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The three largest ancestries in South West Corner in 2011 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 South West Corner 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 South West Corner'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
South West Corner - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
English
34626.027.429425.427.6+52
Chinese
27720.816.616714.411.4+110
Australian
23217.518.724020.723.5-8
map this data in atlas.idIrish1299.78.41129.78.6+17
map this data in atlas.idScottish836.37.5756.57.3+8
German
826.15.9574.96.0+25
Indian
453.42.8312.72.8+14
Greek
413.12.1615.32.4-20
Italian
362.73.8322.83.6+4
Filipino
282.10.830.30.3+25

Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
South West Corner - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Not stated715.311.218315.815.1-112

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, City of Adelaide: 27.4% Chinese, City of Adelaide: 16.6% Australian, City of Adelaide: 18.7% Irish, City of Adelaide: 8.4% Scottish, City of Adelaide: 7.5% German, City of Adelaide: 5.9% Indian, City of Adelaide: 2.8% Greek, City of Adelaide: 2.1% Italian, City of Adelaide: 3.8% Filipino, City of Adelaide: 0.8% English, South West Corner: 26.0% Chinese, South West Corner: 20.8% Australian, South West Corner: 17.5% Irish, South West Corner: 9.7% Scottish, South West Corner: 6.3% German, South West Corner: 6.1% Indian, South West Corner: 3.4% Greek, South West Corner: 3.1% Italian, South West Corner: 2.7% Filipino, South West Corner: 2.1%
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, South West Corner: +52 Chinese, South West Corner: +110 Australian, South West Corner: -8 Irish, South West Corner: +17 Scottish, South West Corner: +8 German, South West Corner: +25 Indian, South West Corner: +14 Greek, South West Corner: -20 Italian, South West Corner: +4 Filipino, South West Corner: +25
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 South West Corner in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (346 people or 26.0%)
  • Chinese (277 people or 20.8%)
  • Australian (232 people or 17.5%)
  • Irish (129 people or 9.7%)
  • Scottish (83 people or 6.3%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 1,067 responses in total, or 80.26% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in South West Corner and the City of Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (20.8% compared to 16.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Filipino ancestry (2.1% compared to 0.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (9.7% compared to 8.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (26.0% compared to 27.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+110 persons)
  • English (+52 persons)

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