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The three largest ancestries in City of Melton in 2016 were Australian, English and Maltese.

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 City of Melton 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 City of Melton'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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of ancestry groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
City of Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%NWMPHN area %Number%NWMPHN area %2011 to 2016
Australian32,66224.120.228,04525.722.1+4,617
English30,43122.521.325,16023.021.5+5,271
Maltese10,2747.63.18,5907.93.2+1,684
Italian8,9746.69.17,6087.09.3+1,366
Irish8,1586.08.16,5726.08.0+1,586
Scottish6,8515.15.95,7235.25.9+1,128
Indian6,8325.05.33,7523.43.5+3,080
Filipino5,5354.12.23,8033.51.8+1,732
Chinese3,9612.94.92,7912.65.3+1,170
German3,5272.62.52,9362.72.6+591
Macedonian3,4402.51.42,7682.51.4+672
Greek3,3142.43.92,8002.64.0+514
Vietnamese2,9122.24.31,8421.73.5+1,070
Croatian2,4941.81.32,1702.01.3+324
Sudanese1,6581.20.55280.50.3+1,130
Serbian1,6561.20.81,2891.20.8+367
Polish1,6561.21.01,4511.31.1+205
Sinhalese1,6361.21.01,0951.00.8+541
Turkish1,4171.01.71,2011.11.7+216
Dutch1,3311.00.91,2011.11.0+130
Spanish1,3271.00.79740.90.6+353
Samoan1,2850.90.66360.60.4+649
Egyptian1,1820.90.46870.60.4+495
Inadequately Described1,1700.90.85450.50.5+625
Lebanese1,1360.82.08510.81.8+285
Pakistani8750.60.84450.40.4+430
New Zealander8480.60.76360.60.7+212
Maori7830.60.66330.60.5+150
Chilean7590.60.36060.60.3+153
Albanian7250.50.34900.40.3+235
Cypriot6980.50.35520.50.3+146
Ethiopian6950.50.43720.30.3+323
Other Indian subcontinent6950.50.61580.10.2+537
Punjabi6780.50.51240.10.1+554
Portuguese5550.40.34400.40.2+115
Bosnian5330.40.23820.30.2+151
Central and West African5000.40.21230.10.1+377
French4980.40.54080.40.4+90
Hungarian4650.30.34570.40.3+8
Ukrainian4240.30.33510.30.3+73
Fijian4220.30.22810.30.2+141
Timorese4110.30.22730.20.1+138
Welsh3970.30.43550.30.4+42
Salvadoran3870.30.12820.30.1+105
Thai3520.30.31940.20.2+158
Burmese peoples3100.20.5350.00.2+275
Romanian3030.20.12400.20.1+63
Russian2880.20.32100.20.3+78
South African2840.20.22420.20.2+42
Malay2730.20.21870.20.3+86
Indonesian2720.20.31570.10.3+115
Bengali2690.20.41590.10.2+110
Slovak2630.20.12330.20.1+30
Tongan2520.20.21760.20.1+76
Arab not further described2510.20.41070.10.3+144
Mauritian2440.20.21750.20.2+69
Assyrian/Chaldean2350.20.81120.10.5+123
Argentinian2340.20.11550.10.1+79
Afghan2300.20.11480.10.1+82
American2120.20.21700.20.2+42
Iraqi2110.20.51130.10.4+98
Anglo-Indian2070.20.12000.20.1+7
Iranian2040.20.3940.10.1+110
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)2020.10.1780.10.1+124
Slovene2010.10.21820.20.2+19
Other Southern and East African1940.10.21130.10.2+81
Korean1890.10.21470.10.2+42
Lao1870.10.11580.10.1+29
Austrian1810.10.21870.20.2-6
Cook Islander1780.10.1970.10.1+81
Syrian1710.10.21070.10.2+64
Tamil1620.10.11300.10.1+32
Other North American1550.10.1810.10.1+74
Other Polynesian1520.10.1610.10.0+91
Australian Aboriginal1520.10.1710.10.1+81
Nepalese1470.10.560.00.2+141
Other South American1410.10.11120.10.1+29
Japanese1360.10.21080.10.2+28
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Melton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%NWMPHN area %Number%NWMPHN area %2011 to 2016
Not stated9,7477.26.88,2367.57.8+1,511

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 Australian, NWMPHN area: 20.2% English, NWMPHN area: 21.3% Maltese, NWMPHN area: 3.1% Italian, NWMPHN area: 9.1% Irish, NWMPHN area: 8.1% Scottish, NWMPHN area: 5.9% Indian, NWMPHN area: 5.3% Filipino, NWMPHN area: 2.2% Chinese, NWMPHN area: 4.9% German, NWMPHN area: 2.5% Australian, City of Melton: 24.1% English, City of Melton: 22.5% Maltese, City of Melton: 7.6% Italian, City of Melton: 6.6% Irish, City of Melton: 6.0% Scottish, City of Melton: 5.1% Indian, City of Melton: 5.0% Filipino, City of Melton: 4.1% Chinese, City of Melton: 2.9% German, City of Melton: 2.6%
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 Australian, City of Melton: +4,617 English, City of Melton: +5,271 Maltese, City of Melton: +1,684 Italian, City of Melton: +1,366 Irish, City of Melton: +1,586 Scottish, City of Melton: +1,128 Indian, City of Melton: +3,080 Filipino, City of Melton: +1,732 Chinese, City of Melton: +1,170 German, City of Melton: +591
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 City of Melton in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (32,662 people or 24.1%)
  • English (30,431 people or 22.5%)
  • Maltese (10,274 people or 7.6%)
  • Italian (8,974 people or 6.6%)
  • Irish (8,158 people or 6.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 90,499 responses in total, or 66.82% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in City of Melton and NWMPHN area were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (7.6% compared to 3.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (24.1% compared to 20.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (6.6% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (2.2% compared to 4.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+5,271 persons)
  • Australian (+4,617 persons)
  • Indian (+3,080 persons)
  • Filipino (+1,732 persons)

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