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Mornington Peninsula Shire

Ancestry

The three largest ancestries in Mornington Peninsula Shire in 2011 were English, Australian and Irish.

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 Mornington Peninsula Shire 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 Mornington Peninsula Shire'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
Mornington Peninsula Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
English
63,93944.226.954,50639.925.7+9,433
Australian
54,86037.926.456,60941.530.2-1,749
map this data in atlas.idIrish16,27211.38.813,95610.28.4+2,316
map this data in atlas.idScottish15,79010.97.212,9009.56.7+2,890
German
5,4243.83.04,9443.63.1+480
Italian
5,2773.67.04,4003.27.2+877
Dutch
3,5902.51.63,3472.51.7+243
Greek
1,8111.33.91,4621.14.1+349
New Zealander
1,0950.80.79920.70.6+103
Welsh
1,0880.80.59340.70.5+154
Chinese
9740.76.17580.65.0+216
Polish
8290.61.17270.51.2+102
French
7840.50.56770.50.5+107
Maltese
6990.51.66440.51.6+55
Croatian
6040.40.94700.30.9+134
South African
5200.40.43610.30.4+159
American
4990.30.34420.30.3+57
Danish
4430.30.23880.30.2+55
Hungarian
4280.30.53650.30.5+63
Indian
4120.33.22730.21.9+139
Maori
3930.30.43760.30.3+17
Filipino
3810.31.12840.20.9+97
Spanish
3430.20.53390.20.4+4
Inadequately Described
3160.20.42310.20.3+85
Austrian
3120.20.23020.20.3+10
Sinhalese
3080.21.22210.21.0+87
Swedish
3070.20.12510.20.1+56
Serbian
2920.20.73020.20.7-10
Canadian
2910.20.12640.20.1+27
Russian
2620.20.52290.20.5+33
Swiss
2470.20.11990.10.1+48
Mauritian
2390.20.31600.10.3+79
Latvian
2000.10.11990.10.1+1
Norwegian
1860.10.11380.10.1+48
Lebanese
1730.11.01290.10.9+44
Ukrainian
1550.10.31290.10.3+26
Thai
1520.10.2960.10.2+56
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Mornington Peninsula Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Not stated9,3486.56.412,1858.98.1-2,837

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% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 8.8% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.2% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 7.0% Dutch, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.9% New Zealander, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Welsh, Greater Melbourne: 0.5% English, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 44.2% Australian, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 37.9% Irish, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 11.3% Scottish, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 10.9% German, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 3.8% Italian, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 3.6% Dutch, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 2.5% Greek, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.3% New Zealander, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8% Welsh, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8%
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 English, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +9,433 Australian, Mornington Peninsula Shire: -1,749 Irish, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +2,316 Scottish, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +2,890 German, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +480 Italian, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +877 Dutch, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +243 Greek, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +349 New Zealander, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +103 Welsh, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +154
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 Mornington Peninsula Shire in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (63,939 people or 44.2%)
  • Australian (54,860 people or 37.9%)
  • Irish (16,272 people or 11.3%)
  • Scottish (15,790 people or 10.9%)
  • German (5,424 people or 3.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 156,285 responses in total, or 108.07% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Mornington Peninsula Shire and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (44.2% compared to 26.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (37.9% compared to 26.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (10.9% compared to 7.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (0.7% compared to 6.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+9,433 persons)
  • Scottish (+2,890 persons)
  • Irish (+2,316 persons)
  • Australian (-1,749 persons)

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