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The three largest ancestries in Mernda 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 Mernda 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 Mernda'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
Mernda - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Whittlesea %Number%City of Whittlesea %2011 to 2016
Australian
4,84125.120.02,52929.720.5+2,312
English
4,75724.618.72,28626.818.3+2,470
map this data in atlas.idItalian2,23211.613.21,25814.814.9+973
Indian
1,5908.26.73404.04.1+1,250
Irish
1,4977.85.66848.05.3+813
Scottish
1,0895.64.34815.74.2+608
Greek
8724.55.93714.46.5+502
map this data in atlas.idMacedonian7904.16.64074.88.2+383
Chinese
5913.14.41912.23.4+400
Sinhalese
4672.41.71441.71.2+323
Maltese
4322.22.01942.32.2+238
German
4222.21.81862.21.8+236
Filipino
3782.01.61231.41.3+255
Lebanese
2401.22.4790.92.4+162
Inadequately Described
2011.00.7380.40.4+163
Dutch
1911.00.6740.90.7+117
Croatian
1370.70.9580.71.0+79
Iranian
1320.70.7250.30.2+107
Serbian
1190.60.7590.70.8+60
Other Indian subcontinent
1150.60.9310.40.3+84
Spanish
1140.60.5470.60.4+67
Central and West African
1130.60.2240.30.1+89
Samoan
1120.60.6120.10.4+100
Turkish
1110.61.1430.51.2+68
Vietnamese
1110.62.4330.42.3+78
Egyptian
1030.50.7320.40.7+71
Polish
970.50.5500.60.5+47
Punjabi
900.50.850.10.3+85
Arab not further described
810.40.990.10.6+72
New Zealander
770.40.4570.70.4+20
Pakistani
770.40.6260.30.3+51
Somali
730.40.3220.30.2+51
Korean
720.40.1250.30.1+47
Iraqi
710.41.1120.10.8+59
Zimbabwean
680.40.1270.30.1+41
Maori
660.30.3220.30.3+44
Thai
610.30.280.10.1+53
French
610.30.3280.30.2+33
Tamil
590.30.5120.10.5+47
Assyrian/Chaldean
540.30.460.10.3+48
South African
490.30.2320.40.1+17
Syrian
480.20.5120.10.4+36
Mauritian
470.20.2330.40.2+14
Portuguese
470.20.3210.20.3+26
Bengali
470.20.270.10.1+40
Indonesian
470.20.2190.20.2+28
Nepalese
450.20.300.00.0+45
Russian
430.20.2110.10.2+32
Other Southern and East African
420.20.1110.10.1+31
Australian Aboriginal
420.20.2150.20.1+27
Fijian
410.20.230.00.2+38
Hungarian
390.20.2210.30.2+18
Cypriot
380.20.4180.20.4+20
Albanian
360.20.560.10.4+30
Kurdish
320.20.400.00.2+32
Slovene
290.20.1130.20.1+16
American
280.10.1270.30.1+1
Chilean
270.10.1130.20.1+14
Malay
240.10.2110.10.2+13
Colombian
230.10.080.10.0+15
Welsh
220.10.2290.30.2-7
Ukrainian
200.10.1150.20.1+5
Afghan
200.10.240.00.2+16
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Mernda - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Whittlesea %Number%City of Whittlesea %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,1746.15.43514.16.3+823

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, City of Whittlesea: 20.0% English, City of Whittlesea: 18.7% Italian, City of Whittlesea: 13.2% Indian, City of Whittlesea: 6.7% Irish, City of Whittlesea: 5.6% Scottish, City of Whittlesea: 4.3% Greek, City of Whittlesea: 5.9% Macedonian, City of Whittlesea: 6.6% Chinese, City of Whittlesea: 4.4% Sinhalese, City of Whittlesea: 1.7% Australian, Mernda: 25.1% English, Mernda: 24.6% Italian, Mernda: 11.6% Indian, Mernda: 8.2% Irish, Mernda: 7.8% Scottish, Mernda: 5.6% Greek, Mernda: 4.5% Macedonian, Mernda: 4.1% Chinese, Mernda: 3.1% Sinhalese, Mernda: 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, Mernda: +2,312 English, Mernda: +2,470 Italian, Mernda: +973 Indian, Mernda: +1,250 Irish, Mernda: +813 Scottish, Mernda: +608 Greek, Mernda: +502 Macedonian, Mernda: +383 Chinese, Mernda: +400 Sinhalese, Mernda: +323
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 Mernda in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (4,841 people or 25.1%)
  • English (4,757 people or 24.6%)
  • Italian (2,232 people or 11.6%)
  • Indian (1,590 people or 8.2%)
  • Irish (1,497 people or 7.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 14,917 responses in total, or 77.30% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (24.6% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (25.1% compared to 20.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (7.8% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Macedonian ancestry (4.1% compared to 6.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+2,470 persons)
  • Australian (+2,312 persons)
  • Indian (+1,250 persons)
  • Italian (+973 persons)

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