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The three largest ancestries in Fairfield Heights in 2016 were Assyrian/Chaldean, Vietnamese and Iraqi.

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 Heights 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 Heights'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 Heights - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Fairfield City %Number%Fairfield City %2011 to 2016
Assyrian/Chaldean
1,84124.510.01,32419.97.8+517
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese93912.519.968910.416.6+250
Iraqi
83011.03.95037.62.7+327
map this data in atlas.idChinese7269.613.65838.813.3+143
Australian
5947.99.25598.49.8+35
English
4706.28.24647.08.4+6
Italian
3144.26.03445.26.8-30
Khmer (Cambodian)
2603.54.31602.43.7+100
Lebanese
2082.83.11662.52.9+42
Serbian
1802.42.21932.92.5-13
Arab not further described
1031.41.11071.60.9-4
Samoan
951.31.3721.10.9+23
Croatian
941.21.81302.02.1-36
Filipino
891.21.6901.41.6-1
Irish
801.11.8711.11.9+9
Spanish
801.11.5991.51.6-19
Indian
700.91.0560.80.9+14
Maltese
670.91.4610.91.7+6
Scottish
650.91.4921.41.4-27
Syrian
620.80.6140.20.4+48
Chilean
590.80.9781.21.0-19
Bosnian
580.80.3600.90.3-2
Greek
540.70.8590.90.9-5
Inadequately Described
510.70.5290.40.3+22
Armenian
510.70.5520.80.5-1
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
490.70.4661.00.3-17
German
410.51.0530.81.0-12
Tongan
400.50.7320.50.5+8
Turkish
400.50.7420.60.7-2
Polish
390.50.6420.60.7-3
Iranian
370.50.5330.50.3+4
Lao
360.51.2440.71.2-8
Russian
300.40.5200.30.5+10
Kurdish
280.40.1260.40.1+2
Uruguayan
280.40.4300.50.5-2
Hungarian
270.40.2180.30.2+9
Maori
250.30.4230.30.5+2
Fijian
240.30.6230.30.5+1
Other Central Asian
230.30.1170.30.1+6
Afghan
220.30.270.10.1+15
Thai
200.30.660.10.4+14
Other South American
150.20.4140.20.5+1
Argentinian
150.20.3170.30.3-2
Other Arab peoples
150.20.100.00.0+15
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
130.20.1100.20.1+3
Egyptian
110.10.3220.30.2-11
Ukrainian
100.10.290.10.2+1
Sudanese
100.10.2180.30.1-8
Slovene
100.10.160.10.2+4
Somali
100.10.030.00.0+7
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Fairfield Heights - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Fairfield City %Number%Fairfield City %2011 to 2016
Not stated4125.55.55017.57.4-89

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% Iraqi, Fairfield City: 3.9% Chinese, Fairfield City: 13.6% 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% Serbian, Fairfield City: 2.2% Assyrian/Chaldean, Fairfield Heights: 24.5% Vietnamese, Fairfield Heights: 12.5% Iraqi, Fairfield Heights: 11.0% Chinese, Fairfield Heights: 9.6% Australian, Fairfield Heights: 7.9% English, Fairfield Heights: 6.2% Italian, Fairfield Heights: 4.2% Khmer (Cambodian), Fairfield Heights: 3.5% Lebanese, Fairfield Heights: 2.8% Serbian, Fairfield Heights: 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 Heights: +517 Vietnamese, Fairfield Heights: +250 Iraqi, Fairfield Heights: +327 Chinese, Fairfield Heights: +143 Australian, Fairfield Heights: +35 English, Fairfield Heights: +6 Italian, Fairfield Heights: -30 Khmer (Cambodian), Fairfield Heights: +100 Lebanese, Fairfield Heights: +42 Serbian, Fairfield Heights: -13
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 Heights in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Assyrian/Chaldean (1,841 people or 24.5%)
  • Vietnamese (939 people or 12.5%)
  • Iraqi (830 people or 11.0%)
  • Chinese (726 people or 9.6%)
  • Australian (594 people or 7.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 4,930 responses in total, or 65.51% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Assyrian/Chaldean ancestry (24.5% compared to 10.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Iraqi ancestry (11.0% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (12.5% compared to 19.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (9.6% 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 (+517 persons)
  • Iraqi (+327 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+250 persons)
  • Chinese (+143 persons)

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