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The three largest ancestries in Sunshine in 2016 were Vietnamese, English and Australian.

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 Sunshine 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 Sunshine'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
Sunshine - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese1,53815.816.01,10912.512.8+429
English
1,47415.111.71,35715.411.8+117
Australian
1,35113.812.41,48416.812.9-133
Chinese
7127.36.55986.85.9+114
Irish
5986.13.35596.33.1+39
Burmese peoples
5695.81.12472.80.3+322
Indian
5145.34.94615.24.3+53
Scottish
3974.12.53293.72.5+68
map this data in atlas.idItalian3733.86.53564.07.0+17
Greek
2642.73.62643.03.90
Filipino
2302.43.91691.93.6+61
Nepalese
1891.90.3951.10.2+94
Maltese
1731.85.71802.06.7-7
German
1611.61.71732.01.8-12
Polish
1311.31.41351.51.6-4
Croatian
1291.32.51351.52.9-6
Inadequately Described
1181.21.1820.90.5+36
Pakistani
1031.10.9250.30.4+78
Bengali
910.90.3911.00.20
Macedonian
900.92.91001.13.3-10
Punjabi
790.80.9640.70.3+15
Other Indian subcontinent
680.70.7470.50.3+21
Sinhalese
640.71.0800.90.8-16
Tamil
620.60.3150.20.1+47
Turkish
580.61.3770.91.5-19
Spanish
570.60.9700.80.8-13
Ethiopian
520.50.7480.50.4+4
Dutch
510.50.4510.60.50
New Zealander
510.50.4330.40.3+18
Iranian
490.50.3160.20.1+33
Afghan
480.50.2100.10.1+38
Cypriot
480.50.6420.50.6+6
Serbian
430.41.3520.61.4-9
Thai
400.40.3260.30.2+14
Lebanese
400.41.0520.61.0-12
Maori
380.40.5430.50.5-5
Sudanese
360.40.8560.60.8-20
Eritrean
350.40.3370.40.2-2
Ukrainian
330.30.4340.40.5-1
Somali
320.30.280.10.1+24
Kurdish
320.30.1200.20.1+12
Tongan
310.30.4200.20.2+11
Central and West African
300.30.3240.30.2+6
Fijian
280.30.3170.20.2+11
Chilean
270.30.5150.20.5+12
Romanian
250.30.2270.30.2-2
Samoan
240.21.1180.20.6+6
Timorese
230.20.4130.10.4+10
Korean
230.20.1250.30.1-2
Salvadoran
220.20.2100.10.2+12
Portuguese
210.20.3100.10.3+11
Japanese
200.20.190.10.1+11
Welsh
200.20.1100.10.1+10
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Sunshine - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Not stated7838.06.895210.89.2-169

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 Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 16.0% English, City of Brimbank: 11.7% Australian, City of Brimbank: 12.4% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Irish, City of Brimbank: 3.3% Burmese peoples, City of Brimbank: 1.1% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Scottish, City of Brimbank: 2.5% Italian, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.6% Vietnamese, Sunshine: 15.8% English, Sunshine: 15.1% Australian, Sunshine: 13.8% Chinese, Sunshine: 7.3% Irish, Sunshine: 6.1% Burmese peoples, Sunshine: 5.8% Indian, Sunshine: 5.3% Scottish, Sunshine: 4.1% Italian, Sunshine: 3.8% Greek, Sunshine: 2.7%
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 Vietnamese, Sunshine: +429 English, Sunshine: +117 Australian, Sunshine: -133 Chinese, Sunshine: +114 Irish, Sunshine: +39 Burmese peoples, Sunshine: +322 Indian, Sunshine: +53 Scottish, Sunshine: +68 Italian, Sunshine: +17 Greek, Sunshine: 0
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 Sunshine in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Vietnamese (1,538 people or 15.8%)
  • English (1,474 people or 15.1%)
  • Australian (1,351 people or 13.8%)
  • Chinese (712 people or 7.3%)
  • Irish (598 people or 6.1%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 5,673 responses in total, or 58.14% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Sunshine and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Burmese peoples ancestry (5.8% compared to 1.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (15.1% compared to 11.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (6.1% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (1.8% compared to 5.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vietnamese (+429 persons)
  • Burmese peoples (+322 persons)
  • Australian (-133 persons)
  • English (+117 persons)

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