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The three largest ancestries in Toorak 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 Toorak 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 Toorak'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
Toorak - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Stonnington %Number%City of Stonnington %2011 to 2016
English
4,06331.531.33,92330.830.3+140
Australian
3,15124.423.73,18725.126.0-36
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,56512.112.71,44511.412.0+120
map this data in atlas.idScottish1,39810.810.11,31310.39.9+85
Chinese
1,1088.68.88066.36.6+302
Italian
6284.94.75454.34.5+84
Polish
5954.62.36345.02.4-39
German
4573.53.64393.53.5+18
Greek
3752.94.93122.55.4+63
Indian
2912.33.33642.93.0-73
Russian
1961.51.02061.61.0-10
Dutch
1451.11.41231.01.4+22
Jewish
1241.00.62171.71.0-93
French
1190.91.21371.11.0-18
Hungarian
1120.90.61160.90.6-4
Inadequately Described
990.80.7890.70.5+10
South African
750.60.6760.60.5-1
Welsh
730.60.6560.40.5+17
New Zealander
730.61.01000.81.1-27
Austrian
720.60.4630.50.4+9
Sinhalese
720.60.8430.30.7+30
Vietnamese
620.50.7520.40.6+10
Lebanese
570.40.3660.50.3-9
Japanese
570.40.5550.40.5+2
American
560.40.5680.50.5-12
Iranian
480.40.4400.30.2+9
Ukrainian
440.30.4300.20.3+14
Serbian
430.30.4600.50.4-17
Croatian
410.30.4520.40.5-11
Maltese
390.30.4400.30.3-1
Macedonian
350.30.2240.20.2+11
Spanish
350.30.5430.30.4-8
Swiss
330.30.2190.10.2+14
Swedish
300.20.3510.40.3-20
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
300.20.2710.60.3-41
Other Eastern European
290.20.2190.10.2+11
Filipino
290.20.6270.20.5+2
Romanian
270.20.2330.30.2-6
Indonesian
270.20.4290.20.4-1
Thai
270.20.4520.40.3-25
Czech
260.20.2340.30.2-8
Armenian
240.20.1130.10.1+11
Canadian
240.20.2220.20.2+2
Danish
230.20.3250.20.3-2
Lithuanian
230.20.2320.30.1-8
Colombian
220.20.360.00.2+16
Egyptian
210.20.2280.20.2-7
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Toorak - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Stonnington %Number%City of Stonnington %2011 to 2016
Not stated9757.67.69777.77.2-2

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, City of Stonnington: 31.3% Australian, City of Stonnington: 23.7% Irish, City of Stonnington: 12.7% Scottish, City of Stonnington: 10.1% Chinese, City of Stonnington: 8.8% Italian, City of Stonnington: 4.7% Polish, City of Stonnington: 2.3% German, City of Stonnington: 3.6% Greek, City of Stonnington: 4.9% Indian, City of Stonnington: 3.3% English, Toorak: 31.5% Australian, Toorak: 24.4% Irish, Toorak: 12.1% Scottish, Toorak: 10.8% Chinese, Toorak: 8.6% Italian, Toorak: 4.9% Polish, Toorak: 4.6% German, Toorak: 3.5% Greek, Toorak: 2.9% Indian, Toorak: 2.3%
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, Toorak: +140 Australian, Toorak: -36 Irish, Toorak: +120 Scottish, Toorak: +85 Chinese, Toorak: +302 Italian, Toorak: +84 Polish, Toorak: -39 German, Toorak: +18 Greek, Toorak: +63 Indian, Toorak: -73
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 Toorak in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (4,063 people or 31.5%)
  • Australian (3,151 people or 24.4%)
  • Irish (1,565 people or 12.1%)
  • Scottish (1,398 people or 10.8%)
  • Chinese (1,108 people or 8.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 11,285 responses in total, or 87.38% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Toorak and the City of Stonnington were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Polish ancestry (4.6% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Greek ancestry (2.9% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Indian ancestry (2.3% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+302 persons)
  • English (+140 persons)
  • Irish (+120 persons)
  • Jewish (-93 persons)

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