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The three largest ancestries in City of Darwin in 2016 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.

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
City of Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Australian
22,08428.032.822,85831.335.2-774
English
20,69926.328.719,62126.929.3+1,078
map this data in atlas.idIrish7,6909.89.76,8009.39.2+890
map this data in atlas.idScottish5,7997.47.75,3847.47.7+415
Chinese
4,3225.54.03,4294.73.6+893
Filipino
3,9115.04.22,6153.62.9+1,296
Greek
3,2784.22.82,9314.02.8+347
German
3,1954.14.43,1244.34.7+71
Indian
2,6653.42.51,3991.91.4+1,266
Italian
1,9352.52.31,7272.42.2+208
Australian Aboriginal
1,2861.61.51,4101.91.8-124
Dutch
9971.31.31,0451.41.6-48
Nepalese
9731.20.82890.40.3+684
Indonesian
9381.21.08311.10.9+107
Inadequately Described
8781.11.05630.80.6+315
Timorese
7981.00.86790.90.7+119
New Zealander
6920.90.97061.01.0-14
Vietnamese
6710.90.84380.60.6+233
Thai
6270.80.75290.70.6+98
Sinhalese
5900.70.53090.40.3+281
Portuguese
5380.70.54480.60.5+90
French
5340.70.64310.60.5+103
Spanish
4920.60.52930.40.4+199
Maori
4540.60.74570.60.6-3
Welsh
4370.60.54210.60.6+16
Japanese
3950.50.41790.20.2+216
Polish
3760.50.53340.50.4+42
Central and West African
3110.40.31760.20.2+135
Bengali
2880.40.31070.10.1+181
Korean
2800.40.31740.20.2+106
Malay
2670.30.31890.30.2+78
American
2590.30.32430.30.3+16
South African
2430.30.31810.20.3+62
Pakistani
2420.30.21410.20.2+101
Other Indian subcontinent
2400.30.2770.10.1+163
Burmese peoples
2100.30.21820.20.2+28
Other Southern and East African
2060.30.21640.20.2+42
Papua New Guinean
2010.30.32270.30.3-26
Russian
1880.20.21340.20.2+54
Taiwanese
1880.20.2440.10.1+144
Danish
1860.20.21820.20.3+4
Fijian
1810.20.21590.20.2+22
Hungarian
1700.20.21750.20.2-5
Cypriot
1680.20.21480.20.1+20
Sudanese
1640.20.11510.20.1+13
Maltese
1620.20.21110.20.2+51
Croatian
1610.20.21530.20.2+8
Swiss
1450.20.21490.20.2-4
Zimbabwean
1420.20.21060.10.1+36
Swedish
1380.20.21250.20.2+13
Serbian
1350.20.2980.10.1+37
Canadian
1280.20.21410.20.2-13
Tamil
1270.20.1480.10.1+79
Iranian
1260.20.1470.10.0+79
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
1110.10.11440.20.2-33
Austrian
1100.10.11460.20.2-36
Khmer (Cambodian)
1010.10.2730.10.1+28
Other South-East Asian
960.10.1850.10.1+11
Torres Strait Islander
960.10.11190.20.2-23
Finnish
900.10.1820.10.1+8
Lebanese
870.10.1700.10.1+17
Punjabi
850.10.1250.00.0+60
Ukrainian
840.10.1590.10.1+25
Norwegian
790.10.1760.10.1+3
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Not stated8,92811.312.39,53213.113.3-604

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 Darwin: 32.8% English, Greater Darwin: 28.7% Irish, Greater Darwin: 9.7% Scottish, Greater Darwin: 7.7% Chinese, Greater Darwin: 4.0% Filipino, Greater Darwin: 4.2% Greek, Greater Darwin: 2.8% German, Greater Darwin: 4.4% Indian, Greater Darwin: 2.5% Italian, Greater Darwin: 2.3% Australian, City of Darwin: 28.0% English, City of Darwin: 26.3% Irish, City of Darwin: 9.8% Scottish, City of Darwin: 7.4% Chinese, City of Darwin: 5.5% Filipino, City of Darwin: 5.0% Greek, City of Darwin: 4.2% German, City of Darwin: 4.1% Indian, City of Darwin: 3.4% Italian, City of Darwin: 2.5%
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, City of Darwin: -774 English, City of Darwin: +1,078 Irish, City of Darwin: +890 Scottish, City of Darwin: +415 Chinese, City of Darwin: +893 Filipino, City of Darwin: +1,296 Greek, City of Darwin: +347 German, City of Darwin: +71 Indian, City of Darwin: +1,266 Italian, City of Darwin: +208
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 City of Darwin in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (22,084 people or 28.0%)
  • English (20,699 people or 26.3%)
  • Irish (7,690 people or 9.8%)
  • Scottish (5,799 people or 7.4%)
  • Chinese (4,322 people or 5.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 60,594 responses in total, or 76.90% 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 Chinese ancestry (5.5% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (4.2% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (28.0% compared to 32.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (26.3% compared to 28.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Filipino (+1,296 persons)
  • Indian (+1,266 persons)
  • English (+1,078 persons)
  • Chinese (+893 persons)

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