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Benalla Rural City

Ancestry

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

The three largest ancestries in Benalla Rural City in 2016 were Australian, English 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 Benalla Rural City 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 Benalla Rural City'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
Benalla Rural City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Australian
5,83942.140.05,75942.240.9+80
English
5,70641.240.15,76642.339.9-60
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,90113.713.01,95714.312.6-56
map this data in atlas.idScottish1,76212.711.31,65012.110.9+112
German
6794.94.67085.24.6-29
Italian
3202.33.73012.23.6+19
Dutch
2381.72.22331.72.3+5
Chinese
1050.81.0760.60.7+29
Polish
980.70.6980.70.60
Welsh
850.60.5770.60.5+8
Inadequately Described
790.60.4460.30.3+33
Indian
690.50.7770.60.5-8
Maltese
630.50.6320.20.5+31
French
500.40.4510.40.4-1
Greek
470.30.6290.20.5+18
New Zealander
430.30.5510.40.5-8
Filipino
410.30.5350.30.4+6
Austrian
370.30.2420.30.2-5
Ukrainian
340.20.2400.30.2-6
Serbian
290.20.3300.20.3-1
Hungarian
280.20.2220.20.2+6
American
260.20.2160.10.2+10
Danish
210.20.2230.20.2-2
Swedish
210.20.1130.10.1+8
Russian
210.20.2140.10.2+7
Sinhalese
200.10.2120.10.1+8
Canadian
200.10.1170.10.1+3
Maori
200.10.2140.10.2+6
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Benalla Rural City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,1448.37.97095.26.6+435

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, Regional VIC: 40.0% English, Regional VIC: 40.1% Irish, Regional VIC: 13.0% Scottish, Regional VIC: 11.3% German, Regional VIC: 4.6% Italian, Regional VIC: 3.7% Dutch, Regional VIC: 2.2% Chinese, Regional VIC: 1.0% Polish, Regional VIC: 0.6% Welsh, Regional VIC: 0.5% Australian, Benalla Rural City: 42.1% English, Benalla Rural City: 41.2% Irish, Benalla Rural City: 13.7% Scottish, Benalla Rural City: 12.7% German, Benalla Rural City: 4.9% Italian, Benalla Rural City: 2.3% Dutch, Benalla Rural City: 1.7% Chinese, Benalla Rural City: 0.8% Polish, Benalla Rural City: 0.7% Welsh, Benalla Rural City: 0.6%
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, Benalla Rural City: +80 English, Benalla Rural City: -60 Irish, Benalla Rural City: -56 Scottish, Benalla Rural City: +112 German, Benalla Rural City: -29 Italian, Benalla Rural City: +19 Dutch, Benalla Rural City: +5 Chinese, Benalla Rural City: +29 Polish, Benalla Rural City: 0 Welsh, Benalla Rural City: +8
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 Benalla Rural City in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (5,839 people or 42.1%)
  • English (5,706 people or 41.2%)
  • Irish (1,901 people or 13.7%)
  • Scottish (1,762 people or 12.7%)
  • German (679 people or 4.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 15,887 responses in total, or 114.58% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Benalla Rural City and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (42.1% compared to 40.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (12.7% compared to 11.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (41.2% compared to 40.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (2.3% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Scottish (+112 persons)
  • Australian (+80 persons)
  • English (-60 persons)
  • Irish (-56 persons)

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