50.31980.50.4+27
Hungarian
2080.50.42030.60.5+5
Inadequately Described
2070.40.5840.20.3+123
Vietnamese
2040.41.7760.21.0+128
Lebanese
1860.40.81110.30.6+76
Chilean
1430.30.6970.30.6+46
Egyptian
1190.30.6770.20.5+42
Ukrainian
1180.30.31180.30.30
Portuguese
1060.20.4870.20.4+18
Austrian
940.20.2840.20.2+10
Tongan
880.20.2380.10.1+50
Russian
870.20.2670.20.2+20
Pakistani
860.20.4310.10.3+55
South African
830.20.2570.20.2+26
Albanian
830.20.4470.10.4+36
Romanian
760.20.2740.20.2+2
Cypriot
740.20.5240.10.2+50
Danish
720.20.1370.10.1+35
American
690.10.2400.10.2+29
Slovene
670.10.2520.10.2+15
Slovak
620.10.2410.10.2+21
Fijian
620.10.3180.00.1+44
Mauritian
590.10.2420.10.1+17
Australian Aboriginal
570.10.1220.10.1+35
Argentinian
550.10.1370.10.1+18
Bosnian
540.10.3150.00.3+39
Other Polynesian
520.10.1160.00.0+36
Canadian
510.10.1170.00.1+34
Cook Islander
490.10.170.00.0+42
Thai
480.10.2230.10.1+25
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
470.10.1200.10.1+27
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Melton Township - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
Not stated3,7118.07.52,7527.68.4+959

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% Dutch, City of Melton: 1.1% Greek, City of Melton: 2.6% Indian, City of Melton: 3.4% Australian, Melton Township: 34.3% English, Melton Township: 33.2% Irish, Melton Township: 8.7% Scottish, Melton Township: 7.7% Maltese, Melton Township: 5.7% Italian, Melton Township: 4.4% German, Melton Township: 3.6% Dutch, Melton Township: 1.4% Greek, Melton Township: 1.4% Indian, Melton Township: 1.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 Australian, Melton Township: +1,570 English, Melton Township: +3,475 Irish, Melton Township: +802 Scottish, Melton Township: +776 Maltese, Melton Township: +547 Italian, Melton Township: +520 German, Melton Township: +171 Dutch, Melton Township: +58 Greek, Melton Township: +113 Indian, Melton Township: +440
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 Township in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (15,871 people or 34.3%)
  • English (15,325 people or 33.2%)
  • Irish (4,017 people or 8.7%)
  • Scottish (3,539 people or 7.7%)
  • Maltese (2,613 people or 5.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 41,365 responses in total, or 89.49% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (33.2% compared to 23.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (34.3% compared to 25.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (8.7% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.4% 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 (+3,475 persons)
  • Australian (+1,570 persons)
  • Irish (+802 persons)
  • Scottish (+776 persons)

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