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The three largest ancestries in Canterbury in 2016 were English, Australian and Chinese.

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 Canterbury 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 Canterbury'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
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
English2,59732.629.62,78435.929.9-187
Australian2,21127.824.62,50732.328.2-296
Chinese1,20615.215.07299.411.2+477
Irish1,06213.312.61,00813.012.5+55
Scottish87311.09.992211.99.8-50
Italian4055.16.13995.16.1+6
German2523.23.32643.43.3-12
Indian1992.53.51702.22.9+29
Greek1972.54.62112.74.6-15
Sinhalese871.11.1600.80.9+28
Dutch781.01.21001.31.3-23
Welsh550.70.6330.40.5+21
Polish540.71.0911.21.1-37
Russian540.70.4260.30.5+28
French510.60.8670.90.7-17
Vietnamese470.61.5310.41.0+16
New Zealander430.50.8380.50.8+5
Maltese330.40.4230.30.4+10
South African330.40.5470.60.5-14
Korean270.30.5340.40.5-7
Malay240.30.4300.40.3-6
Croatian240.30.5290.40.5-5
Macedonian230.30.3450.60.4-22
American220.30.4610.80.5-38
Hungarian200.30.4340.50.5-14
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Not stated3454.34.92893.74.6+56

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 Boroondara: 29.6% Australian, City of Boroondara: 24.6% Chinese, City of Boroondara: 15.0% Irish, City of Boroondara: 12.6% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.9% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Indian, City of Boroondara: 3.5% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% Sinhalese, City of Boroondara: 1.1% English, Canterbury: 32.6% Australian, Canterbury: 27.8% Chinese, Canterbury: 15.2% Irish, Canterbury: 13.3% Scottish, Canterbury: 11.0% Italian, Canterbury: 5.1% German, Canterbury: 3.2% Indian, Canterbury: 2.5% Greek, Canterbury: 2.5% Sinhalese, Canterbury: 1.1%
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, Canterbury: -187 Australian, Canterbury: -296 Chinese, Canterbury: +477 Irish, Canterbury: +55 Scottish, Canterbury: -50 Italian, Canterbury: +6 German, Canterbury: -12 Indian, Canterbury: +29 Greek, Canterbury: -15 Sinhalese, Canterbury: +28
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 Canterbury in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (2,597 people or 32.6%)
  • Australian (2,211 people or 27.8%)
  • Chinese (1,206 people or 15.2%)
  • Irish (1,062 people or 13.3%)
  • Scottish (873 people or 11.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 7,949 responses in total, or 99.86% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Canterbury and the City of Boroondara were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (27.8% compared to 24.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (32.6% compared to 29.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (11.0% compared to 9.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Greek ancestry (2.5% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+477 persons)
  • Australian (-296 persons)
  • English (-187 persons)
  • Irish (+55 persons)

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