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The three largest ancestries in Bankstown City in 2011 were Australian, Lebanese and English.

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 Bankstown City 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 Bankstown City'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
Bankstown City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Australian
32,56917.925.737,47622.029.5-4,907
map this data in atlas.idLebanese31,97417.53.227,33016.03.1+4,644
English
26,87014.725.826,44015.524.6+430
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese15,4388.51.812,3537.21.6+3,085
Chinese
13,4407.48.211,2976.67.1+2,143
Irish
8,2714.58.38,1144.87.9+157
Greek
7,7164.22.67,5214.42.7+195
Italian
6,7703.74.26,6923.94.2+78
Scottish
5,5903.16.35,3693.15.9+221
Macedonian
3,6352.00.63,1881.90.5+447
Indian
2,7141.52.92,4871.52.2+227
German
2,6141.42.52,5791.52.5+35
Arab not further described
2,4501.30.31,7761.00.3+674
Filipino
1,9521.11.91,5290.91.6+423
Egyptian
1,8881.00.51,4080.80.4+480
Syrian
1,8791.00.21,2540.70.1+625
Korean
1,3610.71.11,3750.80.9-14
Pakistani
1,3290.70.37680.50.2+561
Maltese
1,3060.71.21,2480.71.3+58
Polish
1,2810.70.81,4810.90.8-200
Samoan
1,2740.70.41,0780.60.4+196
Palestinian
1,1650.60.17710.50.1+394
Croatian
1,1020.60.81,0830.60.8+19
Maori
1,0700.60.51,0220.60.6+48
Iraqi
1,0530.60.35850.30.2+468
Indonesian
9190.50.45570.30.3+362
Fijian
9190.50.54670.30.2+452
Spanish
8940.50.78300.50.7+64
Bengali
7770.40.42280.10.3+549
Turkish
7660.40.56280.40.5+138
Inadequately Described
7570.40.45030.30.3+254
Tongan
7490.40.34520.30.2+297
Cypriot
7380.40.23690.20.1+369
Portuguese
7290.40.45850.30.4+144
New Zealander
7090.40.87030.40.8+6
Serbian
6520.40.66400.40.7+12
Dutch
6320.31.06810.41.0-49
French
5500.30.66030.40.6-53
Mauritian
5010.30.24290.30.1+72
Central and West African
4960.30.12440.10.1+252
Russian
4640.30.54690.30.5-5
Jordanian
4360.20.12590.20.1+177
Chilean
4280.20.33370.20.3+91
Sinhalese
3910.20.53710.20.5+20
Thai
3850.20.42420.10.2+143
Hungarian
3560.20.44400.30.5-84
Welsh
3370.20.53610.20.5-24
Ukrainian
3340.20.23900.20.2-56
Other Indian subcontinent
3210.20.21260.10.1+195
Other Arab peoples
3190.20.11510.10.0+168
Cook Islander
3000.20.13210.20.1-21
South African
2910.20.62460.10.5+45
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
2760.20.12440.10.1+32
Bosnian
2730.10.11820.10.1+91
Other South American
2570.10.21950.10.2+62
Burmese peoples
2330.10.11150.10.1+118
Afghan
2310.10.21800.10.2+51
Khmer (Cambodian)
2230.10.32140.10.2+9
Australian Aboriginal
2220.10.21870.10.2+35
American
2140.10.32130.10.3+1
Japanese
2120.10.31600.10.3+52
Assyrian/Chaldean
2090.10.52140.10.4-5
Other Central Asian
2020.10.1460.00.0+156
Slovene
1920.10.11950.10.1-3
Iranian
1880.10.31060.10.2+82
Austrian
1860.10.22100.10.2-24
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Bankstown City - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Not stated14,8018.17.016,2709.59.1-1,469

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, Greater Sydney: 25.7% Lebanese, Greater Sydney: 3.2% English, Greater Sydney: 25.8% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 8.2% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.3% Greek, Greater Sydney: 2.6% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.3% Macedonian, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Australian, Bankstown City: 17.9% Lebanese, Bankstown City: 17.5% English, Bankstown City: 14.7% Vietnamese, Bankstown City: 8.5% Chinese, Bankstown City: 7.4% Irish, Bankstown City: 4.5% Greek, Bankstown City: 4.2% Italian, Bankstown City: 3.7% Scottish, Bankstown City: 3.1% Macedonian, Bankstown City: 2.0%
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, Bankstown City: -4,907 Lebanese, Bankstown City: +4,644 English, Bankstown City: +430 Vietnamese, Bankstown City: +3,085 Chinese, Bankstown City: +2,143 Irish, Bankstown City: +157 Greek, Bankstown City: +195 Italian, Bankstown City: +78 Scottish, Bankstown City: +221 Macedonian, Bankstown City: +447
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 Bankstown City in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (32,569 people or 17.9%)
  • Lebanese (31,974 people or 17.5%)
  • English (26,870 people or 14.7%)
  • Vietnamese (15,438 people or 8.5%)
  • Chinese (13,440 people or 7.4%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 120,291 responses in total, or 65.97% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Bankstown City and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Lebanese ancestry (17.5% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (8.5% compared to 1.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (14.7% compared to 25.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (17.9% compared to 25.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-4,907 persons)
  • Lebanese (+4,644 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+3,085 persons)
  • Chinese (+2,143 persons)

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