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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 (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChinese44,00724.17.930,91818.36.1+13,089
English
33,01618.126.633,67719.926.9-661
Australian
28,61615.724.032,88919.426.4-4,273
map this data in atlas.idGreek12,8607.03.612,8537.63.9+7
Indian
12,2886.74.48,9965.33.2+3,292
Irish
11,4596.39.111,3486.78.8+111
Italian
9,3625.16.79,4035.67.0-41
Scottish
9,3055.17.39,3955.67.2-90
Sinhalese
7,4844.11.56,0203.61.2+1,464
German
3,9292.23.04,0222.43.0-93
Vietnamese
3,5161.92.42,6421.62.0+874
Korean
2,5161.40.42,2901.40.3+226
Dutch
1,8541.01.51,9181.11.6-64
Polish
1,6060.91.11,7021.01.1-96
Filipino
1,5380.81.31,2530.71.1+285
Malay
1,2300.70.39300.50.2+300
Indonesian
1,2200.70.31,0010.60.3+219
Tamil
1,0500.60.21,0420.60.2+8
Inadequately Described
1,0240.60.75790.30.4+445
Russian
9820.50.59330.60.5+49
French
9590.50.67870.50.5+172
Croatian
9260.50.88960.50.9+30
Japanese
9200.50.36750.40.2+245
Serbian
8630.50.67960.50.7+67
Armenian
8600.50.18530.50.1+7
Hungarian
8480.50.49070.50.5-59
Iranian
8480.50.45650.30.2+283
New Zealander
8300.50.79460.60.7-116
Other Indian subcontinent
7620.40.44760.30.2+286
Bengali
7230.40.25080.30.1+215
Egyptian
7100.40.35780.30.3+132
Maltese
6880.41.56620.41.6+26
Pakistani
6390.30.44150.20.2+224
South African
6390.30.47190.40.4-80
Spanish
6350.30.55650.30.5+70
Mauritian
6080.30.36360.40.3-28
Thai
5730.30.34450.30.2+128
Lebanese
5620.31.04890.31.0+73
Welsh
5610.30.55400.30.5+21
Cypriot
5490.30.34380.30.2+111
Khmer (Cambodian)
5100.30.43390.20.3+171
Portuguese
4530.20.32550.20.2+198
Ukrainian
4280.20.33810.20.3+47
Punjabi
3990.20.31770.10.1+222
Turkish
3700.20.83170.20.8+53
Afghan
3600.20.43210.20.2+39
Austrian
3260.20.23310.20.2-5
Macedonian
3140.20.93420.21.0-28
Chilean
3130.20.22850.20.2+28
Nepalese
3000.20.21470.10.1+153
American
2930.20.33290.20.3-36
Jewish
2890.20.22410.10.3+48
Arab not further described
2860.20.22040.10.2+82
Taiwanese
2850.20.11880.10.0+97
Romanian
2590.10.22220.10.2+37
Maori
2560.10.43180.20.4-62
Anglo-Indian
2520.10.12470.10.1+5
Danish
2450.10.22530.10.2-8
Swiss
2400.10.12610.20.1-21
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
2330.10.21680.10.1+65
Slovene
2190.10.12260.10.1-7
Sudanese
2070.10.31670.10.2+40
Swedish
2000.10.21540.10.1+46
Fijian
1910.10.21780.10.1+13
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Not stated9,0445.06.28,1494.86.4+895

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

Ancestry, 2016
Ancestry, 2016 Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 7.9% English, Greater Melbourne: 26.6% 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: 7.0% 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 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 Chinese, City of Monash: +13,089 English, City of Monash: -661 Australian, City of Monash: -4,273 Greek, City of Monash: +7 Indian, City of Monash: +3,292 Irish, City of Monash: +111 Italian, City of Monash: -41 Scottish, City of Monash: -90 Sinhalese, City of Monash: +1,464 German, City of Monash: -93
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 ancestry responses of the population in City of Monash in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Chinese (44,007 people or 24.1%)
  • English (33,016 people or 18.1%)
  • Australian (28,616 people or 15.7%)
  • Greek (12,860 people or 7.0%)
  • Indian (12,288 people or 6.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 130,787 responses in total, or 71.62% 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 7.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (7.0% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (18.1% compared to 26.6%)
  • 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 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Chinese (+13,089 persons)
  • Australian (-4,273 persons)
  • Indian (+3,292 persons)
  • Sinhalese (+1,464 persons)

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