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The three largest ancestries in Sunshine in 2011 were Australian, English and Vietnamese.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Sunshine - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Australian
1,48416.812.91,75021.715.1-266
English
1,35715.411.81,43917.811.8-82
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese1,10912.512.882110.210.7+288
Chinese
5986.85.94425.55.1+156
Irish
5596.33.15616.93.2-2
Indian
4615.24.33043.82.2+157
map this data in atlas.idItalian3564.07.04255.37.8-69
Scottish
3293.72.53694.62.5-40
Greek
2643.03.92933.64.6-29
Burmese peoples
2472.80.330.00.0+244
Maltese
1802.06.72403.08.1-60
German
1732.01.82092.62.0-36
Filipino
1691.93.61672.13.1+2
Croatian
1351.52.91551.93.5-20
Polish
1351.51.61371.72.0-2
Macedonian
1001.13.3811.03.7+19
Nepalese
951.10.240.00.0+91
Bengali
911.00.2450.60.1+46
Inadequately Described
820.90.5320.40.4+50
Sinhalese
800.90.8260.30.6+54
Turkish
770.91.5801.01.8-3
Spanish
700.80.8670.80.9+3
Punjabi
640.70.3160.20.1+48
Sudanese
560.60.81481.80.8-92
Serbian
520.61.4550.71.6-3
Lebanese
520.61.0560.71.1-4
Dutch
510.60.5700.90.6-19
Ethiopian
480.50.4570.70.3-9
Other Indian subcontinent
470.50.3160.20.1+31
Maori
430.50.5841.00.4-41
Cypriot
420.50.6330.40.3+9
Eritrean
370.40.2180.20.1+19
Ukrainian
340.40.5500.60.6-16
New Zealander
330.40.3460.60.2-13
Romanian
270.30.2270.30.30
Russian
270.30.2170.20.3+10
Thai
260.30.2200.20.1+6
Pakistani
250.30.4130.20.2+12
Korean
250.30.1150.20.1+10
Central and West African
240.30.2130.20.1+11
Other Southern and East African
240.30.330.00.1+21
Tongan
200.20.2250.30.2-5
Australian Aboriginal
200.20.160.10.1+14
Colombian
200.20.100.00.0+20
Kurdish
200.20.100.00.0+20
Mauritian
200.20.160.10.1+14
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Not stated95210.89.27269.010.0+226

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 Australian, City of Brimbank: 12.9% English, City of Brimbank: 11.8% Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 12.8% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 5.9% Irish, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Italian, City of Brimbank: 7.0% Scottish, City of Brimbank: 2.5% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.9% Burmese peoples, City of Brimbank: 0.3% Australian, Sunshine: 16.8% English, Sunshine: 15.4% Vietnamese, Sunshine: 12.5% Chinese, Sunshine: 6.8% Irish, Sunshine: 6.3% Indian, Sunshine: 5.2% Italian, Sunshine: 4.0% Scottish, Sunshine: 3.7% Greek, Sunshine: 3.0% Burmese peoples, Sunshine: 2.8%
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 Australian, Sunshine: -266 English, Sunshine: -82 Vietnamese, Sunshine: +288 Chinese, Sunshine: +156 Irish, Sunshine: -2 Indian, Sunshine: +157 Italian, Sunshine: -69 Scottish, Sunshine: -40 Greek, Sunshine: -29 Burmese peoples, Sunshine: +244
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 Sunshine in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (1,484 people or 16.8%)
  • English (1,357 people or 15.4%)
  • Vietnamese (1,109 people or 12.5%)
  • Chinese (598 people or 6.8%)
  • Irish (559 people or 6.3%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 5,107 responses in total, or 57.78% 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 Australian ancestry (16.8% compared to 12.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (15.4% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (6.3% compared to 3.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (2.0% compared to 6.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vietnamese (+288 persons)
  • Australian (-266 persons)
  • Burmese peoples (+244 persons)
  • Indian (+157 persons)

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