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In 2011, 20% 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.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
West Region - (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idUnited Kingdom7984.27.28844.87.4-86
map this data in atlas.idChina4372.31.23101.70.9+127
map this data in atlas.idIndia3862.01.01781.00.6+208
map this data in atlas.idGreece3742.00.94162.31.0-42
Indonesia
2221.20.51811.00.4+41
Germany
1640.90.81720.90.9-8
New Zealand
1590.80.91280.70.8+31
Philippines
1570.80.31270.70.3+30
Italy
1550.80.62201.20.7-65
Malaysia
1520.80.61230.70.5+29
Sri Lanka
1030.50.3840.50.2+19
Bangladesh
920.50.2300.20.1+62
Lebanon
750.40.2870.50.2-12
Singapore
710.40.3890.50.3-18
South Africa
710.40.6420.20.5+29
Hong Kong
690.40.3680.40.2+1
Japan
680.40.2610.30.2+7
United States of America
640.30.5490.30.4+15
Vietnam
640.30.2330.20.1+31
South Korea
620.30.3470.30.2+15
Iran
610.30.2690.40.2-8
Poland
560.30.3670.40.3-11
Netherlands
550.30.4670.40.5-12
Croatia
510.30.1420.20.1+9
Pakistan
510.30.2350.20.1+16
Saudi Arabia
490.30.100.00.0+49
Cyprus
450.20.1530.30.1-8
Cambodia
440.20.1330.20.0+11
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)
410.20.1480.30.1-7
Canada
410.20.3460.30.3-5
Ireland
360.20.2410.20.2-5
Ukraine
360.20.1370.20.1-1
Thailand
320.20.1310.20.1+1
Latvia
320.20.1420.20.2-10
Laos
270.10.0240.10.0+3
Malta
260.10.1220.10.1+4
Hungary
230.10.1210.10.1+2
Kenya
230.10.1340.20.1-11
Nepal
220.10.180.00.0+14
Zimbabwe
220.10.170.00.1+15
Austria
220.10.1360.20.1-14
Egypt
220.10.1180.10.1+4
Fiji
220.10.1190.10.1+3
France
210.10.1230.10.1-2
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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)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born5,01326.522.14,53624.620.8+477
map this data in atlas.idNon-English speaking backgrounds3,84420.312.43,34618.111.3+498
Main English speaking countries
1,1696.29.71,1906.59.6-21
Australia
13,18769.674.612,97970.475.2+208
Not stated
7524.03.39255.04.0-173

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 United Kingdom, City of Mitcham: 7.2% China, City of Mitcham: 1.2% India, City of Mitcham: 1.0% Greece, City of Mitcham: 0.9% Indonesia, City of Mitcham: 0.5% Germany, City of Mitcham: 0.8% New Zealand, City of Mitcham: 0.9% Philippines, City of Mitcham: 0.3% Italy, City of Mitcham: 0.6% Malaysia, City of Mitcham: 0.6% United Kingdom, West Region: 4.2% China, West Region: 2.3% India, West Region: 2.0% Greece, West Region: 2.0% Indonesia, West Region: 1.2% Germany, West Region: 0.9% New Zealand, West Region: 0.8% Philippines, West Region: 0.8% Italy, West Region: 0.8% Malaysia, West Region: 0.8%
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 United Kingdom, West Region: -86 China, West Region: +127 India, West Region: +208 Greece, West Region: -42 Indonesia, West Region: +41 Germany, West Region: -8 New Zealand, West Region: +31 Philippines, West Region: +30 Italy, West Region: -65 Malaysia, West Region: +29
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 West Region in 2011 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, 26.5% of the population was born overseas, and 20.3% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 22.1% and 12.4% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in West Region was China, where 2.3% of the population, or 437 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 (2.3% compared to 1.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Greece (2.0% compared to 0.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in India (2.0% compared to 1.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in United Kingdom (4.2% compared to 7.2%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 477 or 10.5%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 498 or 14.9%.

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

  • India (+208 persons)
  • China (+127 persons)
  • United Kingdom (-86 persons)
  • Italy (-65 persons)

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