Victoria is home to one of the most culturally diverse societies in the world, and is also among the fastest-growing and most diverse states in Australia.
New data based on the 2016 Census has been compiled by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, in a number of helpful tables and factsheets for the top 100 overseas birthplace groups in Victoria. They provide a more detailed statistical picture of our culturally diverse society.
At the 2016 Census, Victoria's population was 5.93 million, compared to 5.35 million at the 2011 Census. This represents an increase of 10.7%, compared to 8.8% for the whole of Australia since 2011.
Of Victoria's total population:
28.4% (1,680,275) were born overseas (up from 26.2%)
49.1% were born overseas, or born in Australia with at least one parent born overseas (up from 46.6%)
26.0% (1,538,835) spoke 260 languages other than English at home (up from 23.1%)
59.0% (3,493,927) followed more than 130 different faiths (compared to 67.7%)
Victorians born overseas come from over 200 countries
England still tops the list of home countries, although it has decreased by 0.4%.
India, China, New Zealand and Vietnam hold the next four places, all showing sizeable increases since 2011.
Mandarin is the language most spoken at home, and has increased by 84.9%. Italian and Greek have decreased, while Vietnamese in 4th place has increased by 19.4%, and Arabic in 5th place by 16.3%.
Asian migrants live predominantly in the areas of Melbourne, Brimbank, Monash, Whitehorse and Dandenong.
To learn more about Victoria’s rich cultural diversity, visit www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/population-and-migration/victorias-diversity/2016-census-a-snapshot-of-our-diversity.