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

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 West 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 West'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 West - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese2,97817.812.82,45515.410.7+523
Australian
1,78510.712.91,82511.515.1-40
English
1,70910.211.81,58210.011.8+127
Maltese
1,2177.36.71,4309.08.1-213
Greek
1,1977.23.91,4259.04.6-228
Chinese
9465.75.97054.45.1+241
map this data in atlas.idItalian7804.77.08445.37.8-64
Macedonian
5913.53.36604.23.7-69
Irish
4662.83.14052.53.2+61
Indian
4502.74.32601.62.2+190
Filipino
4422.63.64252.73.1+17
Turkish
4072.41.54112.61.8-4
Scottish
3582.12.53362.12.5+22
Croatian
2671.62.93011.93.5-34
Polish
2651.61.62871.82.0-22
German
2191.31.82201.42.0-1
Sudanese
1971.20.81961.20.8+1
Cypriot
1841.10.61170.70.3+67
Albanian
1681.00.61571.00.6+11
Samoan
1500.90.6710.40.4+79
Serbian
1500.91.41410.91.6+9
Spanish
1230.70.81561.00.9-33
Lebanese
1180.71.0960.61.1+22
Tongan
980.60.2870.50.2+11
Ethiopian
930.60.4770.50.3+16
Chilean
900.50.5920.60.5-2
Ukrainian
870.50.5890.60.6-2
Inadequately Described
860.50.5490.30.4+37
Central and West African
820.50.2260.20.1+56
Sinhalese
770.50.8500.30.6+27
Maori
760.50.5750.50.4+1
Other Southern and East African
750.40.3140.10.1+61
Burmese peoples
650.40.370.00.0+58
Arab not further described
610.40.2140.10.2+47
Dutch
580.30.5760.50.6-18
Eritrean
580.30.2210.10.1+37
Portuguese
580.30.3330.20.4+25
Egyptian
490.30.6500.30.6-1
Bengali
480.30.2130.10.1+35
Hungarian
470.30.3320.20.4+15
Pakistani
460.30.4100.10.2+36
Romanian
420.30.2480.30.3-6
Fijian
420.30.2290.20.1+13
French
400.20.2240.20.2+16
Thai
390.20.2270.20.1+12
Salvadoran
360.20.2300.20.2+6
Anglo-Indian
360.20.2350.20.2+1
Punjabi
350.20.330.00.1+32
Mauritian
340.20.1280.20.1+6
New Zealander
330.20.3350.20.2-2
Somali
330.20.1390.20.1-6
Austrian
310.20.2150.10.2+16
Bosnian
300.20.7340.20.8-4
Nepalese
290.20.200.00.0+29
Russian
270.20.2360.20.3-9
Papua New Guinean
260.20.050.00.0+21
Other Polynesian
240.10.0140.10.0+10
South African
230.10.140.00.1+19
Other Indian subcontinent
220.10.3150.10.1+7
Argentinian
220.10.2210.10.2+1
Cook Islander
220.10.1150.10.1+7
Indonesian
220.10.1130.10.1+9
Colombian
200.10.170.00.0+13
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Sunshine West - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,5279.19.21,74911.010.0-222

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 Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 12.8% Australian, City of Brimbank: 12.9% English, City of Brimbank: 11.8% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 6.7% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.9% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 5.9% Italian, City of Brimbank: 7.0% Macedonian, City of Brimbank: 3.3% Irish, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Vietnamese, Sunshine West: 17.8% Australian, Sunshine West: 10.7% English, Sunshine West: 10.2% Maltese, Sunshine West: 7.3% Greek, Sunshine West: 7.2% Chinese, Sunshine West: 5.7% Italian, Sunshine West: 4.7% Macedonian, Sunshine West: 3.5% Irish, Sunshine West: 2.8% Indian, Sunshine West: 2.7%
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 Vietnamese, Sunshine West: +523 Australian, Sunshine West: -40 English, Sunshine West: +127 Maltese, Sunshine West: -213 Greek, Sunshine West: -228 Chinese, Sunshine West: +241 Italian, Sunshine West: -64 Macedonian, Sunshine West: -69 Irish, Sunshine West: +61 Indian, Sunshine West: +190
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 West in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Vietnamese (2,978 people or 17.8%)
  • Australian (1,785 people or 10.7%)
  • English (1,709 people or 10.2%)
  • Maltese (1,217 people or 7.3%)
  • Greek (1,197 people or 7.2%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 8,886 responses in total, or 53.10% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (17.8% compared to 12.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (7.2% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.7% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (10.7% compared to 12.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vietnamese (+523 persons)
  • Chinese (+241 persons)
  • Greek (-228 persons)
  • Maltese (-213 persons)

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