Melbourne Ethnicity Dot Map

Australia has one of the most diverse population in the world. In 2011, over one in four of Australia's population were born overseas. This project provides a visualization of spatial distribution of population and ancestry diversity in Melbourne showing the extent in which Melbourne is ethnically mixed or segregated. This project is inspired by the Racial Dot Map of the U.S. by Dustin Cable and the U.K. Ethnicity Map by Andrew Whitby.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the most common ancestries in Greater Melbourne are English 21.1%, Australian 20.7%, Irish 6.9%, Scottish 5.7% and Italian 5.5%. To identify ancestry, respondents of Census were asked to report the ancestries they most closely identified with, going back as far as two generations.

To create the map, we grouped countries listed in the Census (2011) into seven categories:

Indigenous (Australian Aboriginal and Maori)
Australia/ New Zealand
West Europe (Netherlands, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and Wales)
East Europe (Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Malt, Poland, Russia, and Serbia)
Asia (China, Philippines, Korea, and Vietnam)
Middle East/ India/ Africa (India, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Turkey)
Other (Countries not listed above)

This project is funded by the Faculty of Engineering Seed Funding and the Immersive Analytics Project at Monash University.

Data Source: ABS Census 2011

Xianghui Hong, Weiyi Li, and Meead Saberi