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The three largest ancestries in Brighton in 2006 were Australian, English and Irish.

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 Brighton 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 Brighton'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?'


Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Brighton - Total persons (Usual residence)20062001Change
AncestryNumber%Brisbane LGA %Number%Brisbane LGA %2001 to 2006
New Zealander1231.41.31071.21.0+16
Australian Aboriginal210.
Inadequately Described200.20.3200.20.40
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Brighton - Total persons (Usual residence)20062001Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Brisbane LGA %Number%Brisbane LGA %2001 to 2006
Not stated5576.57.86938.15.8-136

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2006
Ancestry, 2006 Australian, Brisbane LGA: 36.2% English, Brisbane LGA: 32.5% Irish, Brisbane LGA: 12.3% Scottish, Brisbane LGA: 9.3% German, Brisbane LGA: 5.3% Italian, Brisbane LGA: 3.1% New Zealander, Brisbane LGA: 1.3% Dutch, Brisbane LGA: 1.5% Welsh, Brisbane LGA: 0.7% Chinese, Brisbane LGA: 4.4% Australian, Brighton: 44.2% English, Brighton: 38.7% Irish, Brighton: 12.7% Scottish, Brighton: 10.4% German, Brighton: 5.9% Italian, Brighton: 1.9% New Zealander, Brighton: 1.4% Dutch, Brighton: 1.4% Welsh, Brighton: 0.9% Chinese, Brighton: 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2001 to 2006
Change in ancestry, 2001 to 2006 Australian, Brighton: +373 English, Brighton: -168 Irish, Brighton: -148 Scottish, Brighton: +638 German, Brighton: -62 Italian, Brighton: +17 New Zealander, Brighton: +16 Dutch, Brighton: +13 Welsh, Brighton: +36 Chinese, Brighton: +22
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the ancestry responses of the population in Brighton in 2006 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (3,803 people or 44.2%)
  • English (3,329 people or 38.7%)
  • Irish (1,091 people or 12.7%)
  • Scottish (899 people or 10.4%)
  • German (508 people or 5.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 9,630 responses in total, or 111.83% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Brighton and Brisbane LGA were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (44.2% compared to 36.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (38.7% compared to 32.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (10.4% compared to 9.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (0.8% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2001 and 2006 were:

  • Scottish (+638 persons)
  • Australian (+373 persons)
  • English (-168 persons)
  • Irish (-148 persons)

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