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The three largest ancestries in Bass Coast Shire in 2011 were English, Australian 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 Bass Coast Shire 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 Bass Coast Shire'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
Bass Coast Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
English
12,43342.039.910,27438.735.8+2,159
Australian
11,56439.040.911,00541.545.8+559
map this data in atlas.idIrish3,56412.012.62,71310.211.3+851
map this data in atlas.idScottish3,48811.810.92,75710.49.4+731
Italian
1,4184.83.61,3155.03.5+103
German
1,0343.54.68433.24.4+191
Dutch
8292.82.37522.82.3+77
New Zealander
2320.80.51400.50.5+92
Welsh
2190.70.51920.70.5+27
Greek
2130.70.51550.60.6+58
Maltese
2000.70.51160.40.5+84
Chinese
1700.60.71300.50.6+40
French
1590.50.41040.40.3+55
Polish
1280.40.6770.30.6+51
Maori
1210.40.2590.20.2+62
Filipino
1070.40.4620.20.3+45
Indian
1060.40.5580.20.2+48
Danish
690.20.2590.20.2+10
Hungarian
670.20.2730.30.3-6
Inadequately Described
670.20.3410.20.2+26
Croatian
660.20.5450.20.5+21
Spanish
640.20.2440.20.2+20
Swedish
620.20.1690.30.1-7
Russian
610.20.2530.20.1+8
South African
550.20.2340.10.1+21
American
530.20.2570.20.2-4
Serbian
490.20.3390.10.3+10
Austrian
480.20.2420.20.2+6
Sinhalese
460.20.1360.10.1+10
Canadian
430.10.1350.10.1+8
Swiss
400.10.1420.20.1-2
Australian Aboriginal
390.10.2200.10.2+19
Japanese
370.10.1250.10.1+12
Norwegian
350.10.1350.10.10
Ukrainian
350.10.2250.10.2+10
Indonesian
340.10.160.00.0+28
Thai
330.10.1160.10.1+17
Mauritian
320.10.0200.10.0+12
Burmese peoples
320.10.100.00.0+32
Latvian
310.10.1250.10.1+6
Vietnamese
310.10.1180.10.1+13
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Bass Coast Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Not stated2,0266.86.62,4749.37.1-448

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 English, Regional VIC: 39.9% Australian, Regional VIC: 40.9% Irish, Regional VIC: 12.6% Scottish, Regional VIC: 10.9% Italian, Regional VIC: 3.6% German, Regional VIC: 4.6% Dutch, Regional VIC: 2.3% New Zealander, Regional VIC: 0.5% Welsh, Regional VIC: 0.5% Greek, Regional VIC: 0.5% English, Bass Coast Shire: 42.0% Australian, Bass Coast Shire: 39.0% Irish, Bass Coast Shire: 12.0% Scottish, Bass Coast Shire: 11.8% Italian, Bass Coast Shire: 4.8% German, Bass Coast Shire: 3.5% Dutch, Bass Coast Shire: 2.8% New Zealander, Bass Coast Shire: 0.8% Welsh, Bass Coast Shire: 0.7% Greek, Bass Coast Shire: 0.7%
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 English, Bass Coast Shire: +2,159 Australian, Bass Coast Shire: +559 Irish, Bass Coast Shire: +851 Scottish, Bass Coast Shire: +731 Italian, Bass Coast Shire: +103 German, Bass Coast Shire: +191 Dutch, Bass Coast Shire: +77 New Zealander, Bass Coast Shire: +92 Welsh, Bass Coast Shire: +27 Greek, Bass Coast Shire: +58
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 Bass Coast Shire in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (12,433 people or 42.0%)
  • Australian (11,564 people or 39.0%)
  • Irish (3,564 people or 12.0%)
  • Scottish (3,488 people or 11.8%)
  • Italian (1,418 people or 4.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 32,467 responses in total, or 109.63% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Bass Coast Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (42.0% compared to 39.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.8% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (39.0% compared to 40.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with German ancestry (3.5% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+2,159 persons)
  • Irish (+851 persons)
  • Scottish (+731 persons)
  • Australian (+559 persons)

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