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The three largest ancestries in Canterbury 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 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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
English2,78635.929.92,65633.728.2+130
Australian2,50932.328.22,94937.433.6-440
Irish1,00913.012.51,01312.911.8-4
Scottish92411.99.886110.98.8+62
Chinese7309.411.24856.29.1+246
Italian3995.16.13714.75.8+29
German2653.43.32553.23.3+9
Greek2122.74.61902.44.6+22
Indian1712.22.9851.12.3+86
Dutch1011.31.31171.51.2-16
Polish911.21.1981.21.2-6
French680.90.7440.60.7+24
American610.80.5580.70.5+3
Sinhalese600.80.9660.80.7-5
South African470.60.5360.50.4+12
Macedonian460.60.4180.20.3+28
New Zealander380.50.8550.70.8-17
Korean350.40.5210.30.3+13
Hungarian350.50.5320.40.5+3
Welsh340.40.5340.40.50
Lebanese330.40.3230.30.3+9
Vietnamese320.41.0330.40.8-2
Malay310.40.3150.20.3+16
Croatian290.40.5330.40.5-3
Spanish280.40.3160.20.3+12
Russian260.30.5430.50.4-17
Latvian260.30.2220.30.2+4
Maltese240.30.4130.20.4+11
Egyptian210.30.240.10.1+17
Iranian200.30.350.10.2+15
Swiss200.30.2270.30.2-6
Ukrainian200.30.2200.30.2-1
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Not stated2903.74.64746.06.0-184

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 Boroondara: 29.9% Australian, City of Boroondara: 28.2% Irish, City of Boroondara: 12.5% Scottish, City of Boroondara: 9.8% Chinese, City of Boroondara: 11.2% Italian, City of Boroondara: 6.1% German, City of Boroondara: 3.3% Greek, City of Boroondara: 4.6% Indian, City of Boroondara: 2.9% Dutch, City of Boroondara: 1.3% English, Canterbury: 35.9% Australian, Canterbury: 32.3% Irish, Canterbury: 13.0% Scottish, Canterbury: 11.9% Chinese, Canterbury: 9.4% Italian, Canterbury: 5.1% German, Canterbury: 3.4% Greek, Canterbury: 2.7% Indian, Canterbury: 2.2% Dutch, Canterbury: 1.3%
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, Canterbury: +130 Australian, Canterbury: -440 Irish, Canterbury: -4 Scottish, Canterbury: +62 Chinese, Canterbury: +246 Italian, Canterbury: +29 German, Canterbury: +9 Greek, Canterbury: +22 Indian, Canterbury: +86 Dutch, Canterbury: -16
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 Canterbury in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (2,786 people or 35.9%)
  • Australian (2,509 people or 32.3%)
  • Irish (1,009 people or 13.0%)
  • Scottish (924 people or 11.9%)
  • Chinese (730 people or 9.4%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 7,958 responses in total, or 102.47% 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 English ancestry (35.9% compared to 29.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (32.3% compared to 28.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (11.9% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Greek ancestry (2.7% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Australian (-440 persons)
  • Chinese (+246 persons)
  • English (+130 persons)
  • Indian (+86 persons)

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