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The three largest ancestries in Bankstown in 2011 were Lebanese, Vietnamese 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 Bankstown 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'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 - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idLebanese5,37417.517.54,75017.816.0+624
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese4,87215.98.53,68813.87.2+1,185
Chinese
3,28610.77.42,6039.86.6+683
Australian
2,1697.117.92,3658.922.0-196
English
2,0476.714.71,8466.915.5+201
Greek
1,0473.44.21,0534.04.4-6
Macedonian
9403.12.09213.51.9+20
Indian
6832.21.56192.31.5+64
Italian
6462.13.76382.43.9+9
Arab not further described
6132.01.34651.71.0+147
Pakistani
5651.80.72871.10.5+278
Filipino
4681.51.13521.30.9+116
Egyptian
4381.41.02631.00.8+174
Irish
3911.34.54301.64.8-39
Samoan
3601.20.73031.10.6+57
Bengali
3301.10.4670.30.1+263
Syrian
3291.11.02601.00.7+69
Palestinian
3191.00.62000.80.5+119
Iraqi
3011.00.62270.80.3+75
Korean
2991.00.72981.10.8+1
Inadequately Described
2700.90.41470.60.3+122
Indonesian
2600.80.51500.60.3+110
Central and West African
2530.80.31490.60.1+104
Scottish
2380.83.12581.03.1-20
Polish
2070.70.72440.90.9-38
German
1910.61.41980.71.5-7
Maori
1690.60.61350.50.6+35
Fijian
1680.50.51190.40.3+49
Jordanian
1610.50.21100.40.2+52
Turkish
1590.50.41460.50.4+13
Tongan
1450.50.4670.20.3+78
Cypriot
1330.40.4650.20.2+68
Serbian
1240.40.41290.50.4-4
Croatian
1210.40.61200.50.6+1
Spanish
1160.40.51220.50.5-7
Portuguese
1060.30.4590.20.3+47
Bosnian
1030.30.1780.30.1+25
Afghan
1020.30.1960.40.1+6
Other Arab peoples
970.30.2520.20.1+45
Maltese
830.30.7960.40.7-13
Other Indian subcontinent
740.20.2480.20.1+26
New Zealander
720.20.4660.20.4+6
Thai
660.20.2370.10.1+29
Mauritian
650.20.3390.10.3+26
Iranian
620.20.1300.10.1+31
Kurdish
610.20.1740.30.1-13
French
610.20.3690.30.4-8
Nepalese
590.20.1260.10.0+33
Cook Islander
580.20.21190.40.2-61
Chilean
570.20.2420.20.2+15
Sinhalese
570.20.2570.20.20
Russian
540.20.3650.20.3-12
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
530.20.2430.20.1+10
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
500.20.1250.10.1+25
Malay
490.20.1510.20.1-2
Other Polynesian
440.10.1170.10.0+26
Hungarian
440.10.2380.10.3+6
Other Southern and East African
430.10.1190.10.0+23
Other South American
420.10.1320.10.1+10
Other Central Asian
420.10.1220.10.0+20
Ethiopian
390.10.0130.00.0+26
Dutch
360.10.3360.10.40
Armenian
350.10.1210.10.1+14
Burmese peoples
310.10.1160.10.1+15
Khmer (Cambodian)
310.10.1330.10.1-2
South African
310.10.2280.10.1+3
Sudanese
310.10.1110.00.1+20
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Bankstown - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Not stated3,44911.28.13,82014.39.5-371

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 Lebanese, Bankstown City: 17.5% Vietnamese, Bankstown City: 8.5% Chinese, Bankstown City: 7.4% Australian, Bankstown City: 17.9% English, Bankstown City: 14.7% Greek, Bankstown City: 4.2% Macedonian, Bankstown City: 2.0% Indian, Bankstown City: 1.5% Italian, Bankstown City: 3.7% Arab not further described, Bankstown City: 1.3% Lebanese, Bankstown: 17.5% Vietnamese, Bankstown: 15.9% Chinese, Bankstown: 10.7% Australian, Bankstown: 7.1% English, Bankstown: 6.7% Greek, Bankstown: 3.4% Macedonian, Bankstown: 3.1% Indian, Bankstown: 2.2% Italian, Bankstown: 2.1% Arab not further described, Bankstown: 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 Lebanese, Bankstown: +624 Vietnamese, Bankstown: +1,185 Chinese, Bankstown: +683 Australian, Bankstown: -196 English, Bankstown: +201 Greek, Bankstown: -6 Macedonian, Bankstown: +20 Indian, Bankstown: +64 Italian, Bankstown: +9 Arab not further described, Bankstown: +147
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 in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Lebanese (5,374 people or 17.5%)
  • Vietnamese (4,872 people or 15.9%)
  • Chinese (3,286 people or 10.7%)
  • Australian (2,169 people or 7.1%)
  • English (2,047 people or 6.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 17,748 responses in total, or 57.89% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (15.9% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (10.7% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (7.1% compared to 17.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (6.7% compared to 14.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vietnamese (+1,185 persons)
  • Chinese (+683 persons)
  • Lebanese (+624 persons)
  • Pakistani (+278 persons)

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