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Ancestry

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

The three largest ancestries in the Shire of Ashburton in 2016 were Australian, English and Irish.

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 Shire of Ashburton 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 Shire of Ashburton'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
Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Australian4,29233.039.93,67936.840.1+613
English4,06431.239.43,41034.139.0+654
Irish1,2369.58.79289.38.4+308
Scottish1,1628.98.88438.48.5+319
German4163.23.33553.53.3+61
Maori3983.11.22362.41.2+162
Italian3242.53.61941.93.6+130
Filipino2972.31.3810.80.9+216
Australian Aboriginal2742.13.13203.23.1-46
New Zealander2582.01.31891.91.2+69
Dutch1981.51.81791.81.9+19
Chinese1921.50.8971.00.7+95
Indian1791.40.7600.60.5+119
South African1010.80.8560.60.7+45
Welsh900.70.7640.60.7+26
Inadequately Described830.60.5450.40.4+38
Polish670.50.6580.60.6+9
Croatian610.50.3300.30.3+31
Spanish570.40.3120.10.2+45
Khmer (Cambodian)510.40.000.00.0+51
French470.40.5370.40.4+10
Thai470.40.3320.30.2+15
Greek420.30.3240.20.3+18
Zimbabwean380.30.2250.30.1+13
Indonesian370.30.2300.30.2+7
Cook Islander350.30.1100.10.1+25
Samoan340.30.1230.20.1+11
Portuguese330.30.1190.20.1+14
Serbian330.30.2190.20.2+14
Maltese320.20.1260.30.1+6
Korean320.20.1120.10.1+20
Papua New Guinean310.20.180.10.1+23
American280.20.3160.20.3+12
Russian270.20.2140.10.1+13
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)260.20.1150.20.1+11
Malay250.20.2150.20.2+10
Austrian250.20.1260.30.1-1
Macedonian230.20.180.10.1+15
Other Southern and East African210.20.190.10.1+12
Sinhalese210.20.150.10.1+16
Vietnamese200.20.270.10.1+13
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Not stated2,18616.810.31,51915.29.8+667

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 Australian, Regional WA: 39.9% English, Regional WA: 39.4% Irish, Regional WA: 8.7% Scottish, Regional WA: 8.8% German, Regional WA: 3.3% Maori, Regional WA: 1.2% Italian, Regional WA: 3.6% Filipino, Regional WA: 1.3% Australian Aboriginal, Regional WA: 3.1% New Zealander, Regional WA: 1.3% Australian, Shire of Ashburton: 33.0% English, Shire of Ashburton: 31.2% Irish, Shire of Ashburton: 9.5% Scottish, Shire of Ashburton: 8.9% German, Shire of Ashburton: 3.2% Maori, Shire of Ashburton: 3.1% Italian, Shire of Ashburton: 2.5% Filipino, Shire of Ashburton: 2.3% Australian Aboriginal, Shire of Ashburton: 2.1% New Zealander, Shire of Ashburton: 2.0%
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 Australian, Shire of Ashburton: +613 English, Shire of Ashburton: +654 Irish, Shire of Ashburton: +308 Scottish, Shire of Ashburton: +319 German, Shire of Ashburton: +61 Maori, Shire of Ashburton: +162 Italian, Shire of Ashburton: +130 Filipino, Shire of Ashburton: +216 Australian Aboriginal, Shire of Ashburton: -46 New Zealander, Shire of Ashburton: +69
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 Shire of Ashburton in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (4,292 people or 33.0%)
  • English (4,064 people or 31.2%)
  • Irish (1,236 people or 9.5%)
  • Scottish (1,162 people or 8.9%)
  • German (416 people or 3.2%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 11,170 responses in total, or 85.77% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the Shire of Ashburton and Regional WA were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Māori ancestry (3.1% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (31.2% compared to 39.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (33.0% compared to 39.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (2.5% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+654 persons)
  • Australian (+613 persons)
  • Scottish (+319 persons)
  • Irish (+308 persons)

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