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The three largest ancestries in Cheltenham 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 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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Cheltenham - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2006 to 2011
English
1,32039.236.51,21738.834.4+103
Australian
1,16434.632.31,18537.836.4-21
map this data in atlas.idIrish41712.412.535811.411.7+59
map this data in atlas.idScottish35210.510.632710.49.4+25
German
1514.54.11063.43.9+45
Italian
1394.14.71264.04.5+13
Greek
962.93.5842.73.5+12
Chinese
692.12.5311.01.9+38
Dutch
511.51.5531.71.4-2
New Zealander
381.21.0210.71.0+17
Polish
361.11.8421.41.9-6
Indian
361.10.9351.10.8+1
Hungarian
280.80.6250.80.6+2
American
250.80.6190.60.6+6
Sinhalese
230.70.5180.60.4+5
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Bayside %Number%City of Bayside %2006 to 2011
Not stated2276.75.52126.86.6+14

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% German, City of Bayside: 4.1% Italian, City of Bayside: 4.7% Greek, City of Bayside: 3.5% Chinese, City of Bayside: 2.5% Dutch, City of Bayside: 1.5% New Zealander, City of Bayside: 1.0% English, Cheltenham: 39.2% Australian, Cheltenham: 34.6% Irish, Cheltenham: 12.4% Scottish, Cheltenham: 10.5% German, Cheltenham: 4.5% Italian, Cheltenham: 4.1% Greek, Cheltenham: 2.9% Chinese, Cheltenham: 2.1% Dutch, Cheltenham: 1.5% New Zealander, Cheltenham: 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, Cheltenham: +103 Australian, Cheltenham: -21 Irish, Cheltenham: +59 Scottish, Cheltenham: +25 German, Cheltenham: +45 Italian, Cheltenham: +13 Greek, Cheltenham: +12 Chinese, Cheltenham: +38 Dutch, Cheltenham: -2 New Zealander, Cheltenham: +17
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 Cheltenham in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (1,320 people or 39.2%)
  • Australian (1,164 people or 34.6%)
  • Irish (417 people or 12.4%)
  • Scottish (352 people or 10.5%)
  • German (151 people or 4.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 3,404 responses in total, or 101.12% 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 English ancestry (39.2% compared to 36.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (34.6% 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 (+103 persons)
  • Irish (+59 persons)

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