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The three largest ancestries in Melton West 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 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.

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
Melton West - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Australian
3,02234.524.13,20637.025.7-184
English
2,95233.722.52,88933.423.0+63
Irish
7538.66.06737.86.0+80
Scottish
7338.45.16938.05.2+40
map this data in atlas.idMaltese4214.87.64775.57.9-56
map this data in atlas.idItalian3774.36.63944.67.0-17
German
3113.62.63524.12.7-40
Indian
2743.15.01351.63.4+139
Filipino
1491.74.1991.23.5+49
Dutch
1201.41.01131.31.1+6
Samoan
1051.20.9360.40.6+69
Chinese
991.12.9570.72.6+41
Maori
971.10.6550.60.6+42
Greek
790.92.41411.62.6-62
Polish
780.91.21091.31.3-32
Serbian
770.91.2750.91.2+2
Macedonian
680.82.5550.62.5+13
Sudanese
670.81.2160.20.5+51
New Zealander
650.80.6670.80.6-2
Croatian
630.71.8780.92.0-15
Vietnamese
510.62.2310.41.7+20
Inadequately Described
490.60.9340.40.5+16
French
410.50.4310.40.4+10
Turkish
400.51.0470.51.1-6
Sinhalese
390.51.2370.41.0+2
Lebanese
380.40.8520.60.8-14
Spanish
370.41.0440.50.9-7
Nepalese
350.40.100.00.0+35
Other Indian subcontinent
340.40.530.00.1+32
Fijian
300.30.3220.30.3+9
Welsh
300.30.3430.50.3-13
Bosnian
270.30.4100.10.3+17
Salvadoran
260.30.3130.20.3+13
Pakistani
250.30.6200.20.4+5
Portuguese
250.30.4250.30.40
Egyptian
240.30.9100.10.6+15
South African
230.30.2110.10.2+12
Central and West African
210.20.430.00.1+18
Chilean
210.20.6320.40.6-11
Ukrainian
200.20.3190.20.3+1
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Not stated5686.57.26397.47.5-71

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% Scottish, City of Melton: 5.1% Maltese, City of Melton: 7.6% Italian, City of Melton: 6.6% German, City of Melton: 2.6% Indian, City of Melton: 5.0% Filipino, City of Melton: 4.1% Dutch, City of Melton: 1.0% Australian, Melton West: 34.5% English, Melton West: 33.7% Irish, Melton West: 8.6% Scottish, Melton West: 8.4% Maltese, Melton West: 4.8% Italian, Melton West: 4.3% German, Melton West: 3.6% Indian, Melton West: 3.1% Filipino, Melton West: 1.7% Dutch, Melton West: 1.4%
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, Melton West: -184 English, Melton West: +63 Irish, Melton West: +80 Scottish, Melton West: +40 Maltese, Melton West: -56 Italian, Melton West: -17 German, Melton West: -40 Indian, Melton West: +139 Filipino, Melton West: +49 Dutch, Melton West: +6
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 Melton West in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (3,022 people or 34.5%)
  • English (2,952 people or 33.7%)
  • Irish (753 people or 8.6%)
  • Scottish (733 people or 8.4%)
  • Maltese (421 people or 4.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 7,881 responses in total, or 90.10% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (33.7% compared to 22.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (34.5% compared to 24.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (8.4% compared to 5.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (4.8% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-184 persons)
  • Indian (+139 persons)
  • Irish (+80 persons)
  • Samoan (+69 persons)

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