General information


The Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) includes the established inner suburban areas of Hawthorn, Kew and Camberwell, a strong middle suburban band characterised by Balwyn, Blackburn and Mt Waverley through to large outer metropolitan suburbs such as Ringwood and Boronia. Beyond the outer suburbs are semi-rural and rural townships such as, Healesville, Monbulk and Warburton.

About 988,780 live in EMR, representing 18.5 per cent of Victoria’s population. At least 23 per cent of the population was born overseas in a non-English speaking country, and 25 per cent speak a language other than English, with Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek and Italian foremost.


The Eastern Metropolitan Region contains seven municipalities:


Regional Ethnic Communities Councils/Migrant Resource Centres:

Language spoken at home, Eastern Metro

Language spoken at homeNumber%
English 701,690 71
LOTE 255,020 25.8
Not stated 32,074 3.2
TOTAL 988,784 100%

ABS 2011 Census Data.

Country of birth, Barwon- Eastern Metro

Country of birthNumber%
Australia 651,741 65.9
Overseas* 299,097 30.3
   Main English speaking countries 71,385 7.2
   Main non-English speaking countries 227,712 23.1
Not stated 37,938 3.8
TOTAL 988,776 100%

 *Main and non Main English speaking countries including Inadequately Described, At Sea and Not Elsewhere Classified. ABS 2011 Census Data.

Proficiency in Spoken English by Eastern Metropolitan Region, Victoria, 2011 Census

English proficiencyEastern Region
Speaks English only 701,687
Speaks another language and speaks English
   Very well 145,608
   Well 70,130
   Not well 30,782
   Not at all 8,336
   Not stated -
   (both language and proficiency not stated)
   Not stated -
   (language stated, proficiency not stated)
Total Persons 988,780

*Minor differences in population totals between the tables are due to the need to assign a value of '0' or '3' to cases where the cell count is less than 3 in order to maintain confidentiality.

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