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The three largest ancestries in South West Overlay 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 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 West 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 West Overlay - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
English
62926.227.451524.027.6+114
Chinese
48920.416.634015.911.4+149
Australian
41917.418.744220.623.5-23
map this data in atlas.idIrish2138.98.41848.68.6+29
map this data in atlas.idScottish1626.87.51416.67.3+21
German
1476.15.91044.96.0+43
Italian
964.03.8713.33.6+25
Greek
702.92.1783.62.4-8
Indian
522.22.8432.02.8+9
Korean
431.81.6180.81.3+25
Filipino
371.60.860.30.3+31
Dutch
341.41.1261.21.2+8
Malay
301.31.0120.61.2+18
French
261.10.7180.80.7+8
Polish
251.01.0160.71.1+9
New Zealander
231.00.4160.70.4+7
Japanese
220.90.6180.80.7+4
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
South West Overlay - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Adelaide %Number%City of Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Not stated1747.311.236917.215.1-195

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% Italian, City of Adelaide: 3.8% Greek, City of Adelaide: 2.1% Indian, City of Adelaide: 2.8% Korean, City of Adelaide: 1.6% English, South West Overlay: 26.2% Chinese, South West Overlay: 20.4% Australian, South West Overlay: 17.4% Irish, South West Overlay: 8.9% Scottish, South West Overlay: 6.8% German, South West Overlay: 6.1% Italian, South West Overlay: 4.0% Greek, South West Overlay: 2.9% Indian, South West Overlay: 2.2% Korean, South West Overlay: 1.8%
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 Overlay: +114 Chinese, South West Overlay: +149 Australian, South West Overlay: -23 Irish, South West Overlay: +29 Scottish, South West Overlay: +21 German, South West Overlay: +43 Italian, South West Overlay: +25 Greek, South West Overlay: -8 Indian, South West Overlay: +9 Korean, South West Overlay: +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 Overlay in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (629 people or 26.2%)
  • Chinese (489 people or 20.4%)
  • Australian (419 people or 17.4%)
  • Irish (213 people or 8.9%)
  • Scottish (162 people or 6.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 1,912 responses in total, or 79.68% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (20.4% compared to 16.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (17.4% compared to 18.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (26.2% 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 (+149 persons)
  • English (+114 persons)

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