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The three largest ancestries in Cheltenham 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 Cheltenham 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 Cheltenham'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?'


Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Cheltenham - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idScottish48813.611.435110.510.6+138
map this data in atlas.idIrish47713.313.641512.412.5+62
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Cheltenham - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2011 to 2016
Not stated1343.75.52246.75.5-91

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% Scottish, City of Bayside: 11.4% Irish, City of Bayside: 13.6% German, City of Bayside: 4.2% Italian, City of Bayside: 5.2% Greek, City of Bayside: 3.8% Chinese, City of Bayside: 3.7% Indian, City of Bayside: 1.3% Dutch, City of Bayside: 1.6% English, Cheltenham: 40.5% Australian, Cheltenham: 35.3% Scottish, Cheltenham: 13.6% Irish, Cheltenham: 13.3% German, Cheltenham: 4.6% Italian, Cheltenham: 3.8% Greek, Cheltenham: 2.9% Chinese, Cheltenham: 2.5% Indian, Cheltenham: 1.6% Dutch, Cheltenham: 1.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 English, Cheltenham: +145 Australian, Cheltenham: +113 Scottish, Cheltenham: +138 Irish, Cheltenham: +62 German, Cheltenham: +16 Italian, Cheltenham: -1 Greek, Cheltenham: +10 Chinese, Cheltenham: +22 Indian, Cheltenham: +22 Dutch, Cheltenham: +7
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the ancestry responses of the population in Cheltenham in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (1,461 people or 40.5%)
  • Australian (1,272 people or 35.3%)
  • Scottish (488 people or 13.6%)
  • Irish (477 people or 13.3%)
  • German (166 people or 4.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 3,864 responses in total, or 107.25% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (35.3% compared to 29.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (40.5% compared to 38.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (13.6% compared to 11.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (3.8% compared to 5.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+145 persons)
  • Scottish (+138 persons)
  • Australian (+113 persons)
  • Irish (+62 persons)

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