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In 2011, 18% of people in Rural Balance, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in Rural Balance. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, Rural Balance's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Rural Balance - (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idMalta2054.51.72106.01.9-4
United Kingdom
1332.93.01043.03.7+29
Vietnam
1012.21.3421.20.9+59
map this data in atlas.idNew Zealand701.51.8421.21.2+28
Italy
571.30.9621.81.0-5
Cyprus
511.10.4401.10.4+11
Indonesia
491.10.200.00.1+49
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
330.70.9361.00.9-3
Croatia
320.70.6210.60.7+11

Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Rural Balance - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born1,05223.227.875921.624.3+293
map this data in atlas.idNon-English speaking backgrounds81518.022.260417.218.7+211
Main English speaking countries
2375.25.51554.45.6+82
Australia
3,15869.667.02,48370.569.6+675
Not stated
3267.25.22797.96.1+48

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 Malta, City of Melton: 1.7% United Kingdom, City of Melton: 3.0% Vietnam, City of Melton: 1.3% New Zealand, City of Melton: 1.8% Italy, City of Melton: 0.9% Cyprus, City of Melton: 0.4% Indonesia, City of Melton: 0.2% Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, City of Melton: 0.9% Croatia, City of Melton: 0.6% Malta, Rural Balance: 4.5% United Kingdom, Rural Balance: 2.9% Vietnam, Rural Balance: 2.2% New Zealand, Rural Balance: 1.5% Italy, Rural Balance: 1.3% Cyprus, Rural Balance: 1.1% Indonesia, Rural Balance: 1.1% Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Rural Balance: 0.7% Croatia, Rural Balance: 0.7%
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 birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 Malta, Rural Balance: -4 United Kingdom, Rural Balance: +29 Vietnam, Rural Balance: +59 New Zealand, Rural Balance: +28 Italy, Rural Balance: -5 Cyprus, Rural Balance: +11 Indonesia, Rural Balance: +49 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Rural Balance: -3 Croatia, Rural Balance: +11
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 country of birth of the population in Rural Balance in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a smaller proportion of people born overseas, as well as a smaller proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 23.2% of the population was born overseas, and 18.0% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 27.8% and 22.2% respectively for the City of Melton.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in Rural Balance was Malta, where 4.5% of the population, or 205 people, were born.

The major difference between the countries of birth of the population in Rural Balance and the City of Melton was:

  • A larger percentage of people born in Malta (4.5% compared to 1.7%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 293 or 38.6%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 211 or 34.9%.

The largest change in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 was for those born in:

  • Vietnam (+59 persons)

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