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The three largest ancestries in the City of Monash in 2016 were Chinese, English and Australian.

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.

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

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
City of Monash - Total persons (Enumerated)20162006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChinese43,85724.18.022,94414.35.1+20,913
English
32,89518.126.532,24420.225.6+651
Australian
28,52915.724.038,42424.030.2-9,895
map this data in atlas.idGreek12,8287.13.612,4787.84.1+350
Indian
12,2666.74.46,1913.91.9+6,075
Irish
11,4726.39.110,8576.88.4+615
Italian
9,3555.16.79,3545.87.2+1
Scottish
9,3025.17.38,7985.56.6+504
Sinhalese
7,4534.11.54,7453.01.0+2,708
German
3,9102.23.04,0652.53.1-155
Vietnamese
3,5131.92.42,1121.31.7+1,401
Korean
2,5081.40.41,1400.70.2+1,368
Dutch
1,8451.01.52,0651.31.7-220
Polish
1,6180.91.11,8041.11.2-186
Filipino
1,5310.81.41,0190.60.9+512
Malay
1,2250.70.37540.50.2+471
Indonesian
1,2100.70.38790.50.2+331
Tamil
1,0500.60.26040.40.1+446
Inadequately Described
1,0210.60.74340.30.3+587
Russian
9750.50.51,0300.60.5-55
French
9450.50.68180.50.5+127
Croatian
9250.50.88500.50.9+75
Japanese
9040.50.35720.40.2+332
Serbian
8640.50.67860.50.7+78
Armenian
8550.50.19170.60.1-62
Iranian
8420.50.43930.20.1+449
Hungarian
8360.50.49810.60.5-145
New Zealander
8340.50.79670.60.6-133
Other Indian subcontinent
7720.40.43250.20.1+447
Bengali
7270.40.23030.20.1+424
Egyptian
7080.40.45980.40.3+110
Maltese
6830.41.57050.41.6-22
Pakistani
6340.30.42510.20.1+383
South African
6320.30.47220.50.4-90
Spanish
6280.30.55290.30.4+99
Mauritian
6190.30.35710.40.3+48
Thai
5680.30.33350.20.2+233
Lebanese
5620.31.05020.30.9+60
Welsh
5530.30.55920.40.5-39
Cypriot
5520.30.31990.10.1+353
Khmer (Cambodian)
5260.30.42480.20.3+278
Portuguese
4540.20.32620.20.2+192
Ukrainian
4260.20.33640.20.3+62
Punjabi
4070.20.31100.10.0+297
Turkish
3710.20.83100.20.8+61
Afghan
3600.20.42710.20.2+89
Austrian
3230.20.24240.30.3-101
Chilean
3170.20.22670.20.2+50
Macedonian
3120.20.93110.21.0+1
Nepalese
3000.20.2590.00.0+241
American
2900.20.33670.20.3-77
Arab not further described
2890.20.21190.10.1+170
Jewish
2890.20.22940.20.2-5
Taiwanese
2860.20.11540.10.0+132
Romanian
2710.10.22270.10.2+44
Danish
2530.10.22660.20.2-13
Swiss
2500.10.12560.20.1-6
Maori
2490.10.43250.20.3-76
Anglo-Indian
2480.10.12670.20.1-19
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
2350.10.2930.10.1+142
Slovene
2230.10.12110.10.1+12
Sudanese
2220.10.31700.10.2+52
Swedish
2090.10.21810.10.1+28
Fijian
1860.10.21080.10.1+78
Czech
1800.10.12560.20.1-76
Singaporean
1780.10.0670.00.0+111
Canadian
1750.10.11740.10.1+1
Latvian
1740.10.11970.10.1-23
Bosnian
1590.10.21230.10.2+36
Brazilian
1480.10.1560.00.0+92
Iraqi
1440.10.3450.00.1+99
Colombian
1430.10.1450.00.0+98
Other Southern and East African
1430.10.1930.10.1+50
Other Arab peoples
1420.10.1480.00.0+94
Lithuanian
1400.10.11900.10.1-50
Other South-East Asian
1360.10.0380.00.0+98
Norwegian
1320.10.11210.10.1+11
Other South American
1220.10.1940.10.1+28
Burmese peoples
1170.10.3770.00.1+40
Samoan
1160.10.41150.10.2+1
Central and West African
1150.10.1560.00.0+59
Other Central Asian
1120.10.2340.00.0+78
Argentinian
1080.10.1970.10.1+11
Other Eastern European
1050.10.11010.10.1+4
Seychellois
1040.10.0980.10.0+6
Finnish
1000.10.1890.10.1+11
Australian Aboriginal
980.10.1540.00.1+44
Palestinian
980.10.1540.00.0+44
Cook Islander
970.10.11920.10.1-95
Albanian
870.00.2440.00.2+43
Slovak
870.00.11020.10.1-15
Lao
860.00.1630.00.1+23
Other British
830.00.1740.00.0+9
Other North American
740.00.1460.00.0+28
Belgian
650.00.0920.10.0-27
Estonian
610.00.0760.00.0-15
Caribbean Islander
590.00.0580.00.0+1
Bulgarian
590.00.0790.00.0-20
Timorese
590.00.1570.00.1+2
Tongan
590.00.1570.00.1+2
Zimbabwean
580.00.1620.00.0-4
Other Southern/South East European
560.00.1430.00.0+13
Other North-Western European
540.00.0490.00.0+5
Somali
530.00.2520.00.1+1
Syrian
490.00.1350.00.1+14
Ethiopian
490.00.2230.00.1+26
Peruvian
440.00.0400.00.0+4
Salvadoran
420.00.1300.00.1+12
Other Northern Asian
400.00.070.00.0+33
Mexican
400.00.0290.00.0+11
Assyrian/Chaldean
360.00.3450.00.2-9
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
310.00.1290.00.0+2
Other Central American
260.00.0240.00.0+2
Afrikaner
240.00.0190.00.0+5
Native American (Indian)
240.00.0690.00.0-45
Jordanian
230.00.0200.00.0+3
Eritrean
200.00.170.00.0+13
Papua New Guinean
180.00.0300.00.0-12
Uruguayan
160.00.0320.00.0-16
Australian South Sea Islander
140.00.030.00.0+11
Other Polynesian
130.00.0350.00.0-22
Kurdish
110.00.1130.00.0-2
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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 (Enumerated)20162006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2016
Not stated8,7224.86.210,6836.78.1-1,961

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2016
Ancestry, 2016 Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 8.0% English, Greater Melbourne: 26.5% Australian, Greater Melbourne: 24.0% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 4.4% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 9.1% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 6.7% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.3% Sinhalese, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Chinese, City of Monash: 24.1% English, City of Monash: 18.1% Australian, City of Monash: 15.7% Greek, City of Monash: 7.1% Indian, City of Monash: 6.7% Irish, City of Monash: 6.3% Italian, City of Monash: 5.1% Scottish, City of Monash: 5.1% Sinhalese, City of Monash: 4.1% German, City of Monash: 2.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2016 Chinese, City of Monash: +20,913 English, City of Monash: +651 Australian, City of Monash: -9,895 Greek, City of Monash: +350 Indian, City of Monash: +6,075 Irish, City of Monash: +615 Italian, City of Monash: +1 Scottish, City of Monash: +504 Sinhalese, City of Monash: +2,708 German, City of Monash: -155
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2016 (Enumerated 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 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Chinese (43,857 people or 24.1%)
  • English (32,895 people or 18.1%)
  • Australian (28,529 people or 15.7%)
  • Greek (12,828 people or 7.1%)
  • Indian (12,266 people or 6.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 130,375 responses in total, or 71.69% 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 (24.1% compared to 8.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (7.1% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (18.1% compared to 26.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (15.7% compared to 24.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2016 were:

  • Chinese (+20,913 persons)
  • Australian (-9,895 persons)
  • Indian (+6,075 persons)
  • Sinhalese (+2,708 persons)

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