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
Chinese
18,30713.38.216,63712.87.1+1,670
Australian
15,31811.125.716,47112.729.5-1,153
Lebanese
14,98710.93.214,88811.53.1+99
Greek
14,89510.82.614,82211.42.7+73
English
13,96610.225.812,8569.924.6+1,110
Italian
7,1385.24.26,8835.34.2+255
Irish
4,8893.68.34,5753.57.9+314
Vietnamese
4,6953.41.84,2353.31.6+460
Bengali
4,5323.30.42,1901.70.3+2,342
Indian
3,7032.72.93,0442.32.2+659
Scottish
3,0762.26.32,8292.25.9+247
Korean
2,9872.21.12,9762.30.9+11
Portuguese
2,5671.90.42,4301.90.4+137
Filipino
2,4261.81.92,1391.61.6+287
Indonesian
2,0591.50.41,4701.10.3+589
Pakistani
1,6761.20.31,0230.80.2+653
German
1,4291.02.51,3361.02.5+93
Nepalese
1,3491.00.41370.10.1+1,212
Arab not further described
1,3331.00.31,1570.90.3+176
Egyptian
1,2450.90.59720.70.4+273
Fijian
9750.70.57310.60.2+244
Cypriot
8570.60.23900.30.1+467
Syrian
8500.60.27320.60.1+118
Spanish
8360.60.78370.60.7-1
Maori
7920.60.58350.60.6-43
Macedonian
7630.60.67230.60.5+40
Samoan
7430.50.48440.70.4-101
Turkish
7050.50.56940.50.5+11
Maltese
6790.51.26870.51.3-8
Inadequately Described
6780.50.45400.40.3+138
Tongan
6650.50.36690.50.2-4
Croatian
6340.50.85960.50.8+38
Palestinian
5380.40.15300.40.1+8
New Zealander
5230.40.84490.30.8+74
Polish
5000.40.84950.40.8+5
Serbian
5000.40.64400.30.7+60
Cook Islander
4930.40.15190.40.1-26
Central and West African
4830.40.13180.20.1+165
Thai
4540.30.42760.20.2+178
Burmese peoples
4440.30.12680.20.1+176
Other Indian subcontinent
4340.30.22390.20.1+195
French
4170.30.64490.30.6-32
Iraqi
3870.30.33380.30.2+49
Dutch
3700.31.03620.31.0+8
Mauritian
3550.30.23490.30.1+6
Hungarian
3470.30.44230.30.5-76
Other Arab peoples
3140.20.12500.20.0+64
Chilean
3070.20.32740.20.3+33
Other South American
2740.20.22650.20.2+9
Russian
2690.20.52510.20.5+18
Sinhalese
2460.20.52830.20.5-37
Japanese
2390.20.31670.10.3+72
Welsh
2300.20.52280.20.5+2
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
2230.20.12370.20.1-14
Malay
2190.20.12300.20.1-11
Sudanese
2190.20.12650.20.1-46
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
1940.10.11790.10.1+15
Armenian
1910.10.32020.20.3-11
Jordanian
1900.10.12140.20.1-24
Australian Aboriginal
1800.10.21590.10.2+21
Iranian
1790.10.31010.10.2+78
South African
1680.10.61390.10.5+29
Bosnian
1600.10.11610.10.1-1
Ethiopian
1490.10.01060.10.0+43
American
1480.10.31550.10.3-7
Peruvian
1450.10.11400.10.1+5
Other Polynesian
1390.10.11130.10.1+26
Somali
1390.10.01490.10.0-10
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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 stated
11,8638.67.013,93510.79.1-2,072

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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