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The three largest ancestries in Mitcham in 2011 were English, Australian and Scottish.

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 Mitcham 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 Mitcham'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
Mitcham - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
English
76643.140.362737.437.5+138
Australian
62235.135.570141.840.3-79
map this data in atlas.idScottish18610.59.51529.18.2+34
map this data in atlas.idIrish17810.09.01257.58.2+53
German
1307.37.8905.37.3+41
Italian
844.73.9845.03.7-1
Greek
452.53.6482.93.7-3
Chinese
422.42.8523.12.3-10

Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Mitcham - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
Not stated573.23.6744.44.4-17

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 Mitcham: 40.3% Australian, City of Mitcham: 35.5% Scottish, City of Mitcham: 9.5% Irish, City of Mitcham: 9.0% German, City of Mitcham: 7.8% Italian, City of Mitcham: 3.9% Greek, City of Mitcham: 3.6% Chinese, City of Mitcham: 2.8% English, Mitcham: 43.1% Australian, Mitcham: 35.1% Scottish, Mitcham: 10.5% Irish, Mitcham: 10.0% German, Mitcham: 7.3% Italian, Mitcham: 4.7% Greek, Mitcham: 2.5% Chinese, Mitcham: 2.4%
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 English, Mitcham: +138 Australian, Mitcham: -79 Scottish, Mitcham: +34 Irish, Mitcham: +53 German, Mitcham: +41 Italian, Mitcham: -1 Greek, Mitcham: -3 Chinese, Mitcham: -10
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 Mitcham in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (766 people or 43.1%)
  • Australian (622 people or 35.1%)
  • Scottish (186 people or 10.5%)
  • Irish (178 people or 10.0%)
  • German (130 people or 7.3%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 1,882 responses in total, or 106.02% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (43.1% compared to 40.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (10.0% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Greek ancestry (2.5% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+138 persons)
  • Australian (-79 persons)
  • Irish (+53 persons)

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