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The three largest ancestries in North Wonthaggi in 2016 were Australian, English 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 North Wonthaggi 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 North Wonthaggi'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
North Wonthaggi - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Bass Coast Shire %Number%Bass Coast Shire %2011 to 2016
Australian
1,23743.839.91,02839.839.0+209
English
1,15140.842.51,08442.042.0+67
map this data in atlas.idScottish29710.612.227210.611.8+25
map this data in atlas.idIrish2759.712.027510.712.0-1
Italian
1535.54.61937.54.8-39
German
802.83.5863.43.5-7
Dutch
732.62.7863.42.8-14
Indian
220.80.5240.90.4-2
Chinese
220.80.860.20.6+16
New Zealander
190.70.7190.70.80
Maltese
160.60.670.30.7+9
Burmese peoples
130.50.1100.40.1+3
French
120.40.5130.50.5-1
Sudanese
120.40.000.00.1+12
Vietnamese
110.40.130.10.1+8
Welsh
110.40.7100.40.7+1
American
110.40.300.00.2+11
South African
100.40.2130.50.2-3
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
North Wonthaggi - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Bass Coast Shire %Number%Bass Coast Shire %2011 to 2016
Not stated2047.37.41837.16.8+21

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 Australian, Bass Coast Shire: 39.9% English, Bass Coast Shire: 42.5% 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% Indian, Bass Coast Shire: 0.5% Chinese, Bass Coast Shire: 0.8% New Zealander, Bass Coast Shire: 0.7% Australian, North Wonthaggi: 43.8% English, North Wonthaggi: 40.8% Scottish, North Wonthaggi: 10.6% Irish, North Wonthaggi: 9.7% Italian, North Wonthaggi: 5.5% German, North Wonthaggi: 2.8% Dutch, North Wonthaggi: 2.6% Indian, North Wonthaggi: 0.8% Chinese, North Wonthaggi: 0.8% New Zealander, North Wonthaggi: 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 Australian, North Wonthaggi: +209 English, North Wonthaggi: +67 Scottish, North Wonthaggi: +25 Irish, North Wonthaggi: -1 Italian, North Wonthaggi: -39 German, North Wonthaggi: -7 Dutch, North Wonthaggi: -14 Indian, North Wonthaggi: -2 Chinese, North Wonthaggi: +16 New Zealander, North Wonthaggi: 0
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 North Wonthaggi in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (1,237 people or 43.8%)
  • English (1,151 people or 40.8%)
  • Scottish (297 people or 10.6%)
  • Irish (275 people or 9.7%)
  • Italian (153 people or 5.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 3,113 responses in total, or 110.40% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in North Wonthaggi and Bass Coast Shire were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (43.8% compared to 39.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (9.7% compared to 12.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (40.8% compared to 42.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (10.6% compared to 12.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Australian (+209 persons)
  • English (+67 persons)

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