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The three largest ancestries in Fairfield City in 2016 were Vietnamese, Chinese and Assyrian/Chaldean.

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 City 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 City'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 City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese39,58119.92.231,18816.61.8+8,393
map this data in atlas.idChinese26,95113.610.124,98413.38.2+1,967
Assyrian/Chaldean
19,87310.00.614,5927.80.5+5,281
Australian
18,3269.223.518,3179.825.7+9
English
16,2558.225.315,7478.425.8+508
Italian
11,9146.04.212,6776.84.2-763
Khmer (Cambodian)
8,5104.30.37,0203.70.3+1,490
Iraqi
7,8213.90.55,0512.70.3+2,770
Lebanese
6,1073.13.35,4572.93.2+650
Serbian
4,3722.20.64,7072.50.6-335
Croatian
3,6771.80.83,9572.10.8-280
Irish
3,5301.88.63,5611.98.3-31
Filipino
3,2171.62.13,0071.61.9+210
Spanish
3,0301.50.83,0801.60.7-50
Maltese
2,8791.41.23,1771.71.2-298
Scottish
2,7221.46.42,5551.46.3+167
Samoan
2,6201.30.51,6630.90.4+957
Lao
2,4721.20.22,2191.20.1+253
Arab not further described
2,1571.10.41,6810.90.3+476
Indian
2,0251.04.01,7660.92.9+259
German
1,9921.02.51,8491.02.5+143
Chilean
1,7970.90.31,8611.00.3-64
Greek
1,6860.82.41,6800.92.6+6
Macedonian
1,5950.80.51,7030.90.6-108
Tongan
1,3760.70.39870.50.3+389
Turkish
1,3730.70.51,3530.70.5+20
Thai
1,2500.60.57970.40.4+453
Polish
1,1910.60.81,3680.70.8-177
Fijian
1,1360.60.51,0190.50.5+117
Syrian
1,1200.60.26860.40.2+434
Inadequately Described
1,0740.50.66570.30.4+417
Armenian
1,0710.50.39360.50.3+135
Iranian
1,0690.50.56040.30.3+465
Russian
1,0040.50.59400.50.5+64
Maori
8790.40.59300.50.5-51
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
7620.40.26080.30.1+154
Other South American
7500.40.28910.50.2-141
Uruguayan
7360.40.18940.50.1-158
Bosnian
6230.30.15410.30.1+82
Burmese peoples
6050.30.13790.20.1+226
Portuguese
5740.30.55070.30.4+67
Egyptian
5550.30.54520.20.5+103
New Zealander
5040.30.84060.20.8+98
Argentinian
4970.30.15380.30.1-41
French
4930.20.73920.20.6+101
Timorese
4710.20.04280.20.0+43
Peruvian
4550.20.14090.20.1+46
Palestinian
4530.20.23660.20.1+87
Central and West African
4450.20.21930.10.1+252
Jordanian
3980.20.14390.20.1-41
Hungarian
3870.20.44340.20.4-47
Pakistani
3860.20.52160.10.3+170
Indonesian
3810.20.53080.20.4+73
Dutch
3630.20.94500.21.0-87
Afghan
3500.20.32170.10.2+133
Sudanese
3340.20.12780.10.1+56
Ukrainian
3290.20.23650.20.2-36
Kurdish
2910.10.12010.10.1+90
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
2860.10.12460.10.1+40
Cook Islander
2770.10.11360.10.1+141
Slovene
2700.10.13020.20.1-32
Salvadoran
2630.10.02660.10.0-3
Mauritian
2520.10.22880.20.2-36
Australian Aboriginal
2370.10.22140.10.2+23
Sinhalese
2170.10.62070.10.5+10
Austrian
2030.10.22760.10.2-73
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Fairfield City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated10,9925.56.313,9757.47.0-2,983

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 Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 10.1% Assyrian/Chaldean, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Australian, Greater Sydney: 23.5% English, Greater Sydney: 25.3% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% Khmer (Cambodian), Greater Sydney: 0.3% Iraqi, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Lebanese, Greater Sydney: 3.3% Serbian, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Vietnamese, Fairfield City: 19.9% Chinese, Fairfield City: 13.6% Assyrian/Chaldean, Fairfield City: 10.0% Australian, Fairfield City: 9.2% English, Fairfield City: 8.2% Italian, Fairfield City: 6.0% Khmer (Cambodian), Fairfield City: 4.3% Iraqi, Fairfield City: 3.9% Lebanese, Fairfield City: 3.1% Serbian, Fairfield City: 2.2%
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 Vietnamese, Fairfield City: +8,393 Chinese, Fairfield City: +1,967 Assyrian/Chaldean, Fairfield City: +5,281 Australian, Fairfield City: +9 English, Fairfield City: +508 Italian, Fairfield City: -763 Khmer (Cambodian), Fairfield City: +1,490 Iraqi, Fairfield City: +2,770 Lebanese, Fairfield City: +650 Serbian, Fairfield City: -335
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 City in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Vietnamese (39,581 people or 19.9%)
  • Chinese (26,951 people or 13.6%)
  • Assyrian/Chaldean (19,873 people or 10.0%)
  • Australian (18,326 people or 9.2%)
  • English (16,255 people or 8.2%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 120,986 responses in total, or 60.85% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (19.9% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Assyrian/Chaldean ancestry (10.0% compared to 0.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (8.2% compared to 25.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (9.2% compared to 23.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vietnamese (+8,393 persons)
  • Assyrian/Chaldean (+5,281 persons)
  • Iraqi (+2,770 persons)
  • Chinese (+1,967 persons)

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