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Greater Western Sydney Region

Ancestry

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The three largest ancestries in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 were Australian, English and Chinese.

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 the Greater Western Sydney Region 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 the Greater Western Sydney Region'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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Australian485,80622.523.5480,31324.725.7+5,492
English458,03321.225.3427,39922.025.8+30,633
Chinese172,9198.010.1131,9106.88.2+41,009
Irish135,9326.38.6120,3396.28.3+15,593
Indian129,9256.04.082,3674.22.9+47,558
Lebanese108,7335.03.393,3804.83.2+15,352
Scottish104,8904.96.494,3834.96.3+10,507
Italian83,1233.94.276,5483.94.2+6,574
Vietnamese80,4093.72.261,6623.21.8+18,747
Filipino67,6763.12.157,4173.01.9+10,258
German46,0292.12.541,6162.12.5+4,412
Maltese40,0941.91.238,4812.01.2+1,612
Greek31,2931.52.429,4531.52.6+1,840
Assyrian/Chaldean28,9531.30.620,1801.00.5+8,773
Korean25,4481.21.317,8860.91.1+7,562
Iraqi21,1961.00.513,4450.70.3+7,750
Samoan21,0671.00.516,2370.80.4+4,830
Croatian20,2780.90.819,6501.00.8+628
Pakistani18,7730.90.510,2550.50.3+8,518
Spanish18,4650.90.815,8150.80.7+2,649
Fijian18,2410.80.514,6170.80.5+3,624
Serbian17,9420.80.617,4340.90.6+507
Turkish17,5610.80.516,1370.80.5+1,423
Sinhalese16,9350.80.612,9540.70.5+3,981
Dutch16,7930.80.917,3690.91.0-577
Polish15,8640.70.815,7020.80.8+161
Inadequately Described15,1360.70.68,3760.40.4+6,759
Arab not further described14,6730.70.410,3070.50.3+4,366
Bengali13,9170.60.67,8810.40.4+6,036
Egyptian13,7860.60.510,4920.50.5+3,293
Maori13,5090.60.512,6850.70.5+824
Khmer (Cambodian)13,3800.60.310,3050.50.3+3,075
New Zealander13,2500.60.811,3960.60.8+1,854
Afghan13,2200.60.38,4480.40.2+4,771
Nepalese12,2170.60.74,5440.20.4+7,673
Iranian12,1740.60.56,7670.30.3+5,406
Tongan11,2120.50.38,5150.40.3+2,697
Macedonian10,7620.50.59,9150.50.6+847
Other Indian subcontinent10,1380.50.37,0980.40.2+3,040
Tamil8,6380.40.26,4400.30.2+2,198
Chilean8,4990.40.37,6210.40.3+877
French8,4100.40.77,1080.40.6+1,301
Syrian7,9950.40.25,5610.30.2+2,433
Indonesian7,9480.40.55,5820.30.4+2,366
Russian7,8680.40.56,9290.40.5+938
South African7,4930.30.66,9630.40.6+530
Welsh7,1510.30.56,4730.30.5+678
Portuguese7,0910.30.55,1790.30.4+1,911
Thai6,8340.30.54,3550.20.4+2,479
Hungarian6,5280.30.46,5430.30.4-15
Lao6,3110.30.25,4620.30.1+848
Australian Aboriginal5,9960.30.24,3120.20.2+1,684
Palestinian5,9030.30.23,9530.20.1+1,950
Punjabi5,7280.30.12,4590.10.1+3,269
Central and West African5,6480.30.23,5840.20.1+2,064
Sudanese5,3890.20.14,6870.20.1+702
Other Central Asian4,9470.20.12,9840.20.1+1,963
Other Middle-Eastern peoples4,7540.20.23,0450.20.1+1,709
Mauritian4,4360.20.24,4260.20.2+10
Armenian4,2950.20.33,5650.20.3+729
Other South American4,1240.20.23,8760.20.2+247
Burmese peoples4,0090.20.12,9670.20.1+1,042
Ukrainian3,9370.20.23,6450.20.2+292
American3,8110.20.33,7040.20.3+107
Cook Islander3,7530.20.12,9760.20.1+777
Bosnian3,7340.20.13,2270.20.1+507
Kurdish3,4870.20.12,6030.10.1+884
Cypriot3,4720.20.22,7040.10.2+768
Austrian3,2990.20.23,2390.20.2+59
Malay3,2780.20.22,2220.10.1+1,056
Uruguayan3,1740.10.12,9730.20.1+200
Peruvian2,8040.10.12,3380.10.1+466
Japanese2,7750.10.42,0570.10.3+718
Jordanian2,5960.10.12,1400.10.1+456
Danish2,5480.10.22,4410.10.2+107
Other Polynesian2,5470.10.11,5730.10.1+974
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)2,4930.10.12,4440.10.1+49
Argentinian2,3820.10.12,0830.10.1+298
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated130,4156.06.3133,5426.97.0-3,127

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% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 10.1% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Indian, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Lebanese, Greater Sydney: 3.3% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Filipino, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Australian, Greater Western Sydney Region: 22.5% English, Greater Western Sydney Region: 21.2% Chinese, Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.0% Irish, Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.3% Indian, Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.0% Lebanese, Greater Western Sydney Region: 5.0% Scottish, Greater Western Sydney Region: 4.9% Italian, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.9% Vietnamese, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.7% Filipino, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.1%
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, Greater Western Sydney Region: +5,492 English, Greater Western Sydney Region: +30,633 Chinese, Greater Western Sydney Region: +41,009 Irish, Greater Western Sydney Region: +15,593 Indian, Greater Western Sydney Region: +47,558 Lebanese, Greater Western Sydney Region: +15,352 Scottish, Greater Western Sydney Region: +10,507 Italian, Greater Western Sydney Region: +6,574 Vietnamese, Greater Western Sydney Region: +18,747 Filipino, Greater Western Sydney Region: +10,258
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 Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (485,806 people or 22.5%)
  • English (458,033 people or 21.2%)
  • Chinese (172,919 people or 8.0%)
  • Irish (135,932 people or 6.3%)
  • Indian (129,925 people or 6.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 1,382,615 responses in total, or 64.07% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Indian ancestry (6.0% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (21.2% compared to 25.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (6.3% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (8.0% compared to 10.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Indian (+47,558 persons)
  • Chinese (+41,009 persons)
  • English (+30,633 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+18,747 persons)

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