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The three largest ancestries in Thomastown in 2016 were Italian, Australian and Macedonian.

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 Thomastown 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 Thomastown'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
Thomastown - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Whittlesea %Number%City of Whittlesea %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idItalian2,97014.613.23,25215.914.9-281
Australian
2,08010.220.01,8999.320.5+181
map this data in atlas.idMacedonian2,03710.06.62,56512.68.2-528
English
1,7328.518.71,7478.618.3-14
Greek
1,6678.25.91,6738.26.5-6
Vietnamese
1,4787.22.41,3596.72.3+120
Indian
1,2546.16.79354.64.1+319
Chinese
1,0305.04.48284.13.4+202
Lebanese
8894.42.48404.12.4+49
Turkish
5022.51.15572.71.2-55
Irish
4722.35.64162.05.3+56
Iraqi
4572.21.12991.50.8+159
Maltese
3111.52.03511.72.2-40
Arab not further described
2911.40.92451.20.6+47
Scottish
2861.44.33671.84.2-81
Punjabi
2771.40.81130.60.3+164
Filipino
2211.11.61610.81.3+59
Other Indian subcontinent
2201.10.91020.50.3+119
Syrian
2181.10.51680.80.4+50
Sinhalese
2021.01.71900.91.2+12
Iranian
1951.00.7350.20.2+160
Khmer (Cambodian)
1800.90.31340.70.3+46
Pakistani
1740.90.6730.40.3+102
Serbian
1710.80.71850.90.8-14
Croatian
1660.80.92121.01.0-46
German
1640.81.81660.81.8-2
Samoan
1630.80.61180.60.4+46
Albanian
1310.60.51370.70.4-5
Egyptian
1170.60.71220.60.7-5
Other Arab peoples
1070.50.2150.10.1+93
Cypriot
1060.50.4950.50.4+11
Kurdish
1010.50.4510.30.2+50
Afghan
980.50.2700.30.2+29
Nepalese
960.50.390.00.0+88
Inadequately Described
900.40.7430.20.4+47
Spanish
810.40.5840.40.4-3
Maori
790.40.3780.40.3+2
Fijian
700.30.2540.30.2+16
Assyrian/Chaldean
670.30.4530.30.3+14
New Zealander
550.30.4300.10.4+25
Central and West African
500.20.2250.10.1+25
Bosnian
490.20.1600.30.2-11
Bengali
480.20.2180.10.1+30
Portuguese
470.20.3770.40.3-30
Timorese
430.20.1390.20.1+4
Polish
420.20.5680.30.5-26
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
410.20.1170.10.1+24
Somali
380.20.3360.20.2+3
Palestinian
370.20.1270.10.1+10
Indonesian
340.20.2320.20.2+3
Australian Aboriginal
330.20.2260.10.1+7
Thai
320.20.2240.10.1+8
Hungarian
300.10.2380.20.2-8
Tamil
300.10.5350.20.5-5
French
290.10.3240.10.2+5
Tongan
270.10.1150.10.0+12
Ukrainian
270.10.1290.10.1-2
Dutch
260.10.6450.20.7-18
Romanian
220.10.1230.10.1-1
Russian
200.10.2340.20.2-14
Austrian
190.10.1180.10.1+1
Mauritian
180.10.2320.20.2-14
Other Southern and East African
170.10.190.00.1+8
Lao
160.10.060.00.0+10
American
160.10.1100.00.1+6
Malay
150.10.2120.10.2+3
Sudanese
150.10.1350.20.1-20
Other Central Asian
140.10.170.00.0+7
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
130.10.0100.00.0+3
Anglo-Indian
130.10.1140.10.1-1
Japanese
130.10.1160.10.1-3
Cook Islander
110.10.1180.10.1-7
Other Polynesian
110.10.080.00.0+3
Slovene
110.10.1230.10.1-12
Chilean
100.00.190.00.1+1
Colombian
100.00.030.00.0+7
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Thomastown - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Whittlesea %Number%City of Whittlesea %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,1615.75.41,7138.46.3-552

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 Italian, City of Whittlesea: 13.2% Australian, City of Whittlesea: 20.0% Macedonian, City of Whittlesea: 6.6% English, City of Whittlesea: 18.7% Greek, City of Whittlesea: 5.9% Vietnamese, City of Whittlesea: 2.4% Indian, City of Whittlesea: 6.7% Chinese, City of Whittlesea: 4.4% Lebanese, City of Whittlesea: 2.4% Turkish, City of Whittlesea: 1.1% Italian, Thomastown: 14.6% Australian, Thomastown: 10.2% Macedonian, Thomastown: 10.0% English, Thomastown: 8.5% Greek, Thomastown: 8.2% Vietnamese, Thomastown: 7.2% Indian, Thomastown: 6.1% Chinese, Thomastown: 5.0% Lebanese, Thomastown: 4.4% Turkish, Thomastown: 2.5%
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 Italian, Thomastown: -281 Australian, Thomastown: +181 Macedonian, Thomastown: -528 English, Thomastown: -14 Greek, Thomastown: -6 Vietnamese, Thomastown: +120 Indian, Thomastown: +319 Chinese, Thomastown: +202 Lebanese, Thomastown: +49 Turkish, Thomastown: -55
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 Thomastown in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Italian (2,970 people or 14.6%)
  • Australian (2,080 people or 10.2%)
  • Macedonian (2,037 people or 10.0%)
  • English (1,732 people or 8.5%)
  • Greek (1,667 people or 8.2%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 10,486 responses in total, or 51.40% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (7.2% compared to 2.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Macedonian ancestry (10.0% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (8.5% compared to 18.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (10.2% compared to 20.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Macedonian (-528 persons)
  • Indian (+319 persons)
  • Italian (-281 persons)
  • Chinese (+202 persons)

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