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Ancestry

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

The three largest ancestries in Mornington Peninsula Shire in 2016 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)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
English
70,35945.426.663,93944.226.9+6,420
Australian
58,06237.524.054,86037.926.4+3,202
map this data in atlas.idIrish19,44812.59.116,27211.38.8+3,176
map this data in atlas.idScottish18,31311.87.315,79010.97.2+2,523
Italian
6,3134.16.75,2773.67.0+1,036
German
6,2964.13.05,4243.83.0+872
Dutch
3,7072.41.53,5902.51.6+117
Greek
2,1291.43.61,8111.33.9+318
Welsh
1,3450.90.51,0880.80.5+257
New Zealander
1,2600.80.71,0950.80.7+165
Chinese
1,2310.87.99740.76.1+257
French
1,0620.70.67840.50.5+278
Polish
1,0060.61.18290.61.1+177
Maltese
7630.51.56990.51.6+64
Croatian
6760.40.86040.40.9+72
Indian
6160.44.44120.33.2+204
South African
5960.40.45200.40.4+76
Danish
5400.30.24430.30.2+97
Filipino
5380.31.33810.31.1+157
American
5250.30.34990.30.3+26
Hungarian
4850.30.44280.30.5+57
Inadequately Described
4810.30.73160.20.4+165
Spanish
4290.30.53430.20.5+86
Maori
4240.30.43930.30.4+31
Swedish
3770.20.23070.20.1+70
Austrian
3670.20.23120.20.2+55
Serbian
3600.20.62920.20.7+68
Russian
3380.20.52620.20.5+76
Sinhalese
3250.21.53080.21.2+17
Canadian
3100.20.12910.20.1+19
Swiss
2870.20.12470.20.1+40
Thai
2540.20.31520.10.2+102
Mauritian
2440.20.32390.20.3+5
Norwegian
2330.20.11860.10.1+47
Ukrainian
2270.10.31550.10.3+72
Latvian
2000.10.12000.10.10
Lebanese
1980.11.01730.11.0+25
Macedonian
1850.10.91370.11.0+48
Japanese
1660.10.31200.10.2+46
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Not stated9,4276.16.29,3486.56.4+79

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 English, Greater Melbourne: 26.6% Australian, Greater Melbourne: 24.0% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 9.1% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.3% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 6.7% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Dutch, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Welsh, Greater Melbourne: 0.5% New Zealander, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% English, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 45.4% Australian, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 37.5% Irish, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 12.5% Scottish, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 11.8% Italian, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 4.1% German, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 4.1% Dutch, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 2.4% Greek, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.4% Welsh, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.9% New Zealander, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8%
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 English, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +6,420 Australian, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +3,202 Irish, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +3,176 Scottish, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +2,523 Italian, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +1,036 German, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +872 Dutch, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +117 Greek, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +318 Welsh, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +257 New Zealander, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +165
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 Mornington Peninsula Shire in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (70,359 people or 45.4%)
  • Australian (58,062 people or 37.5%)
  • Irish (19,448 people or 12.5%)
  • Scottish (18,313 people or 11.8%)
  • Italian (6,313 people or 4.1%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 172,495 responses in total, or 111.29% 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 (45.4% compared to 26.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (37.5% compared to 24.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (11.8% compared to 7.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (0.8% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • English (+6,420 persons)
  • Australian (+3,202 persons)
  • Irish (+3,176 persons)
  • Scottish (+2,523 persons)

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