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West Ward
Ancestry

The three largest ancestries in West Ward in 2011 were Australian, English and Lebanese.

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 West 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 West 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
West Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Australian
9,00622.517.910,38427.422.0-1,378
English
7,32018.314.77,16718.915.5+153
map this data in atlas.idLebanese5,66214.117.54,68212.416.0+980
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese2,6926.78.52,1865.87.2+506
Irish
2,2445.64.52,2886.04.8-44
Greek
2,1595.44.22,1665.74.4-6
Italian
2,1305.33.72,1395.73.9-9
Chinese
2,0105.07.41,5894.26.6+421
Scottish
1,5313.83.11,4403.83.1+91
Macedonian
9322.32.08042.11.9+128
German
7391.81.47211.91.5+18
Indian
4901.21.54151.11.5+75
Egyptian
4401.11.02650.70.8+175
Maltese
4301.10.74311.10.7-1
Arab not further described
3921.01.32350.61.0+157
Filipino
3851.01.12480.70.9+137
Syrian
3470.91.01950.50.7+152
Polish
3220.80.73881.00.9-66
Samoan
2600.60.72430.60.6+17
Croatian
2580.60.62520.70.6+5
Maori
2570.60.62480.70.6+9
Palestinian
2200.50.61490.40.5+71
Cypriot
2000.50.4880.20.2+112
New Zealander
1970.50.41910.50.4+5
Spanish
1920.50.51790.50.5+13
Iraqi
1910.50.6680.20.3+123
Dutch
1830.50.31260.30.4+57
Fijian
1720.40.5700.20.3+102
Serbian
1570.40.41330.40.4+24
Tongan
1510.40.4920.20.3+59
Chilean
1350.30.2560.10.2+79
Korean
1260.30.71410.40.8-15
French
1190.30.31470.40.4-29
Pakistani
1180.30.7620.20.5+57
Portuguese
1170.30.41000.30.3+17
Mauritian
1160.30.31210.30.3-5
Inadequately Described
1130.30.41100.30.3+3
Assyrian/Chaldean
1090.30.1810.20.1+28
Turkish
1090.30.4830.20.4+26
Indonesian
1050.30.5920.20.3+13
Thai
960.20.2570.20.1+39
Australian Aboriginal
950.20.1400.10.1+55
Ukrainian
940.20.2880.20.2+6
Welsh
930.20.21030.30.2-10
Russian
910.20.31240.30.3-33
Hungarian
910.20.21130.30.3-22
Cook Islander
820.20.2610.20.2+21
Slovene
790.20.1900.20.1-11
South African
670.20.2760.20.1-9
Bosnian
590.10.1170.00.1+42
Other South American
580.10.1490.10.1+9
Latvian
580.10.1710.20.1-13
Other Indian subcontinent
550.10.2220.10.1+33
Sinhalese
510.10.2630.20.2-12
American
480.10.1430.10.1+5
Jordanian
480.10.2170.00.2+31
Khmer (Cambodian)
470.10.1110.00.1+36
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
450.10.2510.10.1-6
Armenian
440.10.1320.10.1+12
Czech
430.10.1410.10.1+2
Austrian
420.10.1570.20.1-15
Japanese
420.10.1270.10.1+15
Nepalese
420.10.1100.00.0+32
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
West Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Bankstown City %Number%Bankstown City %2006 to 2011
Not stated2,8217.08.12,7677.39.5+54

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% Lebanese, Bankstown City: 17.5% Vietnamese, Bankstown City: 8.5% Irish, Bankstown City: 4.5% Greek, Bankstown City: 4.2% Italian, Bankstown City: 3.7% Chinese, Bankstown City: 7.4% Scottish, Bankstown City: 3.1% Macedonian, Bankstown City: 2.0% Australian, West Ward: 22.5% English, West Ward: 18.3% Lebanese, West Ward: 14.1% Vietnamese, West Ward: 6.7% Irish, West Ward: 5.6% Greek, West Ward: 5.4% Italian, West Ward: 5.3% Chinese, West Ward: 5.0% Scottish, West Ward: 3.8% Macedonian, West 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, West Ward: -1,378 English, West Ward: +153 Lebanese, West Ward: +980 Vietnamese, West Ward: +506 Irish, West Ward: -44 Greek, West Ward: -6 Italian, West Ward: -9 Chinese, West Ward: +421 Scottish, West Ward: +91 Macedonian, West Ward: +128
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 West Ward in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (9,006 people or 22.5%)
  • English (7,320 people or 18.3%)
  • Lebanese (5,662 people or 14.1%)
  • Vietnamese (2,692 people or 6.7%)
  • Irish (2,244 people or 5.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 26,924 responses in total, or 67.21% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (22.5% compared to 17.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (18.3% compared to 14.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Lebanese ancestry (14.1% compared to 17.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (5.0% compared to 7.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-1,378 persons)
  • Lebanese (+980 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+506 persons)
  • Chinese (+421 persons)

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