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The three largest ancestries in Somerville in 2011 were English, Australian and Scottish.

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 Somerville 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 Somerville'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
Somerville - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2006 to 2011
English
5,03746.044.24,55642.139.9+481
Australian
4,74543.337.95,04546.641.5-300
map this data in atlas.idScottish1,12210.210.99378.79.5+185
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,0629.711.38788.110.2+184
German
4103.73.84203.93.6-10
Dutch
3743.42.53693.42.5+5
Italian
3343.13.63313.13.2+4
Welsh
860.80.8870.80.7-2
New Zealander
620.60.8830.80.7-20
Greek
590.51.3690.61.1-9
Polish
500.50.6580.50.5-8
Chinese
490.40.7480.40.6+1
French
450.40.5410.40.5+4
Sinhalese
390.40.2220.20.2+17
Croatian
370.30.4320.30.3+5
Serbian
360.30.2380.30.2-2
Hungarian
330.30.3300.30.3+3
Maltese
330.30.5220.20.5+11
Austrian
300.30.2200.20.2+10
South African
300.30.4270.30.3+3
Spanish
240.20.2180.20.2+6
Maori
240.20.3360.30.3-12
American
230.20.3230.20.30
Indian
230.20.3200.20.2+3
Norwegian
230.20.180.10.1+15
Danish
220.20.3340.30.3-11
Filipino
210.20.3290.30.2-8
Russian
210.20.2150.10.2+6
Inadequately Described
200.20.2220.20.2-2
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Somerville - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Mornington Peninsula Shire %Number%Mornington Peninsula Shire %2006 to 2011
Not stated4884.56.57306.88.9-242

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, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 44.2% Australian, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 37.9% Scottish, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 10.9% Irish, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 11.3% German, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 3.8% Dutch, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 2.5% Italian, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 3.6% Welsh, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8% New Zealander, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 0.8% Greek, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 1.3% English, Somerville: 46.0% Australian, Somerville: 43.3% Scottish, Somerville: 10.2% Irish, Somerville: 9.7% German, Somerville: 3.7% Dutch, Somerville: 3.4% Italian, Somerville: 3.1% Welsh, Somerville: 0.8% New Zealander, Somerville: 0.6% Greek, Somerville: 0.5%
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, Somerville: +481 Australian, Somerville: -300 Scottish, Somerville: +185 Irish, Somerville: +184 German, Somerville: -10 Dutch, Somerville: +5 Italian, Somerville: +4 Welsh, Somerville: -2 New Zealander, Somerville: -20 Greek, Somerville: -9
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 Somerville in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (5,037 people or 46.0%)
  • Australian (4,745 people or 43.3%)
  • Scottish (1,122 people or 10.2%)
  • Irish (1,062 people or 9.7%)
  • German (410 people or 3.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 12,376 responses in total, or 112.95% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (43.3% compared to 37.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (46.0% compared to 44.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (9.7% compared to 11.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+481 persons)
  • Australian (-300 persons)
  • Scottish (+185 persons)
  • Irish (+184 persons)

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