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The three largest ancestries in Bass Coast Shire in 2016 were English, Australian and Scottish.

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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of ancestry groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

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)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
English
13,93142.540.112,43342.039.9+1,498
Australian
13,08239.940.011,56439.040.9+1,518
map this data in atlas.idScottish3,99112.211.33,48811.810.9+503
map this data in atlas.idIrish3,95112.013.03,56412.012.6+387
Italian
1,5144.63.71,4184.83.6+96
German
1,1503.54.61,0343.54.6+116
Dutch
8862.72.28292.82.3+57
Chinese
2480.81.01700.60.7+78
Welsh
2420.70.52190.70.5+23
Greek
2310.70.62130.70.5+18
New Zealander
2230.70.52320.80.5-9
Maltese
1990.60.62000.70.5-1
Indian
1700.50.71060.40.5+64
Polish
1570.50.61280.40.6+29
French
1560.50.41590.50.4-3
Maori
1060.30.21210.40.2-15
Filipino
1040.30.51070.40.4-3
Inadequately Described
990.30.4670.20.3+32
American
980.30.2530.20.2+45
Danish
970.30.2690.20.2+28
Spanish
930.30.3640.20.2+29
Hungarian
890.30.2670.20.2+22
Croatian
800.20.5660.20.5+14
South African
770.20.2550.20.2+22
Russian
730.20.2610.20.2+12
Sinhalese
690.20.2460.20.1+23
Swiss
640.20.1400.10.1+24
Swedish
620.20.1620.20.10
Ukrainian
610.20.2350.10.2+26
Serbian
600.20.3490.20.3+11
Austrian
600.20.2480.20.2+12
Norwegian
560.20.1350.10.1+21
Thai
510.20.1330.10.1+18
Canadian
490.10.1430.10.1+6
Vietnamese
480.10.1310.10.1+17
Burmese peoples
380.10.1320.10.1+6
Mauritian
370.10.0320.10.0+5
Japanese
320.10.1370.10.1-5
Latvian
320.10.1310.10.1+1
Australian Aboriginal
310.10.2390.10.2-8
Nepalese
300.10.000.00.0+30
Indonesian
270.10.1340.10.1-7
Turkish
260.10.180.00.1+18
Chilean
250.10.0110.00.0+14
Czech
250.10.1150.10.1+10
Lebanese
240.10.1250.10.1-1
Macedonian
240.10.2280.10.2-4
Fijian
210.10.190.00.0+12
Malay
190.10.180.00.0+11
Lithuanian
180.10.1280.10.1-10
Egyptian
180.10.0170.10.0+1
Portuguese
180.10.1180.10.10
Other North-Western European
180.10.0120.00.0+6
Tongan
170.10.160.00.1+11
Slovene
170.10.1130.00.1+4
Other British
160.00.0110.00.0+5
Sudanese
150.00.1180.10.1-3
Belgian
150.00.0120.00.0+3
Brazilian
150.00.0270.10.0-12
Cypriot
140.00.040.00.0+10
Argentinian
120.00.060.00.0+6
Jewish
120.00.090.00.0+3
Other South American
120.00.0110.00.0+1
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
110.00.0120.00.0-1
Papua New Guinean
100.00.0120.00.0-2
Romanian
100.00.050.00.0+5
Samoan
100.00.1100.00.10
Native American (Indian)
100.00.030.00.0+7
Eritrean
100.00.000.00.0+10
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Not stated2,4217.47.92,0266.86.6+395

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2016
Ancestry, 2016 English, Regional VIC: 40.1% Australian, Regional VIC: 40.0% Scottish, Regional VIC: 11.3% Irish, Regional VIC: 13.0% Italian, Regional VIC: 3.7% German, Regional VIC: 4.6% Dutch, Regional VIC: 2.2% Chinese, Regional VIC: 1.0% Welsh, Regional VIC: 0.5% Greek, Regional VIC: 0.6% English, Bass Coast Shire: 42.5% Australian, Bass Coast Shire: 39.9% Scottish, Bass Coast Shire: 12.2% Irish, Bass Coast Shire: 12.0% Italian, Bass Coast Shire: 4.6% German, Bass Coast Shire: 3.5% Dutch, Bass Coast Shire: 2.7% Chinese, 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, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 English, Bass Coast Shire: +1,498 Australian, Bass Coast Shire: +1,518 Scottish, Bass Coast Shire: +503 Irish, Bass Coast Shire: +387 Italian, Bass Coast Shire: +96 German, Bass Coast Shire: +116 Dutch, Bass Coast Shire: +57 Chinese, Bass Coast Shire: +78 Welsh, Bass Coast Shire: +23 Greek, Bass Coast Shire: +18
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (13,931 people or 42.5%)
  • Australian (13,082 people or 39.9%)
  • Scottish (3,991 people or 12.2%)
  • Irish (3,951 people or 12.0%)
  • Italian (1,514 people or 4.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 36,469 responses in total, or 111.14% 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 (42.5% compared to 40.1%)
  • 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 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Australian (+1,518 persons)
  • English (+1,498 persons)
  • Scottish (+503 persons)
  • Irish (+387 persons)

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