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In 2011, 39% of people in the City of Monash, 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 the City of Monash. 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, the City of Monash'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
City of Monash - (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChina13,7648.12.38,3125.21.5+5,452
map this data in atlas.idIndia7,3154.32.74,6992.91.4+2,616
map this data in atlas.idSri Lanka5,7143.41.14,3332.70.8+1,381
map this data in atlas.idMalaysia5,4863.21.04,6632.90.8+823
United Kingdom
5,0243.04.15,4753.44.4-451
map this data in atlas.idGreece4,5462.71.24,8743.01.4-328
map this data in atlas.idItaly2,9411.71.73,2192.02.0-278
map this data in atlas.idVietnam2,4261.41.72,0011.21.6+425
map this data in atlas.idHong Kong2,3511.40.42,4921.50.5-141
New Zealand
2,0901.21.71,9651.21.5+125
map this data in atlas.idSouth Korea1,9961.20.21,0170.60.2+979
Indonesia
1,6421.00.41,5491.00.3+93
Singapore
1,4630.90.31,1930.70.3+270
South Africa
1,0040.60.59930.60.5+11
Philippines
9850.60.88100.50.7+175
Germany
9160.50.51,0380.60.6-122
Poland
7770.50.48980.60.4-121
Mauritius
7330.40.36530.40.2+80
Egypt
6850.40.37570.50.3-72
Taiwan
6450.40.16030.40.1+42
United States of America
5090.30.44400.30.3+69
Japan
4810.30.24580.30.1+23
Croatia
4700.30.44410.30.4+29
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)
4620.30.45910.40.4-129
Bangladesh
4450.30.12780.20.1+167
Thailand
4330.30.23530.20.2+80
Iran
4320.30.23010.20.1+131
Cambodia
4300.30.33350.20.3+95
Netherlands
4280.30.34790.30.4-51
Turkey
4090.20.44200.30.4-11
Pakistan
4030.20.22430.20.1+160
Ireland
4010.20.33920.20.3+9
Cyprus
3730.20.24100.30.2-37
Russian Federation
3450.20.13970.20.1-52
Fiji
3240.20.23150.20.2+9
Ukraine
3150.20.13180.20.1-3
Hungary
2930.20.13740.20.1-81
Canada
2390.10.22150.10.1+24
Lebanon
2380.10.42480.20.4-10
Afghanistan
2280.10.22400.10.1-12
Chile
2150.10.22460.20.2-31
France
2000.10.11750.10.1+25
Malta
1880.10.52100.10.5-22
Zimbabwe
1790.10.11370.10.1+42
United Arab Emirates
1740.10.01070.10.0+67
Kenya
1720.10.11340.10.0+38
Romania
1710.10.12010.10.1-30
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
City of Monash - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal overseas born75,66644.731.463,91639.628.6+11,750
map this data in atlas.idNon-English speaking backgrounds66,39939.224.254,43633.821.6+11,963
Main English speaking countries
9,2675.57.29,4805.97.0-213
Australia
86,51651.163.387,59254.364.5-1,076
Not stated
7,0944.25.39,7356.06.9-2,641

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 China, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% India, Greater Melbourne: 2.7% Sri Lanka, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Malaysia, Greater Melbourne: 1.0% United Kingdom, Greater Melbourne: 4.1% Greece, Greater Melbourne: 1.2% Italy, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Vietnam, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Hong Kong, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% New Zealand, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% China, City of Monash: 8.1% India, City of Monash: 4.3% Sri Lanka, City of Monash: 3.4% Malaysia, City of Monash: 3.2% United Kingdom, City of Monash: 3.0% Greece, City of Monash: 2.7% Italy, City of Monash: 1.7% Vietnam, City of Monash: 1.4% Hong Kong, City of Monash: 1.4% New Zealand, City of Monash: 1.2%
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 China, City of Monash: +5,452 India, City of Monash: +2,616 Sri Lanka, City of Monash: +1,381 Malaysia, City of Monash: +823 United Kingdom, City of Monash: -451 Greece, City of Monash: -328 Italy, City of Monash: -278 Vietnam, City of Monash: +425 Hong Kong, City of Monash: -141 New Zealand, City of Monash: +125
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 the City of Monash in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 44.7% of the population was born overseas, and 39.2% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 31.4% and 24.2% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in the City of Monash was China, where 8.1% of the population, or 13,764 people, were born.

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

  • A larger percentage of people born in China (8.1% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Sri Lanka (3.4% compared to 1.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Malaysia (3.2% compared to 1.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in India (4.3% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 11,750 or 18.4%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 11,963 or 22.0%.

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

  • China (+5,452 persons)
  • India (+2,616 persons)
  • Sri Lanka (+1,381 persons)
  • South Korea (+979 persons)

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