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The three largest ancestries in Sydenham District in 2016 were Australian, English and Italian.

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 Sydenham 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 Sydenham 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.

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
Sydenham District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Australian
7,09015.512.47,16415.412.9-74
English
6,37713.911.75,95512.811.8+422
map this data in atlas.idItalian5,30711.66.55,52511.97.0-218
Maltese
3,3257.35.73,7878.26.7-462
Indian
2,6385.84.92,3375.04.3+301
Greek
2,5075.53.62,4855.43.9+22
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese2,2975.016.01,9564.212.8+341
Macedonian
2,2604.92.92,2924.93.3-32
Chinese
1,9484.36.51,8143.95.9+134
Croatian
1,8724.12.51,9604.22.9-88
Irish
1,7183.83.31,5473.33.1+171
Filipino
1,6033.53.91,4603.13.6+143
Scottish
1,3833.02.51,3272.92.5+56
German
8831.91.77681.71.8+115
Lebanese
8131.81.07951.71.0+18
Turkish
7631.71.39021.91.5-139
Serbian
7051.51.36601.41.4+45
Sinhalese
6791.51.06031.30.8+76
Polish
6461.41.47481.61.6-102
Egyptian
5611.20.65501.20.6+11
Cypriot
4961.10.63680.80.6+128
Spanish
4180.90.93690.80.8+49
Albanian
3860.80.63570.80.6+29
Punjabi
3550.80.91370.30.3+218
Timorese
3340.70.42530.50.4+81
Other Indian subcontinent
3060.70.71120.20.3+194
Inadequately Described
2800.61.12020.40.5+78
Samoan
2540.61.11790.40.6+75
Dutch
2300.50.42960.60.5-66
Chilean
2070.50.52150.50.5-8
Ukrainian
2040.40.42380.50.5-34
Syrian
2030.40.21810.40.2+22
Portuguese
1840.40.31680.40.3+16
Bosnian
1760.40.71690.40.7+7
Pakistani
1730.40.91220.30.4+51
Sudanese
1710.40.8860.20.8+85
Anglo-Indian
1500.30.11690.40.2-19
Assyrian/Chaldean
1380.30.2910.20.1+47
Maori
1380.30.51240.30.5+14
Lao
1290.30.31210.30.2+8
French
1240.30.21270.30.2-3
New Zealander
1240.30.41690.40.3-45
Hungarian
1220.30.31680.40.3-46
Slovene
1210.30.21470.30.3-26
Arab not further described
980.20.21200.30.2-22
Tamil
930.20.3930.20.10
Fijian
920.20.3760.20.2+16
Argentinian
890.20.1850.20.2+4
Ethiopian
820.20.7430.10.4+39
Romanian
810.20.2920.20.2-11
Mauritian
770.20.1690.10.1+8
Salvadoran
700.20.2730.20.2-3
Indonesian
670.10.2540.10.1+13
Central and West African
630.10.3370.10.2+26
Thai
620.10.3470.10.2+15
American
590.10.1560.10.1+3
Russian
580.10.2920.20.2-34
Iranian
550.10.3270.10.1+28
South African
540.10.1640.10.1-10
Slovak
520.10.1660.10.1-14
Eritrean
500.10.3410.10.2+9
Tongan
490.10.4250.10.2+24
Bengali
470.10.3450.10.2+2
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Sydenham District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Not stated2,4705.46.83,1206.79.2-650

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 Australian, City of Brimbank: 12.4% English, City of Brimbank: 11.7% Italian, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 5.7% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.6% Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 16.0% Macedonian, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Croatian, City of Brimbank: 2.5% Australian, Sydenham District: 15.5% English, Sydenham District: 13.9% Italian, Sydenham District: 11.6% Maltese, Sydenham District: 7.3% Indian, Sydenham District: 5.8% Greek, Sydenham District: 5.5% Vietnamese, Sydenham District: 5.0% Macedonian, Sydenham District: 4.9% Chinese, Sydenham District: 4.3% Croatian, Sydenham District: 4.1%
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 Australian, Sydenham District: -74 English, Sydenham District: +422 Italian, Sydenham District: -218 Maltese, Sydenham District: -462 Indian, Sydenham District: +301 Greek, Sydenham District: +22 Vietnamese, Sydenham District: +341 Macedonian, Sydenham District: -32 Chinese, Sydenham District: +134 Croatian, Sydenham District: -88
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 Sydenham District in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (7,090 people or 15.5%)
  • English (6,377 people or 13.9%)
  • Italian (5,307 people or 11.6%)
  • Maltese (3,325 people or 7.3%)
  • Indian (2,638 people or 5.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 24,737 responses in total, or 54.01% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (11.6% compared to 6.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (15.5% compared to 12.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (5.0% compared to 16.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (4.3% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Maltese (-462 persons)
  • English (+422 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+341 persons)
  • Indian (+301 persons)

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