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The three largest ancestries in the City of Adelaide in 2016 were English, Chinese and Australian.

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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of ancestry groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

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)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
English
5,57225.237.35,38327.437.3+189
Chinese
4,67221.23.93,25516.62.9+1,417
Australian
3,97318.030.93,66518.732.3+308
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,7047.78.11,6548.47.6+50
map this data in atlas.idScottish1,5296.98.21,4737.57.8+56
German
1,1185.16.81,1525.96.8-34
Italian
8784.06.87423.86.9+136
Indian
6362.92.45562.81.6+80
Greek
4081.82.74082.12.80
Korean
3331.50.33091.60.3+24
Vietnamese
2911.31.51360.71.3+155
Dutch
2161.01.62111.11.7+5
Polish
1990.91.31991.01.30
Filipino
1640.71.01620.80.8+2
Japanese
1510.70.21210.60.2+30
Spanish
1480.70.4740.40.3+74
Malay
1450.70.21991.00.2-54
French
1380.60.51300.70.4+8
Inadequately Described
1260.60.6890.50.4+37
Iranian
1260.60.31020.50.2+24
Welsh
1260.60.81090.60.7+17
Arab not further described
1210.50.11270.60.1-6
Sinhalese
1190.50.31270.60.2-8
Russian
1140.50.4880.40.4+26
Other Arab peoples
1110.50.11120.60.0-1
Thai
980.40.2860.40.1+12
Brazilian
930.40.1140.10.0+79
Croatian
830.40.5780.40.5+5
Serbian
780.40.6560.30.6+22
New Zealander
760.30.4860.40.4-10
American
730.30.2900.50.2-17
Australian Aboriginal
720.30.3520.30.2+20
Hungarian
720.30.4480.20.4+24
Maltese
660.30.5630.30.5+3
Indonesian
620.30.2640.30.1-2
Lebanese
610.30.4460.20.4+15
Portuguese
580.30.1170.10.1+41
Bengali
560.30.2420.20.1+14
Latvian
550.20.2470.20.2+8
Ukrainian
550.20.4470.20.4+8
Pakistani
540.20.2230.10.1+31
Swedish
460.20.2450.20.2+1
South African
450.20.3660.30.3-21
Canadian
370.20.1510.30.1-14
Colombian
350.20.0240.10.0+11
Danish
350.20.2310.20.2+4
Romanian
350.20.1220.10.1+13
Other Southern and East African
340.20.2390.20.2-5
Burmese peoples
340.20.2180.10.1+16
Mexican
330.10.0180.10.0+15
Other Central Asian
320.10.3190.10.1+13
Norwegian
310.10.1200.10.1+11
Sudanese
310.10.270.00.2+24
Austrian
310.10.2440.20.2-13
Khmer (Cambodian)
300.10.4160.10.3+14
Swiss
300.10.1340.20.1-4
Taiwanese
300.10.0240.10.0+6
Afghan
280.10.4140.10.2+14
Czech
270.10.1200.10.1+7
Central and West African
270.10.2270.10.10
Maori
270.10.2190.10.2+8
Other South American
270.10.1290.10.1-2
Cypriot
260.10.2170.10.2+9
Egyptian
260.10.1190.10.1+7
Estonian
240.10.1160.10.1+8
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Not stated2,49911.35.32,19511.25.4+304

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2016
Ancestry, 2016 English, Greater Adelaide: 37.3% Chinese, Greater Adelaide: 3.9% Australian, Greater Adelaide: 30.9% Irish, Greater Adelaide: 8.1% Scottish, Greater Adelaide: 8.2% German, Greater Adelaide: 6.8% Italian, Greater Adelaide: 6.8% Indian, Greater Adelaide: 2.4% Greek, Greater Adelaide: 2.7% Korean, Greater Adelaide: 0.3% English, City of Adelaide: 25.2% Chinese, City of Adelaide: 21.2% Australian, City of Adelaide: 18.0% Irish, City of Adelaide: 7.7% Scottish, City of Adelaide: 6.9% German, City of Adelaide: 5.1% Italian, City of Adelaide: 4.0% Indian, City of Adelaide: 2.9% Greek, City of Adelaide: 1.8% Korean, City of Adelaide: 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 English, City of Adelaide: +189 Chinese, City of Adelaide: +1,417 Australian, City of Adelaide: +308 Irish, City of Adelaide: +50 Scottish, City of Adelaide: +56 German, City of Adelaide: -34 Italian, City of Adelaide: +136 Indian, City of Adelaide: +80 Greek, City of Adelaide: 0 Korean, City of Adelaide: +24
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (5,572 people or 25.2%)
  • Chinese (4,672 people or 21.2%)
  • Australian (3,973 people or 18.0%)
  • Irish (1,704 people or 7.7%)
  • Scottish (1,529 people or 6.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 17,450 responses in total, or 79.07% 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 (21.2% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (18.0% compared to 30.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (25.2% compared to 37.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.0% compared to 6.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Chinese (+1,417 persons)
  • Australian (+308 persons)
  • English (+189 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+155 persons)

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