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The three largest ancestries in Canterbury in 2016 were Chinese, Australian and English.

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 Canterbury 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 Canterbury'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
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Canterbury Bankstown %Number%City of Canterbury Bankstown %2011 to 2016
Chinese
1,17716.211.382513.49.9+352
Australian
95213.114.278012.715.0+172
English
93612.912.373612.012.8+200
Greek
6929.56.673111.97.1-39
map this data in atlas.idIrish4215.84.03255.34.1+96
Italian
3975.54.13836.24.3+14
Lebanese
3594.915.14016.514.7-42
Vietnamese
3384.77.32263.76.3+112
Portuguese
3034.21.12774.51.0+26
map this data in atlas.idScottish2843.92.72123.42.7+72
Filipino
2163.01.61362.21.4+80
Nepalese
2102.90.91432.30.5+67
Indian
1502.12.51392.32.0+11
German
1432.01.2981.61.3+45
Thai
1001.40.4300.50.3+70
Indonesian
921.31.2510.80.9+41
Korean
811.11.31312.11.4-50
Spanish
791.10.6350.60.5+44
Bengali
670.92.5611.01.7+6
Polish
640.90.5400.70.6+24
Cypriot
510.70.5420.70.5+9
Inadequately Described
500.70.8260.40.4+24
Other Northern Asian
480.70.0140.20.0+34
Serbian
400.60.3641.00.4-24
Turkish
390.50.5380.60.5+1
French
390.50.3340.60.3+5
Brazilian
380.50.1220.40.1+16
Tongan
380.50.5320.50.4+6
Fijian
350.50.6300.50.6+5
Dutch
340.50.3150.20.3+19
Maltese
340.50.6290.50.6+5
Russian
340.50.2110.20.2+23
New Zealander
320.40.4270.40.4+5
Arab not further described
320.41.5220.41.2+10
Cook Islander
310.40.3200.30.2+11
Egyptian
300.41.2260.41.0+4
Pakistani
300.41.6280.50.9+2
Japanese
290.40.2160.30.1+13
Macedonian
260.41.3250.41.4+1
Croatian
260.40.5300.50.5-4
Australian Aboriginal
230.30.290.10.1+14
Colombian
210.30.170.10.1+14
Burmese peoples
200.30.5220.40.2-2
Iranian
200.30.2100.20.1+10
Mauritian
200.30.2230.40.3-3
Sinhalese
200.30.2190.30.2+1
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Canterbury - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Canterbury Bankstown %Number%City of Canterbury Bankstown %2011 to 2016
Not stated4876.76.54186.88.3+69

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 Chinese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 11.3% Australian, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 14.2% English, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 12.3% Greek, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 6.6% Irish, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 4.0% Italian, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 4.1% Lebanese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 15.1% Vietnamese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 7.3% Portuguese, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 1.1% Scottish, City of Canterbury Bankstown: 2.7% Chinese, Canterbury: 16.2% Australian, Canterbury: 13.1% English, Canterbury: 12.9% Greek, Canterbury: 9.5% Irish, Canterbury: 5.8% Italian, Canterbury: 5.5% Lebanese, Canterbury: 4.9% Vietnamese, Canterbury: 4.7% Portuguese, Canterbury: 4.2% Scottish, Canterbury: 3.9%
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 Chinese, Canterbury: +352 Australian, Canterbury: +172 English, Canterbury: +200 Greek, Canterbury: -39 Irish, Canterbury: +96 Italian, Canterbury: +14 Lebanese, Canterbury: -42 Vietnamese, Canterbury: +112 Portuguese, Canterbury: +26 Scottish, Canterbury: +72
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 Canterbury in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Chinese (1,177 people or 16.2%)
  • Australian (952 people or 13.1%)
  • English (936 people or 12.9%)
  • Greek (692 people or 9.5%)
  • Irish (421 people or 5.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 4,178 responses in total, or 57.55% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Canterbury and City of Canterbury Bankstown were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (16.2% compared to 11.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Portuguese ancestry (4.2% compared to 1.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (9.5% compared to 6.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Lebanese ancestry (4.9% compared to 15.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+352 persons)
  • English (+200 persons)
  • Australian (+172 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+112 persons)

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