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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 the City of Whittlesea in 2016 were Australian, English and Italian.

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 the City of Whittlesea 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 the City of Whittlesea'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
City of Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Australian
39,44520.024.031,82420.526.4+7,621
English
36,87518.726.628,33118.326.9+8,544
map this data in atlas.idItalian26,06313.26.723,15314.97.0+2,910
Indian
13,1866.74.46,3544.13.2+6,832
map this data in atlas.idMacedonian13,0026.60.912,6978.21.0+305
Greek
11,7425.93.610,0286.53.9+1,714
Irish
11,1055.69.18,1445.38.8+2,961
Chinese
8,6704.47.95,2413.46.1+3,429
Scottish
8,5734.37.36,5294.27.2+2,044
Lebanese
4,7662.41.03,7322.41.0+1,034
Vietnamese
4,7042.42.43,5252.32.0+1,179
Maltese
3,9362.01.53,4702.21.6+466
German
3,5951.83.02,7181.83.0+877
Sinhalese
3,4191.71.51,8891.21.2+1,530
Filipino
3,1271.61.32,0711.31.1+1,056
Turkish
2,1801.10.81,9071.20.8+273
Iraqi
2,1441.10.31,1660.80.2+978
Croatian
1,7320.90.81,4901.00.9+242
Other Indian subcontinent
1,7190.90.44950.30.2+1,224
Arab not further described
1,6870.90.29330.60.2+754
Punjabi
1,6090.80.34660.30.1+1,143
Inadequately Described
1,4350.70.75660.40.4+869
Serbian
1,4210.70.61,2010.80.7+220
Iranian
1,4170.70.43400.20.2+1,077
Egyptian
1,3340.70.31,0290.70.3+305
Dutch
1,2710.61.51,0230.71.6+248
Pakistani
1,1010.60.44180.30.2+683
Samoan
1,0900.60.45940.40.3+496
Syrian
1,0410.50.15680.40.1+473
Spanish
1,0330.50.56820.40.5+351
Tamil
9740.50.26970.50.2+277
Polish
9490.51.17540.51.1+195
Albanian
9330.50.26400.40.2+293
Cypriot
8790.40.36090.40.2+270
New Zealander
8360.40.75550.40.7+281
Assyrian/Chaldean
8210.40.34730.30.2+348
Kurdish
7620.40.12800.20.0+482
Portuguese
6480.30.34560.30.2+192
French
6320.30.63870.20.5+245
Maori
6170.30.44440.30.4+173
Nepalese
5950.30.2530.00.1+542
Somali
5710.30.22580.20.1+313
Khmer (Cambodian)
5170.30.44060.30.3+111
Central and West African
4670.20.12270.10.1+240
Mauritian
4570.20.33770.20.3+80
Indonesian
4540.20.32340.20.3+220
Other Arab peoples
4530.20.11380.10.1+315
Welsh
4530.20.53240.20.5+129
Fijian
4370.20.23310.20.1+106
Thai
4310.20.31980.10.2+233
Afghan
4130.20.42470.20.2+166
Malay
3830.20.32530.20.2+130
Hungarian
3770.20.42740.20.5+103
Bengali
3450.20.21610.10.1+184
South African
3440.20.42280.10.4+116
Australian Aboriginal
3250.20.11880.10.1+137
Russian
3210.20.52630.20.5+58
Ukrainian
2960.10.32290.10.3+67
Bosnian
2920.10.22620.20.2+30
Korean
2790.10.41220.10.3+157
Timorese
2780.10.11470.10.1+131
Other Southern and East African
2690.10.11600.10.1+109
American
2660.10.31890.10.3+77
Zimbabwean
2640.10.1970.10.0+167
Slovene
2460.10.11930.10.1+53
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
2450.10.2920.10.1+153
Chilean
2450.10.21950.10.2+50
Palestinian
2370.10.12020.10.0+35
Austrian
2310.10.21540.10.2+77
Japanese
2160.10.31570.10.2+59
Sudanese
2080.10.31290.10.2+79
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Not stated10,7415.46.29,7106.36.4+1,031

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, Greater Melbourne: 24.0% English, Greater Melbourne: 26.6% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 6.7% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 4.4% Macedonian, Greater Melbourne: 0.9% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 9.1% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 7.9% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.3% Lebanese, Greater Melbourne: 1.0% Australian, City of Whittlesea: 20.0% English, City of Whittlesea: 18.7% Italian, City of Whittlesea: 13.2% Indian, City of Whittlesea: 6.7% Macedonian, City of Whittlesea: 6.6% Greek, City of Whittlesea: 5.9% Irish, City of Whittlesea: 5.6% Chinese, City of Whittlesea: 4.4% Scottish, City of Whittlesea: 4.3% Lebanese, City of Whittlesea: 2.4%
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 Whittlesea: +7,621 English, City of Whittlesea: +8,544 Italian, City of Whittlesea: +2,910 Indian, City of Whittlesea: +6,832 Macedonian, City of Whittlesea: +305 Greek, City of Whittlesea: +1,714 Irish, City of Whittlesea: +2,961 Chinese, City of Whittlesea: +3,429 Scottish, City of Whittlesea: +2,044 Lebanese, City of Whittlesea: +1,034
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 Whittlesea in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (39,445 people or 20.0%)
  • English (36,875 people or 18.7%)
  • Italian (26,063 people or 13.2%)
  • Indian (13,186 people or 6.7%)
  • Macedonian (13,002 people or 6.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 128,571 responses in total, or 65.10% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the City of Whittlesea and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (13.2% compared to 6.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Macedonian ancestry (6.6% compared to 0.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (18.7% compared to 26.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (20.0% compared to 24.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+8,544 persons)
  • Australian (+7,621 persons)
  • Indian (+6,832 persons)
  • Chinese (+3,429 persons)

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