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The three largest ancestries in Sunshine North in 2016 were Vietnamese, Chinese 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 North 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 North'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 North - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese4,15535.516.02,95427.812.8+1,201
Chinese
1,25110.76.51,16911.05.9+82
Australian
1,0649.112.41,0209.612.9+44
English
9608.211.79348.811.8+26
Maltese
7736.65.78437.96.7-70
map this data in atlas.idItalian5274.56.55234.97.0+4
Burmese peoples
3753.21.11241.20.3+251
Indian
2522.24.92182.04.3+34
Irish
2522.23.32152.03.1+37
Filipino
2292.03.92352.23.6-6
Scottish
1951.72.52202.12.5-25
Greek
1721.53.61721.63.90
Croatian
1611.42.51681.62.9-7
German
1361.21.71151.11.8+21
Polish
1261.11.41931.81.6-67
Inadequately Described
1161.01.1640.60.5+52
Sudanese
990.80.81021.00.8-3
Pakistani
930.80.9460.40.4+47
Spanish
770.70.9720.70.8+5
Tamil
690.60.3110.10.1+58
Turkish
690.61.3780.71.5-9
Australian Aboriginal
690.60.100.00.1+69
Sinhalese
680.61.0370.30.8+31
Other Southern and East African
600.50.2420.40.3+18
Chilean
560.50.5640.60.5-8
Lebanese
520.41.0410.41.0+11
Serbian
500.41.3440.41.4+6
Ethiopian
490.40.7310.30.4+18
Macedonian
420.42.9510.53.3-9
Central and West African
400.30.3620.60.2-22
Eritrean
390.30.3130.10.2+26
Other Indian subcontinent
360.30.7250.20.3+11
Syrian
350.30.2190.20.2+16
Samoan
340.31.1180.20.6+16
Ukrainian
340.30.4630.60.5-29
Punjabi
310.30.9210.20.3+10
Salvadoran
310.30.2550.50.2-24
Afghan
310.30.2120.10.1+19
Somali
280.20.2140.10.1+14
Fijian
270.20.3330.30.2-6
Iranian
240.20.330.00.1+21
Portuguese
230.20.3170.20.3+6
Cypriot
230.20.6320.30.6-9
Arab not further described
220.20.200.00.2+22
Kurdish
220.20.1170.20.1+5
Thai
210.20.3130.10.2+8
Malay
200.20.1120.10.1+8
Hungarian
200.20.3320.30.3-12
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Sunshine North - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Not stated7936.86.81,13610.79.2-343

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% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Australian, City of Brimbank: 12.4% English, City of Brimbank: 11.7% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 5.7% Italian, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Burmese peoples, City of Brimbank: 1.1% Irish, City of Brimbank: 3.3% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Filipino, City of Brimbank: 3.9% Vietnamese, Sunshine North: 35.5% Chinese, Sunshine North: 10.7% Australian, Sunshine North: 9.1% English, Sunshine North: 8.2% Maltese, Sunshine North: 6.6% Italian, Sunshine North: 4.5% Burmese peoples, Sunshine North: 3.2% Irish, Sunshine North: 2.2% Indian, Sunshine North: 2.2% Filipino, Sunshine North: 2.0%
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 North: +1,201 Chinese, Sunshine North: +82 Australian, Sunshine North: +44 English, Sunshine North: +26 Maltese, Sunshine North: -70 Italian, Sunshine North: +4 Burmese peoples, Sunshine North: +251 Irish, Sunshine North: +37 Indian, Sunshine North: +34 Filipino, Sunshine North: -6
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 North in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Vietnamese (4,155 people or 35.5%)
  • Chinese (1,251 people or 10.7%)
  • Australian (1,064 people or 9.1%)
  • English (960 people or 8.2%)
  • Maltese (773 people or 6.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 8,203 responses in total, or 70.14% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (35.5% compared to 16.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (10.7% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (8.2% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (9.1% compared to 12.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vietnamese (+1,201 persons)
  • Burmese peoples (+251 persons)
  • Chinese (+82 persons)
  • Maltese (-70 persons)

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