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The three largest ancestries in the City of Adelaide in 2011 were English, Australian and Chinese.

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 the City of Adelaide 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 the City of Adelaide'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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
City of Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
English
5,38327.437.34,59127.635.5+792
Australian
3,66518.732.33,91723.536.2-252
Chinese
3,25516.62.91,89211.42.1+1,363
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,6548.47.61,4388.67.2+216
map this data in atlas.idScottish1,4737.57.81,2217.37.3+252
German
1,1525.96.89976.06.7+155
Italian
7423.86.95953.66.9+147
Indian
5562.81.64662.80.7+90
Greek
4082.12.83942.43.0+14
Korean
3091.60.32201.30.2+89
Dutch
2111.11.71971.21.7+14
Malay
1991.00.22051.20.1-6
Polish
1991.01.31761.11.4+23
Filipino
1620.80.8530.30.6+109
Vietnamese
1360.71.3690.41.1+67
French
1300.70.41210.70.4+9
Arab not further described
1270.60.1140.10.0+113
Sinhalese
1270.60.21040.60.2+23
Japanese
1210.60.21130.70.1+8
Other Arab peoples
1120.60.0150.10.0+97
Welsh
1090.60.71190.70.7-10
Iranian
1020.50.2430.30.2+59
American
900.50.2470.30.2+43
Inadequately Described
890.50.4640.40.3+25
Russian
880.40.4580.30.4+30
Thai
860.40.1790.50.1+7
New Zealander
860.40.4740.40.4+12
Croatian
780.40.5620.40.6+16
Spanish
740.40.3430.30.3+31
South African
660.30.3390.20.3+27
Indonesian
640.30.1480.30.1+16
Maltese
630.30.5560.30.5+7
Serbian
560.30.6580.30.6-2
Australian Aboriginal
520.30.2220.10.2+30
Canadian
510.30.1260.20.1+25
Hungarian
480.20.4440.30.4+4
Latvian
470.20.2420.30.2+5
Ukrainian
470.20.4580.30.4-11
Lebanese
460.20.4500.30.4-4
Swedish
450.20.2400.20.2+5
Austrian
440.20.2350.20.2+9
Bengali
420.20.1140.10.0+28
Other Southern and East African
390.20.280.00.1+31
Other Indian subcontinent
340.20.2230.10.0+11
Swiss
340.20.1230.10.1+11
Singaporean
310.20.070.00.0+24
Danish
310.20.2350.20.2-4
Other South American
290.10.1110.10.0+18
Central and West African
270.10.160.00.1+21
Lithuanian
260.10.1190.10.1+7
Nepalese
250.10.130.00.0+22
Colombian
240.10.0120.10.0+12
Taiwanese
240.10.0190.10.0+5
Pakistani
230.10.190.10.0+14
Finnish
230.10.1180.10.1+5
Punjabi
220.10.190.10.0+13
Romanian
220.10.1150.10.1+7
Turkish
220.10.1220.10.10
Iraqi
210.10.180.00.0+13
Czech
200.10.1350.20.1-15
Norwegian
200.10.1300.20.1-10
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Adelaide - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Not stated2,19511.25.42,50815.16.3-313

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2011
Ancestry, 2011 English, Greater Adelaide: 37.3% Australian, Greater Adelaide: 32.3% Chinese, Greater Adelaide: 2.9% Irish, Greater Adelaide: 7.6% Scottish, Greater Adelaide: 7.8% German, Greater Adelaide: 6.8% Italian, Greater Adelaide: 6.9% Indian, Greater Adelaide: 1.6% Greek, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Korean, Greater Adelaide: 0.3% English, City of Adelaide: 27.4% Australian, City of Adelaide: 18.7% Chinese, City of Adelaide: 16.6% Irish, City of Adelaide: 8.4% Scottish, City of Adelaide: 7.5% German, City of Adelaide: 5.9% Italian, City of Adelaide: 3.8% Indian, City of Adelaide: 2.8% Greek, City of Adelaide: 2.1% Korean, City of Adelaide: 1.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 English, City of Adelaide: +792 Australian, City of Adelaide: -252 Chinese, City of Adelaide: +1,363 Irish, City of Adelaide: +216 Scottish, City of Adelaide: +252 German, City of Adelaide: +155 Italian, City of Adelaide: +147 Indian, City of Adelaide: +90 Greek, City of Adelaide: +14 Korean, City of Adelaide: +89
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 City of Adelaide in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (5,383 people or 27.4%)
  • Australian (3,665 people or 18.7%)
  • Chinese (3,255 people or 16.6%)
  • Irish (1,654 people or 8.4%)
  • Scottish (1,473 people or 7.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 15,430 responses in total, or 78.57% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (16.6% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (18.7% compared to 32.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (27.4% compared to 37.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (3.8% compared to 6.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Chinese (+1,363 persons)
  • English (+792 persons)
  • Australian (-252 persons)
  • Scottish (+252 persons)

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