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The three largest ancestries in Smithfield in 2016 were English, Australian 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 Smithfield 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 Smithfield'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
Smithfield - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Cairns %Number%Cairns %2011 to 2016
English
1,94937.035.11,43138.534.2+519
Australian
1,75333.334.71,20532.536.4+548
map this data in atlas.idIrish61311.611.639610.710.6+217
map this data in atlas.idScottish59111.29.437210.08.7+220
German
2915.55.41764.75.2+116
Italian
2354.54.81463.94.6+89
Chinese
1563.02.1711.91.6+85
Dutch
1442.71.61153.11.7+29
Papua New Guinean
1352.61.6421.11.3+93
Indian
1142.21.1290.80.7+86
Filipino
711.31.6521.41.4+19
Welsh
571.10.7190.50.6+38
French
561.10.7441.20.7+12
New Zealander
561.11.2481.31.3+8
Korean
440.80.700.00.4+44
Greek
430.80.6270.70.6+16
Japanese
410.81.6391.11.5+2
American
320.60.3250.70.4+7
Spanish
280.50.5200.50.4+8
Polish
270.50.6160.40.5+11
Australian Aboriginal
260.51.2190.51.2+7
Croatian
250.50.3160.40.4+9
Danish
210.40.5160.40.4+5
Thai
210.40.4170.50.3+4
Torres Strait Islander
210.41.030.11.0+18
Maori
200.40.7190.50.7+1
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Smithfield - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Cairns %Number%Cairns %2011 to 2016
Not stated3336.39.53559.69.5-22

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 English, Cairns: 35.1% Australian, Cairns: 34.7% Irish, Cairns: 11.6% Scottish, Cairns: 9.4% German, Cairns: 5.4% Italian, Cairns: 4.8% Chinese, Cairns: 2.1% Dutch, Cairns: 1.6% Papua New Guinean, Cairns: 1.6% Indian, Cairns: 1.1% English, Smithfield: 37.0% Australian, Smithfield: 33.3% Irish, Smithfield: 11.6% Scottish, Smithfield: 11.2% German, Smithfield: 5.5% Italian, Smithfield: 4.5% Chinese, Smithfield: 3.0% Dutch, Smithfield: 2.7% Papua New Guinean, Smithfield: 2.6% Indian, Smithfield: 2.2%
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 English, Smithfield: +519 Australian, Smithfield: +548 Irish, Smithfield: +217 Scottish, Smithfield: +220 German, Smithfield: +116 Italian, Smithfield: +89 Chinese, Smithfield: +85 Dutch, Smithfield: +29 Papua New Guinean, Smithfield: +93 Indian, Smithfield: +86
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 Smithfield in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (1,949 people or 37.0%)
  • Australian (1,753 people or 33.3%)
  • Irish (613 people or 11.6%)
  • Scottish (591 people or 11.2%)
  • German (291 people or 5.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 5,197 responses in total, or 98.71% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Smithfield and Cairns were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (37.0% compared to 35.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (11.2% compared to 9.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Dutch ancestry (2.7% compared to 1.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (33.3% compared to 34.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (+548 persons)
  • English (+519 persons)
  • Scottish (+220 persons)
  • Irish (+217 persons)

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