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The three largest ancestries in Broken Hill City in 2016 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 Broken Hill City 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 Broken Hill City'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
Broken Hill City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Australian8,42447.642.58,61746.543.1-193
English6,78238.340.87,18138.840.4-399
Irish1,6679.412.31,6368.811.7+31
Scottish1,4768.310.51,4397.810.0+37
German8494.84.38584.64.2-9
Italian5573.12.64802.62.5+77
Maltese2361.30.52711.50.4-35
Australian Aboriginal1680.90.81060.60.6+62
Filipino1490.80.6750.40.4+74
Dutch810.51.3840.51.3-3
Indian770.40.7710.40.4+6
Greek740.40.61050.60.6-31
Welsh670.40.7750.40.7-8
Croatian650.40.3500.30.3+15
Inadequately Described610.30.3390.20.2+22
French580.30.5450.20.4+13
Serbian510.30.3650.40.3-14
Polish490.30.6570.30.5-8
Chinese470.31.0570.30.8-10
New Zealander400.20.6450.20.6-5
Norwegian380.20.1330.20.1+5
Lebanese290.20.2330.20.2-4
Spanish270.20.3210.10.3+6
Maori270.20.3290.20.3-2
American210.10.2220.10.3-1
Swedish200.10.2140.10.2+6
Sinhalese170.10.1170.10.10
South African170.10.2140.10.2+3
Thai160.10.2200.10.1-4
Danish160.10.2130.10.2+3
Afghan150.10.0290.20.0-14
Swiss140.10.180.00.1+6
Russian140.10.2150.10.2-1
Other Southern and East African120.10.0100.10.0+2
Other British110.10.040.00.0+7
Japanese100.10.130.00.1+7
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Broken Hill City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,6389.37.61,6899.16.7-51

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, Regional NSW: 42.5% English, Regional NSW: 40.8% Irish, Regional NSW: 12.3% Scottish, Regional NSW: 10.5% German, Regional NSW: 4.3% Italian, Regional NSW: 2.6% Maltese, Regional NSW: 0.5% Australian Aboriginal, Regional NSW: 0.8% Filipino, Regional NSW: 0.6% Dutch, Regional NSW: 1.3% Australian, Broken Hill City: 47.6% English, Broken Hill City: 38.3% Irish, Broken Hill City: 9.4% Scottish, Broken Hill City: 8.3% German, Broken Hill City: 4.8% Italian, Broken Hill City: 3.1% Maltese, Broken Hill City: 1.3% Australian Aboriginal, Broken Hill City: 0.9% Filipino, Broken Hill City: 0.8% Dutch, Broken Hill City: 0.5%
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, Broken Hill City: -193 English, Broken Hill City: -399 Irish, Broken Hill City: +31 Scottish, Broken Hill City: +37 German, Broken Hill City: -9 Italian, Broken Hill City: +77 Maltese, Broken Hill City: -35 Australian Aboriginal, Broken Hill City: +62 Filipino, Broken Hill City: +74 Dutch, Broken Hill City: -3
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 Broken Hill City in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (8,424 people or 47.6%)
  • English (6,782 people or 38.3%)
  • Irish (1,667 people or 9.4%)
  • Scottish (1,476 people or 8.3%)
  • German (849 people or 4.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 19,198 responses in total, or 108.46% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Broken Hill City and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (47.6% compared to 42.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (9.4% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (38.3% compared to 40.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (8.3% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (-399 persons)
  • Australian (-193 persons)
  • Italian (+77 persons)
  • Filipino (+74 persons)

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