In a moment I’m going to show you a series of maps of Australia’s state capital cities. I’m sure they will instantly remind you of the kind of maps that are thrust before us as the election results come through on election night.
Don’t worry, it’s not that, there’s no need to hightail it out of here. This post isn’t about politics at all.
These maps actually reveal the top three birthplaces for immigrants in suburbs in our major cities across Australia.
Where migrants settle in Australia
I am indebted to readers Arvin and Anton for inspiring this post. A while back, on my page about Perth, Arvin asked where he could get information regarding demographics of migrants in Perth suburbs, and Anton said…
“Try the SBS page Where Immigrants Where Born. It will show you top three migrant groups from all areas of Australia.”
Sounded interesting to me, so I Googled “SBS page Where Immigrants Where Born” and found it immediately. And yes, it was interesting.
SBS have gathered information based on the 2011 census here in Australia and made it into several colourful interactive maps. To get the full benefit of all the information they have to offer, you really need to visit the website to enjoy that full interactivity.
To make that easy for you, I have images of each of the cities that are non-interactive, but all you need to do is click on any of these city images to be taken directly to the SBS page with the full information.
On this website though, for those who don’t really need the full interactive experience, you can still get some very useful information about the demographics of each of our cities at a glance.
Here are some of the key codes for the colours:
- Grey = England and New Zealand
- Green = India
- Red = China
- Pink = Vietnam
- Blue = Italy
Of course there are light blues, light greens and even pastel greens and these are Greece, Lebanon and Iraq whilst yellow is Fiji. Like I say though, just click on the maps for more information.
So, let’s look at some maps.
Sydney migrant map
This is the most colourful map and therefore I would suggest our most cosmopolitan city…
Another quite colourful map, I think it’s safe to say that Melbourne runs a close second to Sydney…
Brisbane is predominantly grey which means England and New Zealand…
Perth migrant map
Quite grey in Perth too…
A bit more colour here…
Mostly grey but with a hefty chunk of red…
Mostly grey but with a tiny chunk of red…
Fairly grey but with some colours we haven’t seen much of before…
Clearly immigrants from England and New Zealand are dominant in many areas, but if you visit the website over at SBS you will get a second series of maps. These maps exclude England and New Zealand which allows countries like Canada, United States, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa and more to come to the fore.
So if you’re about to move to Australia and you want to settle in a town or suburb where some of your neighbours will have come here from the same country as you, you really do want to check out these maps.
It gets even better, all of Australia is covered, not just the state capital cities. So no matter where you fancy moving to in Australia, you can find out the migrant demographic by birth place before you get here.