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The three largest ancestries in Colac Otway Shire in 2011 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 Colac Otway Shire 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 Colac Otway Shire'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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Australian
8,79543.240.99,69547.845.8-900
English
8,07939.739.97,43236.635.8+647
map this data in atlas.idIrish3,09815.212.62,78613.711.3+312
map this data in atlas.idScottish2,43512.010.91,9639.79.4+472
German
6693.34.66213.14.4+48
Italian
5132.53.64542.23.5+59
Dutch
3761.82.33571.82.3+19
Chinese
1280.60.7600.30.6+68
Welsh
1120.60.5910.40.5+21
New Zealander
910.40.5940.50.5-3
French
850.40.4770.40.3+8
Polish
760.40.6730.40.6+3
Maltese
660.30.5620.30.5+4
Inadequately Described
620.30.3470.20.2+15
Greek
570.30.5750.40.6-18
Maori
480.20.2550.30.2-7
Filipino
430.20.4220.10.3+21
Hungarian
420.20.2390.20.3+3
Sudanese
360.20.1300.10.0+6
Croatian
350.20.5330.20.5+2
Russian
340.20.2190.10.1+15
Swiss
320.20.1350.20.1-3
Swedish
290.10.1250.10.1+4
American
270.10.2400.20.2-13
Danish
260.10.2240.10.2+2
Indian
260.10.5160.10.2+10
Norwegian
230.10.1190.10.1+4
Spanish
220.10.2190.10.2+3
Serbian
210.10.3260.10.3-5
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,2756.36.61,3476.67.1-72

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

Ancestry, 2011
Ancestry, 2011 Australian, Regional VIC: 40.9% English, Regional VIC: 39.9% Irish, Regional VIC: 12.6% Scottish, Regional VIC: 10.9% German, Regional VIC: 4.6% Italian, Regional VIC: 3.6% Dutch, Regional VIC: 2.3% Chinese, Regional VIC: 0.7% Welsh, Regional VIC: 0.5% New Zealander, Regional VIC: 0.5% Australian, Colac Otway Shire: 43.2% English, Colac Otway Shire: 39.7% Irish, Colac Otway Shire: 15.2% Scottish, Colac Otway Shire: 12.0% German, Colac Otway Shire: 3.3% Italian, Colac Otway Shire: 2.5% Dutch, Colac Otway Shire: 1.8% Chinese, Colac Otway Shire: 0.6% Welsh, Colac Otway Shire: 0.6% New Zealander, Colac Otway Shire: 0.4%
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 Australian, Colac Otway Shire: -900 English, Colac Otway Shire: +647 Irish, Colac Otway Shire: +312 Scottish, Colac Otway Shire: +472 German, Colac Otway Shire: +48 Italian, Colac Otway Shire: +59 Dutch, Colac Otway Shire: +19 Chinese, Colac Otway Shire: +68 Welsh, Colac Otway Shire: +21 New Zealander, Colac Otway Shire: -3
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 Colac Otway Shire in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (8,795 people or 43.2%)
  • English (8,079 people or 39.7%)
  • Irish (3,098 people or 15.2%)
  • Scottish (2,435 people or 12.0%)
  • German (669 people or 3.3%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 23,076 responses in total, or 113.43% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Colac Otway Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (15.2% compared to 12.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (43.2% compared to 40.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with German ancestry (3.3% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (2.5% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-900 persons)
  • English (+647 persons)
  • Scottish (+472 persons)
  • Irish (+312 persons)

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