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In 2016, 19% of people in West Region, 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 West Region. 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, West Region's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual birthplace 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:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
West Region - Overseas born (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idUnited Kingdom7694.06.87984.27.2-29
map this data in atlas.idChina6213.22.04372.31.2+184
map this data in atlas.idIndia3541.81.03862.01.0-32
map this data in atlas.idGreece3201.70.83742.00.9-54
Indonesia
2411.30.52221.20.5+19
Vietnam
1981.00.4640.30.2+134
Italy
1730.90.61550.80.6+18
Philippines
1490.80.41570.80.3-8
Malaysia
1420.70.61520.80.6-10
New Zealand
1350.70.91590.80.9-24
Germany
1140.60.71640.90.8-50
Sri Lanka
1090.60.31030.50.3+6
Pakistan
1010.50.3510.30.2+50
Iran
990.50.3610.30.2+38
Nepal
870.50.2220.10.1+65
Singapore
830.40.3710.40.3+12
South Korea
750.40.3620.30.3+13
Lebanon
730.40.2750.40.2-2
Bangladesh
690.40.1920.50.2-23
South Africa
560.30.6710.40.6-15
Poland
460.20.2560.30.3-10
Netherlands
420.20.4550.30.4-13
United States of America
400.20.5640.30.5-24
Kenya
400.20.1230.10.1+17
Hong Kong
340.20.2690.40.3-35
Saudi Arabia
310.20.1490.30.1-18
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)
280.10.1410.20.1-13
Iraq
280.10.1190.10.0+9
East Timor
270.10.0150.10.0+12
Cyprus
260.10.1450.20.1-19
Syria
250.10.090.00.0+16
Ireland
230.10.2360.20.2-13
Papua New Guinea
220.10.1160.10.1+6
Laos
220.10.0270.10.0-5
Japan
210.10.2680.40.2-47
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born4,76624.922.65,01326.522.1-247
Non-English speaking backgrounds
3,72519.513.33,84420.312.4-119
Main English speaking countries
1,0415.49.21,1696.29.7-128
Australia
13,51070.673.313,18769.674.6+323
Not stated
8674.54.17524.03.3+115

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2016
Birthplace, 2016 United Kingdom, City of Mitcham: 6.8% China, City of Mitcham: 2.0% India, City of Mitcham: 1.0% Greece, City of Mitcham: 0.8% Indonesia, City of Mitcham: 0.5% Vietnam, City of Mitcham: 0.4% Italy, City of Mitcham: 0.6% Philippines, City of Mitcham: 0.4% Malaysia, City of Mitcham: 0.6% New Zealand, City of Mitcham: 0.9% United Kingdom, West Region: 4.0% China, West Region: 3.2% India, West Region: 1.8% Greece, West Region: 1.7% Indonesia, West Region: 1.3% Vietnam, West Region: 1.0% Italy, West Region: 0.9% Philippines, West Region: 0.8% Malaysia, West Region: 0.7% New Zealand, West Region: 0.7%
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 birthplace, 2011 to 2016
Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016 United Kingdom, West Region: -29 China, West Region: +184 India, West Region: -32 Greece, West Region: -54 Indonesia, West Region: +19 Vietnam, West Region: +134 Italy, West Region: +18 Philippines, West Region: -8 Malaysia, West Region: -10 New Zealand, West Region: -24
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 country of birth of the population in West Region in 2016 compared to the City of Mitcham shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas, as well as a larger proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 24.9% of the population was born overseas, and 19.5% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 22.6% and 13.3% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in West Region was China, where 3.2% of the population, or 621 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in West Region and the City of Mitcham were:

  • A larger percentage of people born in China (3.2% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in United Kingdom (4.0% compared to 6.8%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people born overseas decreased by 247 or 4.9%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background decreased by 119 or 3.1%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were for those born in:

  • China (+184 persons)
  • Vietnam (+134 persons)
  • Nepal (+65 persons)
  • Greece (-54 persons)

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