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The three largest ancestries in South Ward 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 South Ward 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 Ward'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 Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Australian
11,55627.717.913,06133.222.0-1,505
English
10,01724.014.79,51824.215.5+499
Irish
3,5038.44.53,1748.14.8+329
Chinese
3,3988.17.42,5426.56.6+856
map this data in atlas.idLebanese2,4555.917.52,0645.216.0+391
Scottish
2,3745.73.12,1435.43.1+232
Greek
2,2935.54.21,8914.84.4+402
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese1,8084.38.51,4593.77.2+349
Italian
1,6243.93.71,4153.63.9+209
German
9442.31.48042.01.5+140
Macedonian
8642.12.06091.51.9+255
Indian
8362.01.57241.81.5+112
Filipino
4731.11.13811.00.9+92
Egyptian
4631.11.03570.90.8+106
Maltese
4471.10.74311.10.7+16
Croatian
3370.80.63000.80.6+37
Maori
2870.70.62170.60.6+70
New Zealander
2510.60.42520.60.4-1
Polish
2400.60.72410.60.9-1
Dutch
2180.50.32930.70.4-75
Spanish
2140.50.52130.50.5+1
Samoan
1880.50.71350.30.6+53
Arab not further described
1880.51.31410.41.0+47
Indonesian
1830.40.5740.20.3+109
French
1630.40.31390.40.4+24
Cypriot
1600.40.4750.20.2+85
Korean
1480.40.71250.30.8+23
Welsh
1440.30.21330.30.2+11
Inadequately Described
1420.30.41210.30.3+21
Syrian
1370.31.0920.20.7+45
Fijian
1340.30.5970.20.3+37
Russian
1300.30.31120.30.3+18
Chilean
1260.30.21280.30.2-2
Portuguese
1250.30.41000.30.3+25
Mauritian
1230.30.3850.20.3+38
Pakistani
1170.30.7960.20.5+21
Serbian
1110.30.41030.30.4+8
Hungarian
1070.30.21060.30.3+1
Thai
1060.30.2710.20.1+35
Turkish
1060.30.4580.10.4+48
Sinhalese
1030.20.21010.30.2+2
South African
1000.20.21040.30.1-4
Palestinian
920.20.6540.10.5+38
Other Indian subcontinent
890.20.2260.10.1+63
American
890.20.1910.20.1-2
Japanese
880.20.1610.20.1+27
Other South American
840.20.1370.10.1+47
Australian Aboriginal
800.20.1300.10.1+50
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
750.20.21100.30.1-35
Danish
730.20.1480.10.1+25
Tongan
710.20.4410.10.3+30
Swedish
690.20.1580.10.1+11
Austrian
620.10.1640.20.1-2
Bengali
590.10.4140.00.1+45
Iraqi
590.10.6500.10.3+9
Bosnian
560.10.1570.10.1-1
Nepalese
550.10.130.00.0+52
Ukrainian
530.10.2400.10.2+13
Central and West African
520.10.3220.10.1+30
Latvian
510.10.1730.20.1-22
Cook Islander
490.10.2510.10.2-2
Peruvian
490.10.1500.10.1-1
Slovene
440.10.1340.10.1+10
Finnish
430.10.0300.10.1+13
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
South Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Not stated2,6436.38.12,7677.09.5-124

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, Bankstown City: 17.9% English, Bankstown City: 14.7% Irish, Bankstown City: 4.5% Chinese, Bankstown City: 7.4% Lebanese, Bankstown City: 17.5% Scottish, Bankstown City: 3.1% Greek, Bankstown City: 4.2% Vietnamese, Bankstown City: 8.5% Italian, Bankstown City: 3.7% German, Bankstown City: 1.4% Australian, South Ward: 27.7% English, South Ward: 24.0% Irish, South Ward: 8.4% Chinese, South Ward: 8.1% Lebanese, South Ward: 5.9% Scottish, South Ward: 5.7% Greek, South Ward: 5.5% Vietnamese, South Ward: 4.3% Italian, South Ward: 3.9% German, South Ward: 2.3%
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, South Ward: -1,505 English, South Ward: +499 Irish, South Ward: +329 Chinese, South Ward: +856 Lebanese, South Ward: +391 Scottish, South Ward: +232 Greek, South Ward: +402 Vietnamese, South Ward: +349 Italian, South Ward: +209 German, South Ward: +140
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 Ward in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (11,556 people or 27.7%)
  • English (10,017 people or 24.0%)
  • Irish (3,503 people or 8.4%)
  • Chinese (3,398 people or 8.1%)
  • Lebanese (2,455 people or 5.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 30,929 responses in total, or 74.16% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (27.7% compared to 17.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (24.0% compared to 14.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Lebanese ancestry (5.9% compared to 17.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (4.3% compared to 8.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-1,505 persons)
  • Chinese (+856 persons)
  • English (+499 persons)
  • Greek (+402 persons)

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