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The three largest ancestries in the Shire of Ashburton in 2011 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.

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)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Australian3,67936.840.12,65843.744.0+1,021
English3,41034.139.01,94432.037.3+1,466
Irish9289.38.44457.37.7+483
Scottish8438.48.54487.47.7+395
German3553.53.32013.33.0+154
Australian Aboriginal3203.23.12644.33.2+56
Maori2362.41.21031.70.8+133
Italian1941.93.61161.93.6+78
New Zealander1891.91.21081.81.1+81
Dutch1791.81.91091.81.9+70
Chinese971.00.7360.60.5+61
Filipino810.80.9380.60.4+43
Welsh640.60.7410.70.7+23
Indian600.60.5340.60.3+26
Polish580.60.6300.50.7+28
South African560.60.7310.50.5+25
Inadequately Described450.40.4180.30.3+27
French370.40.4210.30.3+16
Thai320.30.2170.30.1+15
Croatian300.30.3150.20.3+15
Indonesian300.30.2100.20.1+20
Austrian260.30.1110.20.1+15
Maltese260.30.1150.20.1+11
Zimbabwean250.30.160.10.1+19
Greek240.20.3130.20.3+11
Samoan230.20.190.10.0+14
Swiss220.20.160.10.1+16
Danish200.20.2110.20.2+9
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,51915.29.878112.810.2+738

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 Australian, Regional WA: 40.1% English, Regional WA: 39.0% Irish, Regional WA: 8.4% Scottish, Regional WA: 8.5% German, Regional WA: 3.3% Australian Aboriginal, Regional WA: 3.1% Maori, Regional WA: 1.2% Italian, Regional WA: 3.6% New Zealander, Regional WA: 1.2% Dutch, Regional WA: 1.9% Australian, Shire of Ashburton: 36.8% English, Shire of Ashburton: 34.1% Irish, Shire of Ashburton: 9.3% Scottish, Shire of Ashburton: 8.4% German, Shire of Ashburton: 3.5% Australian Aboriginal, Shire of Ashburton: 3.2% Maori, Shire of Ashburton: 2.4% Italian, Shire of Ashburton: 1.9% New Zealander, Shire of Ashburton: 1.9% Dutch, Shire of Ashburton: 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 Australian, Shire of Ashburton: +1,021 English, Shire of Ashburton: +1,466 Irish, Shire of Ashburton: +483 Scottish, Shire of Ashburton: +395 German, Shire of Ashburton: +154 Australian Aboriginal, Shire of Ashburton: +56 Maori, Shire of Ashburton: +133 Italian, Shire of Ashburton: +78 New Zealander, Shire of Ashburton: +81 Dutch, Shire of Ashburton: +70
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 Shire of Ashburton in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (3,679 people or 36.8%)
  • English (3,410 people or 34.1%)
  • Irish (928 people or 9.3%)
  • Scottish (843 people or 8.4%)
  • German (355 people or 3.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 9,215 responses in total, or 92.13% 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 (2.4% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (34.1% compared to 39.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (36.8% compared to 40.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (1.9% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+1,466 persons)
  • Australian (+1,021 persons)
  • Irish (+483 persons)
  • Scottish (+395 persons)

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