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The three largest ancestries in Fairfield in 2016 were Assyrian/Chaldean, Vietnamese 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 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%Fairfield City %Number%Fairfield City %2011 to 2016
Assyrian/Chaldean
3,69920.710.02,90217.07.8+797
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese1,91410.719.91,6119.416.6+304
map this data in atlas.idChinese1,81410.213.61,75710.313.3+57
Iraqi
1,6289.13.91,5739.22.7+55
Australian
1,2567.09.21,2317.29.8+25
English
1,1566.58.21,1106.58.4+46
Italian
5122.96.06193.66.8-107
Khmer (Cambodian)
4612.64.34482.63.7+14
Lebanese
4562.63.14592.72.9-2
Arab not further described
4322.41.13782.20.9+53
Filipino
3942.21.63712.21.6+23
Serbian
3852.22.24742.82.5-89
Indian
3381.91.02951.70.9+43
Spanish
3311.91.53211.91.6+10
Iranian
2811.60.51300.80.3+151
Syrian
2281.30.61220.70.4+106
Samoan
2081.21.31060.60.9+102
Irish
2021.11.82031.21.9-1
Tongan
2021.10.71961.20.5+6
Croatian
2001.11.82161.32.1-16
Scottish
1821.01.41671.01.4+15
Bosnian
1590.90.31771.00.3-18
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
1480.80.41841.10.3-36
Turkish
1370.80.71340.80.7+3
Armenian
1300.70.5960.60.5+34
Chilean
1290.70.91851.11.0-56
Inadequately Described
1170.70.51170.70.30
German
1080.61.01631.01.0-55
Maori
930.50.41190.70.5-26
Thai
910.50.6540.30.4+37
Maltese
890.51.41420.81.7-53
Fijian
810.50.61190.70.5-38
Burmese peoples
800.40.3560.30.2+24
Lao
800.41.2960.61.2-16
Macedonian
760.40.8890.50.9-13
Polish
760.40.61100.60.7-34
Central and West African
720.40.2480.30.1+24
Greek
690.40.8890.50.9-20
Pakistani
690.40.2240.10.1+45
Other South American
680.40.4780.50.5-10
Russian
630.40.5400.20.5+23
Kurdish
630.40.1250.10.1+38
Afghan
520.30.2620.40.1-10
Portuguese
460.30.3250.10.3+21
Egyptian
400.20.3410.20.2-1
Sudanese
390.20.2510.30.1-12
Nepalese
380.20.000.00.0+38
Uruguayan
370.20.4760.40.5-39
Peruvian
350.20.2330.20.2+2
Other Central Asian
330.20.1780.50.1-45
Indonesian
300.20.2290.20.2+1
French
300.20.2280.20.2+2
Argentinian
300.20.3710.40.3-41
Cook Islander
270.20.1250.10.1+2
New Zealander
260.10.3390.20.2-13
Timorese
260.10.2280.20.2-2
Other Indian subcontinent
250.10.1130.10.1+12
Albanian
240.10.0380.20.0-14
Salvadoran
230.10.1330.20.1-10
Tamil
220.10.030.00.0+19
Other Southern and East African
180.10.0230.10.1-5
Jordanian
180.10.2290.20.2-11
Other Arab peoples
170.10.130.00.0+14
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
160.10.1410.20.1-25
Romanian
160.10.1160.10.10
Dutch
160.10.2320.20.2-16
Hungarian
150.10.2370.20.2-22
Other Polynesian
150.10.1150.10.10
Palestinian
150.10.2130.10.2+2
Ukrainian
130.10.2340.20.2-21
Other Central American
120.10.160.00.0+6
Sinhalese
120.10.1150.10.1-3
Korean
110.10.1250.10.1-14
Other Eastern European
100.10.0120.10.0-2
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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%Fairfield City %Number%Fairfield City %2011 to 2016
Not stated9945.65.51,0476.17.4-53

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 Assyrian/Chaldean, Fairfield City: 10.0% Vietnamese, Fairfield City: 19.9% Chinese, Fairfield City: 13.6% Iraqi, Fairfield City: 3.9% Australian, Fairfield City: 9.2% English, Fairfield City: 8.2% Italian, Fairfield City: 6.0% Khmer (Cambodian), Fairfield City: 4.3% Lebanese, Fairfield City: 3.1% Arab not further described, Fairfield City: 1.1% Assyrian/Chaldean, Fairfield: 20.7% Vietnamese, Fairfield: 10.7% Chinese, Fairfield: 10.2% Iraqi, Fairfield: 9.1% Australian, Fairfield: 7.0% English, Fairfield: 6.5% Italian, Fairfield: 2.9% Khmer (Cambodian), Fairfield: 2.6% Lebanese, Fairfield: 2.6% Arab not further described, Fairfield: 2.4%
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 Assyrian/Chaldean, Fairfield: +797 Vietnamese, Fairfield: +304 Chinese, Fairfield: +57 Iraqi, Fairfield: +55 Australian, Fairfield: +25 English, Fairfield: +46 Italian, Fairfield: -107 Khmer (Cambodian), Fairfield: +14 Lebanese, Fairfield: -2 Arab not further described, Fairfield: +53
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:

  • Assyrian/Chaldean (3,699 people or 20.7%)
  • Vietnamese (1,914 people or 10.7%)
  • Chinese (1,814 people or 10.2%)
  • Iraqi (1,628 people or 9.1%)
  • Australian (1,256 people or 7.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 10,311 responses in total, or 57.73% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Assyrian/Chaldean ancestry (20.7% compared to 10.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Iraqi ancestry (9.1% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (10.7% compared to 19.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (10.2% compared to 13.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Assyrian/Chaldean (+797 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+304 persons)
  • Iranian (+151 persons)
  • Italian (-107 persons)

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