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The three largest ancestries in Brighton in 2016 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.

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
Brighton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2011 to 2016
English
8,72837.338.07,96836.336.5+761
Australian
6,64228.429.96,71730.632.3-75
map this data in atlas.idIrish3,23613.813.62,86313.012.5+373
map this data in atlas.idScottish2,68711.511.42,29810.510.6+389
Italian
1,3055.65.21,0985.04.7+207
Chinese
1,1875.13.76763.12.5+511
German
9324.04.28914.14.1+41
Greek
8733.73.87183.33.5+155
Polish
4702.01.84752.21.8-5
Dutch
3141.31.62661.21.5+48
Russian
2921.21.22691.21.3+23
French
2231.00.91940.90.9+28
Indian
2200.91.31520.70.9+68
New Zealander
1920.81.02111.01.0-19
Jewish
1730.70.71920.90.8-19
South African
1690.70.91930.91.0-24
Welsh
1600.70.81180.50.6+42
American
1430.60.61670.80.6-24
Hungarian
1310.60.61250.60.6+6
Austrian
1290.60.4940.40.4+35
Ukrainian
1290.60.51010.50.3+28
Croatian
1190.50.61230.60.6-4
Serbian
1020.40.5970.40.4+4
Japanese
1000.40.41410.60.4-41
Sinhalese
890.40.51010.50.5-12
Spanish
880.40.4540.20.3+34
Danish
870.40.4750.30.3+12
Inadequately Described
850.40.5700.30.3+14
Maltese
690.30.4680.30.40
Lebanese
670.30.4970.40.4-30
Swedish
670.30.3880.40.3-21
Filipino
670.30.3390.20.3+28
Vietnamese
650.30.3440.20.2+21
Swiss
590.30.3710.30.2-12
Canadian
560.20.3730.30.3-16
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
510.20.2540.20.3-3
Thai
410.20.2240.10.1+16
Egyptian
410.20.3320.10.2+9
Korean
360.20.1470.20.1-11
Cypriot
340.10.2260.10.1+8
Czech
330.10.2690.30.3-36
Portuguese
320.10.2240.10.2+8
Lithuanian
310.10.2470.20.1-16
Turkish
310.10.3460.20.3-15
Other Eastern European
300.10.2240.10.1+7
Iranian
300.10.2200.10.1+10
Latvian
280.10.2250.10.2+3
Maori
280.10.2410.20.2-13
Macedonian
250.10.2320.10.2-7
Malay
250.10.1280.10.1-3
Mauritian
220.10.2280.10.2-6
Norwegian
220.10.2380.20.2-16
Belgian
220.10.1350.20.1-13
Brazilian
200.10.1140.10.1+6
Albanian
200.10.1180.10.1+2
Arab not further described
190.10.030.00.0+17
Chilean
180.10.1100.00.1+7
Taiwanese
170.10.030.00.0+14
Slovak
170.10.190.00.0+8
Romanian
160.10.2360.20.2-20
Khmer (Cambodian)
160.10.130.00.0+13
Estonian
160.10.1190.10.1-3
Anglo-Indian
150.10.170.00.1+8
Burmese peoples
150.10.050.00.1+10
Singaporean
150.10.1180.10.0-3
Armenian
140.10.1160.10.1-2
Colombian
130.10.1220.10.1-9
Syrian
130.10.030.00.0+10
Samoan
100.00.0140.10.0-4
Fijian
100.00.170.00.0+3
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,4216.15.51,4136.45.5+7

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, City of Bayside: 38.0% Australian, City of Bayside: 29.9% Irish, City of Bayside: 13.6% Scottish, City of Bayside: 11.4% Italian, City of Bayside: 5.2% Chinese, City of Bayside: 3.7% German, City of Bayside: 4.2% Greek, City of Bayside: 3.8% Polish, City of Bayside: 1.8% Dutch, City of Bayside: 1.6% English, Brighton: 37.3% Australian, Brighton: 28.4% Irish, Brighton: 13.8% Scottish, Brighton: 11.5% Italian, Brighton: 5.6% Chinese, Brighton: 5.1% German, Brighton: 4.0% Greek, Brighton: 3.7% Polish, Brighton: 2.0% Dutch, Brighton: 1.3%
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, Brighton: +761 Australian, Brighton: -75 Irish, Brighton: +373 Scottish, Brighton: +389 Italian, Brighton: +207 Chinese, Brighton: +511 German, Brighton: +41 Greek, Brighton: +155 Polish, Brighton: -5 Dutch, Brighton: +48
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 Brighton in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (8,728 people or 37.3%)
  • Australian (6,642 people or 28.4%)
  • Irish (3,236 people or 13.8%)
  • Scottish (2,687 people or 11.5%)
  • Italian (1,305 people or 5.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 22,598 responses in total, or 96.62% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Brighton and City of Bayside were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (5.1% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (28.4% compared to 29.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+761 persons)
  • Chinese (+511 persons)
  • Scottish (+389 persons)
  • Irish (+373 persons)

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