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The three largest ancestries in City of Darwin 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 City of Darwin 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 City of Darwin'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
City of Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Australian
22,85831.335.224,58137.139.8-1,723
English
19,62126.929.317,79926.928.1+1,822
map this data in atlas.idIrish6,8009.39.26,1549.39.0+646
map this data in atlas.idScottish5,3847.47.74,8717.37.4+513
Chinese
3,4294.73.62,8954.43.3+534
German
3,1244.34.72,9994.54.6+125
Greek
2,9314.02.82,4783.72.7+453
Filipino
2,6153.62.91,4692.21.9+1,146
Italian
1,7272.42.21,6852.52.3+42
Australian Aboriginal
1,4101.91.81,2061.81.9+204
Indian
1,3991.91.46230.90.7+776
Dutch
1,0451.41.61,0851.61.7-40
Indonesian
8311.10.96050.90.7+226
New Zealander
7061.01.06961.11.0+10
Timorese
6790.90.76691.00.7+10
Inadequately Described
5630.80.64380.70.5+125
Thai
5290.70.64040.60.5+125
Maori
4570.60.63830.60.6+74
Portuguese
4480.60.54810.70.6-33
Vietnamese
4380.60.63340.50.6+104
French
4310.60.53810.60.5+50
Welsh
4210.60.64090.60.6+12
Polish
3340.50.43140.50.5+20
Sinhalese
3090.40.32500.40.3+59
Spanish
2930.40.42680.40.4+25
Nepalese
2890.40.3200.00.0+269
American
2430.30.32650.40.4-22
Papua New Guinean
2270.30.32570.40.4-30
Malay
1890.30.22010.30.3-12
Burmese peoples
1820.20.2620.10.1+120
Danish
1820.20.31870.30.3-5
South African
1810.20.31280.20.2+53
Japanese
1790.20.21180.20.1+61
Central and West African
1760.20.21290.20.1+47
Hungarian
1750.20.21630.20.2+12
Korean
1740.20.2380.10.1+136
Other Southern and East African
1640.20.2690.10.1+95
Fijian
1590.20.2730.10.1+86
Croatian
1530.20.21490.20.2+4
Sudanese
1510.20.11920.30.2-41
Swiss
1490.20.21310.20.2+18
Cypriot
1480.20.1820.10.1+66
Austrian
1460.20.21290.20.2+17
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
1440.20.2990.10.1+45
Pakistani
1410.20.21040.20.1+37
Canadian
1410.20.21350.20.2+6
Russian
1340.20.21300.20.2+4
Swedish
1250.20.2960.10.2+29
Torres Strait Islander
1190.20.21020.20.2+17
Maltese
1110.20.21060.20.2+5
Bengali
1070.10.1210.00.1+86
Zimbabwean
1060.10.1790.10.1+27
Serbian
980.10.11080.20.2-10
Other South-East Asian
850.10.1660.10.1+19
Finnish
820.10.1910.10.1-9
Other Indian subcontinent
770.10.1310.00.0+46
Norwegian
760.10.1720.10.1+4
Khmer (Cambodian)
730.10.1530.10.1+20
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Not stated9,53213.113.37,91411.913.0+1,618

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, Greater Darwin: 35.2% English, Greater Darwin: 29.3% Irish, Greater Darwin: 9.2% Scottish, Greater Darwin: 7.7% Chinese, Greater Darwin: 3.6% German, Greater Darwin: 4.7% Greek, Greater Darwin: 2.8% Filipino, Greater Darwin: 2.9% Italian, Greater Darwin: 2.2% Australian Aboriginal, Greater Darwin: 1.8% Australian, City of Darwin: 31.3% English, City of Darwin: 26.9% Irish, City of Darwin: 9.3% Scottish, City of Darwin: 7.4% Chinese, City of Darwin: 4.7% German, City of Darwin: 4.3% Greek, City of Darwin: 4.0% Filipino, City of Darwin: 3.6% Italian, City of Darwin: 2.4% Australian Aboriginal, City of Darwin: 1.9%
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, City of Darwin: -1,723 English, City of Darwin: +1,822 Irish, City of Darwin: +646 Scottish, City of Darwin: +513 Chinese, City of Darwin: +534 German, City of Darwin: +125 Greek, City of Darwin: +453 Filipino, City of Darwin: +1,146 Italian, City of Darwin: +42 Australian Aboriginal, City of Darwin: +204
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 City of Darwin in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (22,858 people or 31.3%)
  • English (19,621 people or 26.9%)
  • Irish (6,800 people or 9.3%)
  • Scottish (5,384 people or 7.4%)
  • Chinese (3,429 people or 4.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 58,092 responses in total, or 79.63% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (4.0% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (4.7% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (31.3% compared to 35.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (26.9% compared to 29.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+1,822 persons)
  • Australian (-1,723 persons)
  • Filipino (+1,146 persons)
  • Indian (+776 persons)

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