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Ancestry

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

The three largest ancestries in Camden Council area 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 Camden Council area 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 Camden Council area'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
Camden Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Australian
29,09437.223.523,30241.125.7+5,792
English
27,11034.725.320,38835.925.8+6,722
map this data in atlas.idIrish7,94810.28.65,3589.48.3+2,590
map this data in atlas.idScottish6,4348.26.44,5748.16.3+1,860
Italian
5,3746.94.23,4206.04.2+1,954
German
2,5643.32.51,8753.32.5+689
Maltese
2,1692.81.21,3742.41.2+795
Indian
1,6202.14.05100.92.9+1,110
Chinese
1,6062.110.17671.48.2+839
Lebanese
1,0941.43.35781.03.2+516
Greek
1,0181.32.45781.02.6+440
Croatian
9211.20.85801.00.8+341
Dutch
9051.20.97261.31.0+179
Filipino
9021.22.14020.71.9+500
Polish
7601.00.84990.90.8+261
Serbian
7110.90.63830.70.6+328
New Zealander
6430.80.84010.70.8+242
Spanish
5900.80.83580.60.7+232
Assyrian/Chaldean
4570.60.6760.10.5+381
Fijian
4240.50.51420.30.5+282
Inadequately Described
4190.50.61470.30.4+272
Welsh
4150.50.52940.50.5+121
French
4130.50.72590.50.6+154
Chilean
4020.50.32470.40.3+155
South African
3890.50.62500.40.6+139
Samoan
3750.50.51530.30.4+222
Vietnamese
3470.42.2980.21.8+249
Maori
3370.40.51910.30.5+146
Macedonian
3180.40.51690.30.6+149
Egyptian
3110.40.51040.20.5+207
Hungarian
3090.40.42200.40.4+89
Mauritian
3030.40.21640.30.2+139
Russian
2720.30.51790.30.5+93
Portuguese
2710.30.51190.20.4+152
Australian Aboriginal
2530.30.21070.20.2+146
Uruguayan
2280.30.11040.20.1+124
Other South American
2160.30.21150.20.2+101
Pakistani
2130.30.5700.10.3+143
Austrian
2040.30.21400.20.2+64
Sinhalese
1970.30.6950.20.5+102
Turkish
1860.20.5660.10.5+120
Lao
1850.20.21100.20.1+75
American
1840.20.31440.30.3+40
Arab not further described
1780.20.4410.10.3+137
Thai
1720.20.5910.20.4+81
Ukrainian
1680.20.2870.20.2+81
Argentinian
1630.20.1670.10.1+96
Khmer (Cambodian)
1590.20.3500.10.3+109
Afghan
1510.20.3770.10.2+74
Iraqi
1480.20.5240.00.3+124
Danish
1460.20.2970.20.2+49
Tongan
1320.20.3670.10.3+65
Zimbabwean
1250.20.1370.10.0+88
Bosnian
1250.20.1440.10.1+81
Swedish
1190.20.2750.10.2+44
Iranian
1150.10.5320.10.3+83
Canadian
1130.10.2710.10.2+42
Finnish
1120.10.1570.10.1+55
Indonesian
1030.10.5570.10.4+46
Slovene
1010.10.1810.10.1+20
Cypriot
990.10.2320.10.2+67
Other North American
960.10.1190.00.0+77
Peruvian
910.10.1330.10.1+58
Bengali
900.10.640.00.4+86
Czech
890.10.2620.10.2+27
Palestinian
880.10.2290.10.1+59
Other Indian subcontinent
830.10.3320.10.2+51
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Camden Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated3,9735.16.32,8505.07.0+1,123

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, Greater Sydney: 23.5% English, Greater Sydney: 25.3% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Maltese, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Indian, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 10.1% Lebanese, Greater Sydney: 3.3% Australian, Camden Council area: 37.2% English, Camden Council area: 34.7% Irish, Camden Council area: 10.2% Scottish, Camden Council area: 8.2% Italian, Camden Council area: 6.9% German, Camden Council area: 3.3% Maltese, Camden Council area: 2.8% Indian, Camden Council area: 2.1% Chinese, Camden Council area: 2.1% Lebanese, Camden Council area: 1.4%
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, Camden Council area: +5,792 English, Camden Council area: +6,722 Irish, Camden Council area: +2,590 Scottish, Camden Council area: +1,860 Italian, Camden Council area: +1,954 German, Camden Council area: +689 Maltese, Camden Council area: +795 Indian, Camden Council area: +1,110 Chinese, Camden Council area: +839 Lebanese, Camden Council area: +516
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 Camden Council area in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (29,094 people or 37.2%)
  • English (27,110 people or 34.7%)
  • Irish (7,948 people or 10.2%)
  • Scottish (6,434 people or 8.2%)
  • Italian (5,374 people or 6.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 75,960 responses in total, or 97.10% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Camden Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (37.2% compared to 23.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (34.7% compared to 25.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (6.9% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (2.1% compared to 10.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+6,722 persons)
  • Australian (+5,792 persons)
  • Irish (+2,590 persons)
  • Italian (+1,954 persons)

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