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The three largest ancestries in Brighton 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 Brighton 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 Brighton'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
Brighton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2006 to 2011
English
7,95136.336.57,23934.234.4+712
Australian
6,70430.632.37,34334.636.4-639
map this data in atlas.idIrish2,85613.012.52,59212.211.7+265
map this data in atlas.idScottish2,29210.510.62,0599.79.4+233
Italian
1,0985.04.79934.74.5+105
German
8894.14.18784.13.9+11
Greek
7163.33.56713.23.5+44
Chinese
6753.12.54862.31.9+189
Polish
4742.21.84822.31.9-8
Russian
2681.21.32011.01.1+67
Dutch
2651.21.52301.11.4+35
New Zealander
2111.01.02201.01.0-10
French
1940.90.91800.90.7+14
Jewish
1920.90.81330.60.6+58
South African
1920.91.01940.90.8-2
American
1660.80.61500.70.6+16
Indian
1520.70.91220.60.8+30
Japanese
1410.60.41450.70.5-4
Hungarian
1250.60.61370.70.6-12
Croatian
1230.60.6900.40.5+34
Welsh
1180.50.61230.60.6-5
Ukrainian
1010.50.3840.40.3+17
Sinhalese
1010.50.5900.40.4+12
Serbian
970.40.4720.30.4+25
Lebanese
970.40.4760.40.4+21
Austrian
940.40.41000.50.4-6
Swedish
890.40.3550.30.3+33
Danish
750.30.3610.30.3+13
Canadian
720.30.3620.30.3+11
Swiss
710.30.2630.30.2+8
Inadequately Described
700.30.3370.20.2+33
Czech
690.30.3580.30.3+11
Maltese
680.30.4610.30.4+7
Spanish
540.20.3670.30.3-13
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
540.20.3580.30.3-4
Lithuanian
480.20.1360.20.1+11
Korean
470.20.1440.20.1+3
Turkish
460.20.3190.10.2+27
Vietnamese
440.20.2140.10.1+30
Maori
410.20.2350.20.2+6
Filipino
390.20.3280.10.2+11
Norwegian
380.20.2360.20.2+2
Romanian
360.20.2500.20.2-14
Belgian
350.20.1170.10.1+19
Egyptian
320.10.2210.10.2+11
Macedonian
320.10.2330.20.1-1
Malay
280.10.1300.10.1-2
Mauritian
280.10.2180.10.1+10
Cypriot
260.10.1120.10.1+14
Latvian
250.10.2320.20.1-7
Other Eastern European
240.10.1190.10.1+5
Portuguese
240.10.2230.10.1+1
Slovene
240.10.1160.10.1+8
Thai
240.10.1220.10.1+2
Colombian
210.10.1180.10.0+4
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Brighton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,4126.45.51,5637.46.6-151

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, City of Bayside: 36.5% Australian, City of Bayside: 32.3% Irish, City of Bayside: 12.5% Scottish, City of Bayside: 10.6% Italian, City of Bayside: 4.7% German, City of Bayside: 4.1% Greek, City of Bayside: 3.5% Chinese, City of Bayside: 2.5% Polish, City of Bayside: 1.8% Russian, City of Bayside: 1.3% English, Brighton: 36.3% Australian, Brighton: 30.6% Irish, Brighton: 13.0% Scottish, Brighton: 10.5% Italian, Brighton: 5.0% German, Brighton: 4.1% Greek, Brighton: 3.3% Chinese, Brighton: 3.1% Polish, Brighton: 2.2% Russian, Brighton: 1.2%
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, Brighton: +712 Australian, Brighton: -639 Irish, Brighton: +265 Scottish, Brighton: +233 Italian, Brighton: +105 German, Brighton: +11 Greek, Brighton: +44 Chinese, Brighton: +189 Polish, Brighton: -8 Russian, Brighton: +67
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 Brighton in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (7,951 people or 36.3%)
  • Australian (6,704 people or 30.6%)
  • Irish (2,856 people or 13.0%)
  • Scottish (2,292 people or 10.5%)
  • Italian (1,098 people or 5.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 20,901 responses in total, or 95.32% of all responses.

The major difference between the ancestries of the population in Brighton and City of Bayside was:

  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (30.6% compared to 32.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+712 persons)
  • Australian (-639 persons)
  • Irish (+265 persons)
  • Scottish (+233 persons)

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