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The three largest ancestries in the City of Whittlesea in 2011 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)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Australian
31,82420.526.427,79922.330.2+4,025
English
28,33118.326.920,13216.225.7+8,199
map this data in atlas.idItalian23,15314.97.020,98516.87.2+2,168
map this data in atlas.idMacedonian12,6978.21.011,5119.21.0+1,186
Greek
10,0286.53.99,5677.74.1+461
Irish
8,1445.38.85,7234.68.4+2,421
Scottish
6,5294.27.24,4693.66.7+2,060
Indian
6,3544.13.22,4722.01.9+3,882
Chinese
5,2413.46.13,3702.75.0+1,871
Lebanese
3,7322.41.02,8012.20.9+931
Vietnamese
3,5252.32.02,6862.21.7+839
Maltese
3,4702.21.63,0372.41.6+433
German
2,7181.83.02,1611.73.1+557
Filipino
2,0711.31.11,2991.00.9+772
Turkish
1,9071.20.81,6221.30.8+285
Sinhalese
1,8891.21.21,3201.11.0+569
Croatian
1,4901.00.91,3161.10.9+174
Serbian
1,2010.80.71,0250.80.7+176
Iraqi
1,1660.80.26830.50.1+483
Egyptian
1,0290.70.37310.60.3+298
Dutch
1,0230.71.68220.71.7+201
Arab not further described
9330.60.26260.50.1+307
Polish
7540.51.16750.51.2+79
Tamil
6970.50.22870.20.1+410
Spanish
6820.40.55840.50.4+98
Albanian
6400.40.24750.40.2+165
Cypriot
6090.40.22780.20.1+331
Samoan
5940.40.35380.40.2+56
Syrian
5680.40.13890.30.1+179
Inadequately Described
5660.40.43240.30.3+242
New Zealander
5550.40.73250.30.6+230
Other Indian subcontinent
4950.30.21410.10.1+354
Assyrian/Chaldean
4730.30.23340.30.2+139
Punjabi
4660.30.12000.20.0+266
Portuguese
4560.30.24050.30.2+51
Maori
4440.30.42990.20.3+145
Pakistani
4180.30.22010.20.1+217
Khmer (Cambodian)
4060.30.33160.30.3+90
French
3870.20.53580.30.5+29
Mauritian
3770.20.33140.30.3+63
Iranian
3400.20.21670.10.1+173
Fijian
3310.20.1540.00.1+277
Welsh
3240.20.52180.20.5+106
Kurdish
2800.20.01580.10.0+122
Hungarian
2740.20.52520.20.5+22
Russian
2630.20.51710.10.5+92
Bosnian
2620.20.22330.20.2+29
Somali
2580.20.11650.10.1+93
Malay
2530.20.21010.10.2+152
Afghan
2470.20.21390.10.2+108
Indonesian
2340.20.31270.10.2+107
Ukrainian
2290.10.32360.20.3-7
South African
2280.10.41170.10.4+111
Central and West African
2270.10.11380.10.0+89
Palestinian
2020.10.01030.10.0+99
Thai
1980.10.2700.10.2+128
Chilean
1950.10.21510.10.2+44
Slovene
1930.10.11670.10.1+26
American
1890.10.31290.10.3+60
Australian Aboriginal
1880.10.11580.10.1+30
Bengali
1610.10.1460.00.1+115
Other Southern and East African
1600.10.1390.00.1+121
Japanese
1570.10.2410.00.2+116
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Not stated9,7106.36.49,5367.78.1+174

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 Australian, Greater Melbourne: 26.4% English, Greater Melbourne: 26.9% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 7.0% Macedonian, Greater Melbourne: 1.0% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.9% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 8.8% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.2% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 3.2% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 6.1% Lebanese, Greater Melbourne: 1.0% Australian, City of Whittlesea: 20.5% English, City of Whittlesea: 18.3% Italian, City of Whittlesea: 14.9% Macedonian, City of Whittlesea: 8.2% Greek, City of Whittlesea: 6.5% Irish, City of Whittlesea: 5.3% Scottish, City of Whittlesea: 4.2% Indian, City of Whittlesea: 4.1% Chinese, City of Whittlesea: 3.4% Lebanese, City of Whittlesea: 2.4%
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 Australian, City of Whittlesea: +4,025 English, City of Whittlesea: +8,199 Italian, City of Whittlesea: +2,168 Macedonian, City of Whittlesea: +1,186 Greek, City of Whittlesea: +461 Irish, City of Whittlesea: +2,421 Scottish, City of Whittlesea: +2,060 Indian, City of Whittlesea: +3,882 Chinese, City of Whittlesea: +1,871 Lebanese, City of Whittlesea: +931
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 City of Whittlesea in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (31,824 people or 20.5%)
  • English (28,331 people or 18.3%)
  • Italian (23,153 people or 14.9%)
  • Macedonian (12,697 people or 8.2%)
  • Greek (10,028 people or 6.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 106,033 responses in total, or 68.46% 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 (14.9% compared to 7.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Macedonian ancestry (8.2% compared to 1.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (18.3% compared to 26.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (20.5% compared to 26.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+8,199 persons)
  • Australian (+4,025 persons)
  • Indian (+3,882 persons)
  • Irish (+2,421 persons)

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