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The three largest ancestries in South East Overlay 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 South East Overlay 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 East Overlay'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 East Overlay - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
English
1,52231.527.41,42631.027.6+96
Australian
98420.318.71,20526.223.5-221
Chinese
58512.116.63668.011.4+219
map this data in atlas.idIrish4739.88.44549.98.6+19
map this data in atlas.idScottish4519.37.53748.17.3+77
German
2695.65.92725.96.0-3
Italian
1964.13.81813.93.6+15
Greek
1062.22.11292.82.4-23
Indian
841.72.8811.82.8+3
Dutch
661.41.1551.21.2+11
Polish
631.31.0691.51.1-6
Korean
601.21.6651.41.3-5
Filipino
360.70.8110.20.3+25
Welsh
350.70.6451.00.7-10
French
310.60.7461.00.7-15
Malay
290.61.0230.51.2+6
Spanish
280.60.4220.50.3+6
American
280.60.590.20.3+19
New Zealander
260.50.480.20.4+18
Ukrainian
240.50.2150.30.3+9
Croatian
230.50.4160.30.4+7
Vietnamese
200.40.7140.30.4+6
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
South East Overlay - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Not stated58712.111.263313.815.1-46

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% 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% Greek, City of Adelaide: 2.1% Indian, City of Adelaide: 2.8% Dutch, City of Adelaide: 1.1% English, South East Overlay: 31.5% Australian, South East Overlay: 20.3% Chinese, South East Overlay: 12.1% Irish, South East Overlay: 9.8% Scottish, South East Overlay: 9.3% German, South East Overlay: 5.6% Italian, South East Overlay: 4.1% Greek, South East Overlay: 2.2% Indian, South East Overlay: 1.7% Dutch, South East Overlay: 1.4%
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 East Overlay: +96 Australian, South East Overlay: -221 Chinese, South East Overlay: +219 Irish, South East Overlay: +19 Scottish, South East Overlay: +77 German, South East Overlay: -3 Italian, South East Overlay: +15 Greek, South East Overlay: -23 Indian, South East Overlay: +3 Dutch, South East Overlay: +11
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 East Overlay in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (1,522 people or 31.5%)
  • Australian (984 people or 20.3%)
  • Chinese (585 people or 12.1%)
  • Irish (473 people or 9.8%)
  • Scottish (451 people or 9.3%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 4,015 responses in total, or 82.99% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in South East Overlay and the City of Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (31.5% compared to 27.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (9.3% compared to 7.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (20.3% compared to 18.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (12.1% compared to 16.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-221 persons)
  • Chinese (+219 persons)
  • English (+96 persons)
  • Scottish (+77 persons)

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