Darebin City CouncilCommunity profile
census-message-logo

2016 Census data has been released and we are busy processing it to update this website. View our latest releases here.

Skip to content
census-message-logo

This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

The three largest ancestries in Fairfield in 2016 were English, Australian 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 Fairfield 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 Fairfield'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
Fairfield - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Darebin %Number%City of Darebin %2011 to 2016
English
1,77831.122.71,48528.520.8+293
Australian
1,48326.020.61,42227.321.3+61
map this data in atlas.idIrish84014.710.766312.79.3+177
Scottish
59210.47.14929.56.1+100
map this data in atlas.idItalian57710.113.656610.914.7+11
Greek
5199.18.454410.59.0-24
Chinese
2163.86.42204.25.7-4
German
1903.32.71472.82.4+44
Indian
1081.93.61512.93.4-44
Polish
731.30.7521.00.6+22
Vietnamese
731.32.4350.72.0+38
Dutch
591.01.0861.71.0-27
French
510.90.6400.80.5+12
Welsh
500.90.5340.70.4+17
Macedonian
480.82.1440.92.4+3
Lebanese
410.72.0490.92.2-8
Sinhalese
380.70.7290.60.7+8
New Zealander
340.60.7200.40.6+14
Maltese
310.51.0340.71.1-3
Spanish
250.50.6190.40.5+7
Filipino
240.40.9240.50.70
Japanese
230.40.3180.30.2+5
Russian
220.40.2250.50.2-4
Serbian
220.40.5230.50.5-1
Jewish
200.40.1100.20.1+11
Iranian
200.40.470.10.2+14
Show me more!

Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Fairfield - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Darebin %Number%City of Darebin %2011 to 2016
Not stated3636.47.02915.67.4+73

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 English, City of Darebin: 22.7% Australian, City of Darebin: 20.6% Irish, City of Darebin: 10.7% Scottish, City of Darebin: 7.1% Italian, City of Darebin: 13.6% Greek, City of Darebin: 8.4% Chinese, City of Darebin: 6.4% German, City of Darebin: 2.7% Indian, City of Darebin: 3.6% Polish, City of Darebin: 0.7% English, Fairfield: 31.1% Australian, Fairfield: 26.0% Irish, Fairfield: 14.7% Scottish, Fairfield: 10.4% Italian, Fairfield: 10.1% Greek, Fairfield: 9.1% Chinese, Fairfield: 3.8% German, Fairfield: 3.3% Indian, Fairfield: 1.9% Polish, Fairfield: 1.3%
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 English, Fairfield: +293 Australian, Fairfield: +61 Irish, Fairfield: +177 Scottish, Fairfield: +100 Italian, Fairfield: +11 Greek, Fairfield: -24 Chinese, Fairfield: -4 German, Fairfield: +44 Indian, Fairfield: -44 Polish, Fairfield: +22
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 Fairfield in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (1,778 people or 31.1%)
  • Australian (1,483 people or 26.0%)
  • Irish (840 people or 14.7%)
  • Scottish (592 people or 10.4%)
  • Italian (577 people or 10.1%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 5,270 responses in total, or 92.26% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Fairfield and the City of Darebin were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (31.1% compared to 22.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (26.0% compared to 20.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (14.7% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (10.1% compared to 13.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+293 persons)
  • Irish (+177 persons)
  • Scottish (+100 persons)
  • Australian (+61 persons)

To continue building your demographic story go to...

v17.10.06-1.0.0