Canterbury City

Ancestry

The three largest ancestries in Canterbury City in 2011 were Chinese, Australian, and Lebanese.

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 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 Canterbury City's ethnic characteristics.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - ranked by size
Canterbury City20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Chinese18,30713.38.216,63712.87.1+1,670
Australian15,31811.125.716,47112.729.5-1,153
Lebanese14,98710.93.214,88811.53.1+99
Greek14,89510.82.614,82211.42.7+73
English13,96610.225.812,8569.924.6+1,110
Italian7,1385.24.26,8835.34.2+255
Irish4,8893.68.34,5753.57.9+314
Vietnamese4,6953.41.84,2353.31.6+460
Bengali4,5323.30.42,1901.70.3+2,342
Indian3,7032.72.93,0442.32.2+659
Scottish3,0762.26.32,8292.25.9+247
Korean2,9872.21.12,9762.30.9+11
Portuguese2,5671.90.42,4301.90.4+137
Filipino2,4261.81.92,1391.61.6+287
Indonesian2,0591.50.41,4701.10.3+589
Pakistani1,6761.20.31,0230.80.2+653
German1,4291.02.51,3361.02.5+93
Nepalese1,3491.00.41370.10.1+1,212
Arab not further described1,3331.00.31,1570.90.3+176
Egyptian1,2450.90.59720.70.4+273
Fijian9750.70.57310.60.2+244
Cypriot8570.60.23900.30.1+467
Syrian8500.60.27320.60.1+118
Spanish8360.60.78370.60.7-1
Maori7920.60.58350.60.6-43
Macedonian7630.60.67230.60.5+40
Samoan7430.50.48440.70.4-101
Turkish7050.50.56940.50.5+11
Maltese6790.51.26870.51.3-8
Inadequately Described6780.50.45400.40.3+138
Tongan6650.50.36690.50.2-4
Croatian6340.50.85960.50.8+38
Palestinian5380.40.15300.40.1+8
New Zealander5230.40.84490.30.8+74
Polish5000.40.84950.40.8+5
Serbian5000.40.64400.30.7+60
Cook Islander4930.40.15190.40.1-26
Central and West African4830.40.13180.20.1+165
Thai4540.30.42760.20.2+178
Burmese peoples4440.30.12680.20.1+176
Other Indian subcontinent4340.30.22390.20.1+195
French4170.30.64490.30.6-32
Iraqi3870.30.33380.30.2+49
Dutch3700.31.03620.31.0+8
Mauritian3550.30.23490.30.1+6
Hungarian3470.30.44230.30.5-76
Other Arab peoples3140.20.12500.20.0+64
Chilean3070.20.32740.20.3+33
Other South American2740.20.22650.20.2+9
Russian2690.20.52510.20.5+18
Sinhalese2460.20.52830.20.5-37
Japanese2390.20.31670.10.3+72
Welsh2300.20.52280.20.5+2
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)2230.20.12370.20.1-14
Malay2190.20.12300.20.1-11
Sudanese2190.20.12650.20.1-46
Other Middle-Eastern peoples1940.10.11790.10.1+15
Armenian1910.10.32020.20.3-11
Jordanian1900.10.12140.20.1-24
Australian Aboriginal1800.10.21590.10.2+21
Iranian1790.10.31010.10.2+78
South African1680.10.61390.10.5+29
Bosnian1600.10.11610.10.1-1
Ethiopian1490.10.01060.10.0+43
American1480.10.31550.10.3-7
Peruvian1450.10.11400.10.1+5
Other Polynesian1390.10.11130.10.1+26
Somali1390.10.01490.10.0-10
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - totals
Canterbury City20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Not stated11,8638.67.013,93510.79.1-2,072

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Ancestry, 2011
Ancestry, 2011 Chinese, Greater Sydney: 8.2% Australian, Greater Sydney: 25.7% Lebanese, Greater Sydney: 3.2% Greek, Greater Sydney: 2.6% English, Greater Sydney: 25.8% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.3% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Bengali, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Indian, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Chinese, Canterbury City: 13.3% Australian, Canterbury City: 11.1% Lebanese, Canterbury City: 10.9% Greek, Canterbury City: 10.8% English, Canterbury City: 10.2% Italian, Canterbury City: 5.2% Irish, Canterbury City: 3.6% Vietnamese, Canterbury City: 3.4% Bengali, Canterbury City: 3.3% Indian, Canterbury City: 2.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 Chinese, Canterbury City: +1,670 Australian, Canterbury City: -1,153 Lebanese, Canterbury City: +99 Greek, Canterbury City: +73 English, Canterbury City: +1,110 Italian, Canterbury City: +255 Irish, Canterbury City: +314 Vietnamese, Canterbury City: +460 Bengali, Canterbury City: +2,342 Indian, Canterbury City: +659
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 City in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Chinese (18,307 people or 13.3%)
  • Australian (15,318 people or 11.1%)
  • Lebanese (14,987 people or 10.9%)
  • Greek (14,895 people or 10.8%)
  • English (13,966 people or 10.2%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 77,473 responses in total, or 56.36% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (10.8% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Lebanese ancestry (10.9% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (10.2% compared to 25.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (11.1% compared to 25.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Bengali (+2,342 persons)
  • Chinese (+1,670 persons)
  • Nepalese (+1,212 persons)
  • Australian (-1,153 persons)

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