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The three largest ancestries in Blackburn in 2016 were English, Australian and Chinese.

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 Blackburn 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 Blackburn'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
Blackburn - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Whitehorse %Number%City of Whitehorse %2011 to 2016
English
4,82234.526.54,44334.728.1+379
Australian
3,99528.623.14,28833.527.2-293
map this data in atlas.idChinese1,96614.122.21,0908.515.9+876
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,76012.69.71,61412.69.7+146
Scottish
1,3379.67.91,32410.48.1+13
Indian
5774.14.03152.53.0+262
Italian
4973.64.54343.44.8+63
German
4673.33.04633.63.2+4
Dutch
2561.81.42502.01.5+6
Greek
2471.83.72542.04.1-7
Sinhalese
1531.11.6940.71.3+59
Iranian
1040.70.7550.40.4+49
Korean
1030.70.8880.70.7+15
Vietnamese
920.71.5490.41.2+43
New Zealander
910.70.6690.50.7+22
Welsh
890.60.5840.70.5+5
Polish
850.60.8570.40.8+28
Malay
750.50.6260.20.3+49
French
650.50.5570.40.5+8
Other Indian subcontinent
630.50.3270.20.2+36
Hungarian
630.50.4660.50.5-3
Filipino
630.50.8510.40.6+12
American
590.40.3540.40.3+5
South African
530.40.4550.40.5-2
Maltese
510.40.4520.40.5-1
Japanese
500.40.4360.30.3+14
Punjabi
490.40.1360.30.1+13
Austrian
480.30.2500.40.3-2
Inadequately Described
470.30.5350.30.3+12
Indonesian
350.30.4290.20.3+6
Thai
350.30.3120.10.3+23
Russian
330.20.3330.30.30
Croatian
320.20.4540.40.5-22
Spanish
310.20.3310.20.30
Czech
270.20.1240.20.1+3
Swiss
270.20.2210.20.2+6
Danish
260.20.2310.20.2-5
Bengali
250.20.160.00.1+19
Swedish
250.20.2220.20.2+3
Turkish
250.20.190.10.1+16
Ukrainian
250.20.2130.10.2+12
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Blackburn - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Whitehorse %Number%City of Whitehorse %2011 to 2016
Not stated5804.14.37906.25.0-210

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 Whitehorse: 26.5% Australian, City of Whitehorse: 23.1% Chinese, City of Whitehorse: 22.2% Irish, City of Whitehorse: 9.7% Scottish, City of Whitehorse: 7.9% Indian, City of Whitehorse: 4.0% Italian, City of Whitehorse: 4.5% German, City of Whitehorse: 3.0% Dutch, City of Whitehorse: 1.4% Greek, City of Whitehorse: 3.7% English, Blackburn: 34.5% Australian, Blackburn: 28.6% Chinese, Blackburn: 14.1% Irish, Blackburn: 12.6% Scottish, Blackburn: 9.6% Indian, Blackburn: 4.1% Italian, Blackburn: 3.6% German, Blackburn: 3.3% Dutch, Blackburn: 1.8% Greek, Blackburn: 1.8%
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, Blackburn: +379 Australian, Blackburn: -293 Chinese, Blackburn: +876 Irish, Blackburn: +146 Scottish, Blackburn: +13 Indian, Blackburn: +262 Italian, Blackburn: +63 German, Blackburn: +4 Dutch, Blackburn: +6 Greek, Blackburn: -7
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 Blackburn in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (4,822 people or 34.5%)
  • Australian (3,995 people or 28.6%)
  • Chinese (1,966 people or 14.1%)
  • Irish (1,760 people or 12.6%)
  • Scottish (1,337 people or 9.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 13,880 responses in total, or 99.30% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Blackburn and the City of Whitehorse were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (34.5% compared to 26.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (28.6% compared to 23.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (12.6% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (14.1% compared to 22.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+876 persons)
  • English (+379 persons)
  • Australian (-293 persons)
  • Indian (+262 persons)

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