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The three largest ancestries in Sunshine District 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 District 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 District'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 District - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese7,56717.512.86,27215.510.7+1,295
Australian
5,42412.512.95,92114.615.1-497
English
5,17711.911.84,97712.311.8+200
Chinese
3,0597.15.92,4696.15.1+590
Maltese
2,6366.16.73,1167.78.1-480
map this data in atlas.idItalian1,9464.57.02,1895.47.8-243
Indian
1,7604.14.39502.32.2+810
Greek
1,7304.03.92,0615.14.6-331
Irish
1,5633.63.11,5313.83.2+32
Scottish
1,1862.72.51,1542.92.5+32
Filipino
1,0052.33.69742.43.1+31
Polish
8612.01.69692.42.0-108
Macedonian
7931.83.38882.23.7-95
German
7071.61.87561.92.0-49
Croatian
6451.52.97251.83.5-80
Turkish
5951.41.56001.51.8-5
Burmese peoples
4861.10.3100.00.0+476
Sudanese
4401.00.85721.40.8-132
Serbian
3120.71.43750.91.6-63
Ukrainian
3000.70.53460.90.6-46
Spanish
2930.70.83370.80.9-44
Cypriot
2790.60.61650.40.3+114
Inadequately Described
2690.60.51940.50.4+75
Lebanese
2540.61.02390.61.1+15
Bengali
2320.50.21010.20.1+131
Sinhalese
2200.50.81370.30.6+83
Albanian
2140.50.62170.50.6-3
Ethiopian
2130.50.41940.50.3+19
Samoan
2050.50.61910.50.4+14
Central and West African
1980.50.2650.20.1+133
Chilean
1920.40.52280.60.5-36
Nepalese
1890.40.2180.00.0+171
Punjabi
1830.40.3540.10.1+129
Maori
1660.40.52320.60.4-66
Other Southern and East African
1630.40.3290.10.1+134
Pakistani
1620.40.4370.10.2+125
Dutch
1550.40.52270.60.6-72
Tongan
1470.30.21460.40.2+1
Other Indian subcontinent
1430.30.3520.10.1+91
Hungarian
1290.30.31220.30.4+7
New Zealander
1260.30.31350.30.2-9
Salvadoran
1200.30.21030.30.2+17
Eritrean
1160.30.2490.10.1+67
Portuguese
1100.30.31080.30.4+2
Fijian
1070.20.2550.10.1+52
Russian
1010.20.21040.30.3-3
Romanian
980.20.21190.30.3-21
Egyptian
980.20.6770.20.6+21
Thai
970.20.2690.20.1+28
French
860.20.2770.20.2+9
Arab not further described
790.20.2360.10.2+43
Somali
780.20.1660.20.1+12
Mauritian
740.20.1520.10.1+22
Slovene
680.20.3850.20.3-17
Timorese
680.20.4430.10.3+25
Papua New Guinean
620.10.0120.00.0+50
Kurdish
570.10.100.00.0+57
Malay
560.10.1190.00.1+37
Austrian
560.10.2630.20.2-7
Anglo-Indian
550.10.2860.20.2-31
Bosnian
550.10.71020.30.8-47
Colombian
500.10.1170.00.0+33
Tamil
450.10.140.00.1+41
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Sunshine District - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Not stated4,43110.29.24,18310.310.0+248

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% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 5.9% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 6.7% Italian, City of Brimbank: 7.0% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.9% Irish, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Scottish, City of Brimbank: 2.5% Vietnamese, Sunshine District: 17.5% Australian, Sunshine District: 12.5% English, Sunshine District: 11.9% Chinese, Sunshine District: 7.1% Maltese, Sunshine District: 6.1% Italian, Sunshine District: 4.5% Indian, Sunshine District: 4.1% Greek, Sunshine District: 4.0% Irish, Sunshine District: 3.6% Scottish, Sunshine District: 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 District: +1,295 Australian, Sunshine District: -497 English, Sunshine District: +200 Chinese, Sunshine District: +590 Maltese, Sunshine District: -480 Italian, Sunshine District: -243 Indian, Sunshine District: +810 Greek, Sunshine District: -331 Irish, Sunshine District: +32 Scottish, Sunshine District: +32
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 District in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Vietnamese (7,567 people or 17.5%)
  • Australian (5,424 people or 12.5%)
  • English (5,177 people or 11.9%)
  • Chinese (3,059 people or 7.1%)
  • Maltese (2,636 people or 6.1%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 23,863 responses in total, or 55.03% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (17.5% compared to 12.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.5% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Macedonian ancestry (1.8% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Croatian ancestry (1.5% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vietnamese (+1,295 persons)
  • Indian (+810 persons)
  • Chinese (+590 persons)
  • Australian (-497 persons)

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