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The three largest ancestries in Essendon in 2011 were Australian, English and Italian.

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 Essendon 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 Essendon'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
Essendon - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Moonee Valley %Number%City of Moonee Valley %2006 to 2011
Australian
5,29728.124.85,96433.028.4-667
English
4,89526.022.84,53825.121.0+357
map this data in atlas.idItalian2,78814.816.82,62214.516.8+166
map this data in atlas.idIrish2,58713.711.42,47913.710.5+108
Scottish
1,4847.96.71,2897.15.8+195
Greek
8634.65.07414.14.9+123
Indian
7504.02.64362.41.5+314
Chinese
5983.24.14662.63.8+132
German
4852.62.74862.72.6-1
Maltese
3431.82.42761.52.3+67
Croatian
2121.11.51670.91.4+45
Dutch
2041.11.01831.00.9+21
Lebanese
1750.90.81440.80.8+31
Polish
1750.91.12271.31.2-52
Ukrainian
1300.70.61490.80.7-19
Vietnamese
1240.72.0430.21.8+81
Filipino
1080.60.7490.30.6+59
New Zealander
1000.50.5740.40.4+26
Turkish
950.50.6500.30.5+45
Sinhalese
920.50.61090.60.6-17
Spanish
890.50.6670.40.6+22
French
820.40.4640.40.4+18
Egyptian
810.40.4320.20.3+49
Macedonian
700.40.7410.20.6+29
Hungarian
700.40.3460.30.3+24
Serbian
600.30.5620.30.5-2
Welsh
580.30.4750.40.4-17
Korean
580.30.2190.10.1+39
Cypriot
580.30.2270.10.1+31
American
560.30.3660.40.3-10
Japanese
550.30.2360.20.2+19
Austrian
530.30.2320.20.2+21
Slovene
490.30.3290.20.3+20
Inadequately Described
480.30.3530.30.3-5
Russian
470.20.3490.30.3-2
Anglo-Indian
450.20.1310.20.1+14
Other Indian subcontinent
420.20.200.00.0+42
Nepalese
400.20.280.00.0+32
Mauritian
370.20.1160.10.1+21
Lithuanian
360.20.1320.20.1+4
Thai
360.20.2120.10.1+24
Canadian
350.20.1350.20.10
Portuguese
340.20.2260.10.2+8
Latvian
310.20.1250.10.1+6
Arab not further described
290.20.2100.10.1+19
Albanian
250.10.2190.10.1+6
Chilean
240.10.3160.10.2+8
Swiss
240.10.1290.20.1-5
Danish
230.10.2310.20.2-8
Pakistani
230.10.1120.10.1+11
Maori
220.10.2260.10.2-4
Bengali
220.10.130.00.1+19
South African
220.10.1380.20.1-16
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Essendon - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Moonee Valley %Number%City of Moonee Valley %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,1095.96.31,2927.17.9-183

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 Australian, City of Moonee Valley: 24.8% English, City of Moonee Valley: 22.8% Italian, City of Moonee Valley: 16.8% Irish, City of Moonee Valley: 11.4% Scottish, City of Moonee Valley: 6.7% Greek, City of Moonee Valley: 5.0% Indian, City of Moonee Valley: 2.6% Chinese, City of Moonee Valley: 4.1% German, City of Moonee Valley: 2.7% Maltese, City of Moonee Valley: 2.4% Australian, Essendon: 28.1% English, Essendon: 26.0% Italian, Essendon: 14.8% Irish, Essendon: 13.7% Scottish, Essendon: 7.9% Greek, Essendon: 4.6% Indian, Essendon: 4.0% Chinese, Essendon: 3.2% German, Essendon: 2.6% Maltese, Essendon: 1.8%
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 ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 Australian, Essendon: -667 English, Essendon: +357 Italian, Essendon: +166 Irish, Essendon: +108 Scottish, Essendon: +195 Greek, Essendon: +123 Indian, Essendon: +314 Chinese, Essendon: +132 German, Essendon: -1 Maltese, Essendon: +67
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 Essendon in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (5,297 people or 28.1%)
  • English (4,895 people or 26.0%)
  • Italian (2,788 people or 14.8%)
  • Irish (2,587 people or 13.7%)
  • Scottish (1,484 people or 7.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 17,051 responses in total, or 90.48% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Essendon and the City of Moonee Valley were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (28.1% compared to 24.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (26.0% compared to 22.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (13.7% compared to 11.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (14.8% compared to 16.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-667 persons)
  • English (+357 persons)
  • Indian (+314 persons)
  • Scottish (+195 persons)

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