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The three largest ancestries in the City of Monash in 2011 were English, Australian and Chinese.

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 the City of Monash 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 the City of Monash'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
City of Monash - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
English
33,67719.926.932,66620.325.7+1,011
Australian
32,88919.426.438,81724.130.2-5,928
map this data in atlas.idChinese30,91818.36.123,04614.35.0+7,872
map this data in atlas.idGreek12,8537.63.912,4857.74.1+368
Irish
11,3486.78.810,9696.88.4+379
Italian
9,4035.67.09,3915.87.2+12
Scottish
9,3955.67.28,9125.56.7+483
Indian
8,9965.33.26,2033.81.9+2,793
Sinhalese
6,0203.61.24,7532.91.0+1,267
German
4,0222.43.04,1162.63.1-94
Vietnamese
2,6421.62.02,0991.31.7+543
Korean
2,2901.40.31,1530.70.2+1,137
Dutch
1,9181.11.62,0601.31.7-142
Polish
1,7021.01.11,8111.11.2-109
Filipino
1,2530.71.11,0310.60.9+222
Tamil
1,0420.60.25980.40.1+444
Indonesian
1,0010.60.38760.50.2+125
New Zealander
9460.60.79700.60.6-24
Russian
9330.60.51,0510.70.5-118
Malay
9300.50.27570.50.2+173
Hungarian
9070.50.59850.60.5-78
Croatian
8960.50.98510.50.9+45
Armenian
8530.50.19210.60.1-68
Serbian
7960.50.77830.50.7+13
French
7870.50.58180.50.5-31
South African
7190.40.47280.50.4-9
Japanese
6750.40.25680.40.2+107
Maltese
6620.41.67030.41.6-41
Mauritian
6360.40.35620.30.3+74
Inadequately Described
5790.30.44290.30.3+150
Egyptian
5780.30.35910.40.3-13
Iranian
5650.30.23840.20.1+181
Spanish
5650.30.55230.30.4+42
Welsh
5400.30.55930.40.5-53
Bengali
5080.30.13080.20.1+200
Lebanese
4890.31.04940.30.9-5
Other Indian subcontinent
4760.30.23180.20.1+158
Thai
4450.30.23380.20.2+107
Cypriot
4380.30.22010.10.1+237
Pakistani
4150.20.22420.20.1+173
Ukrainian
3810.20.33750.20.3+6
Macedonian
3420.21.03190.21.0+23
Khmer (Cambodian)
3390.20.32480.20.3+91
Austrian
3310.20.24190.30.3-88
American
3290.20.33610.20.3-32
Afghan
3210.20.22830.20.2+38
Maori
3180.20.43310.20.3-13
Turkish
3170.20.83040.20.8+13
Chilean
2850.20.22740.20.2+11
Swiss
2610.20.12510.20.1+10
Portuguese
2550.20.22610.20.2-6
Danish
2530.10.22720.20.2-19
Anglo-Indian
2470.10.12640.20.1-17
Jewish
2410.10.32940.20.2-53
Slovene
2260.10.12120.10.1+14
Romanian
2220.10.22300.10.2-8
Czech
2210.10.12470.20.1-26
Arab not further described
2040.10.21170.10.1+87
Other Southern and East African
1980.10.1950.10.1+103
Canadian
1960.10.11740.10.1+22
Taiwanese
1880.10.01510.10.0+37
Latvian
1780.10.11980.10.1-20
Fijian
1780.10.11100.10.1+68
Punjabi
1770.10.11110.10.0+66
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Monash - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Not stated8,1494.86.410,8716.78.1-2,722

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, Greater Melbourne: 26.9% Australian, Greater Melbourne: 26.4% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 6.1% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.9% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 8.8% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 7.0% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.2% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 3.2% Sinhalese, Greater Melbourne: 1.2% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% English, City of Monash: 19.9% Australian, City of Monash: 19.4% Chinese, City of Monash: 18.3% Greek, City of Monash: 7.6% Irish, City of Monash: 6.7% Italian, City of Monash: 5.6% Scottish, City of Monash: 5.6% Indian, City of Monash: 5.3% Sinhalese, City of Monash: 3.6% German, City of Monash: 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, City of Monash: +1,011 Australian, City of Monash: -5,928 Chinese, City of Monash: +7,872 Greek, City of Monash: +368 Irish, City of Monash: +379 Italian, City of Monash: +12 Scottish, City of Monash: +483 Indian, City of Monash: +2,793 Sinhalese, City of Monash: +1,267 German, City of Monash: -94
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 City of Monash in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (33,677 people or 19.9%)
  • Australian (32,889 people or 19.4%)
  • Chinese (30,918 people or 18.3%)
  • Greek (12,853 people or 7.6%)
  • Irish (11,348 people or 6.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 121,685 responses in total, or 71.89% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the City of Monash and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (18.3% compared to 6.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (7.6% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (19.9% compared to 26.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (19.4% compared to 26.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+7,872 persons)
  • Australian (-5,928 persons)
  • Indian (+2,793 persons)
  • Sinhalese (+1,267 persons)

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