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The three largest ancestries in Smithfield in 2016 were Australian, Assyrian/Chaldean and English.

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 Smithfield 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 Smithfield'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
Smithfield - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Fairfield City %Number%Fairfield City %2011 to 2016
Australian
1,63913.79.21,68515.39.8-46
Assyrian/Chaldean
1,63413.610.01,0189.27.8+616
English
1,38111.58.21,41512.88.4-34
Italian
1,1259.46.01,17610.76.8-51
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese1,0158.519.98227.516.6+193
Iraqi
6895.73.93723.42.7+317
Lebanese
6165.13.14764.32.9+140
map this data in atlas.idChinese5824.813.65244.813.3+58
Irish
3492.91.83563.21.9-7
Scottish
3102.61.43052.81.4+5
Maltese
2982.51.43673.31.7-69
Khmer (Cambodian)
2231.94.31791.63.7+44
Spanish
2101.71.52442.21.6-34
Croatian
1811.51.81751.62.1+6
German
1751.51.01691.51.0+6
Arab not further described
1721.41.11511.40.9+21
Chilean
1601.30.91181.11.0+42
Serbian
1461.22.21631.52.5-17
Greek
1421.20.81151.00.9+27
Filipino
1351.11.61081.01.6+27
Indian
1271.11.01051.00.9+22
Tongan
1241.00.71040.90.5+20
Syrian
1201.00.6540.50.4+66
Armenian
1171.00.5860.80.5+31
Samoan
1151.01.3990.90.9+16
Iranian
950.80.5130.10.3+82
Fijian
910.80.6650.60.5+26
Polish
870.70.6900.80.7-3
Turkish
800.70.7400.40.7+40
Uruguayan
710.60.4790.70.5-8
Afghan
660.50.2130.10.1+53
Dutch
610.50.2580.50.2+3
Peruvian
610.50.2450.40.2+16
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
540.40.4310.30.3+23
Portuguese
530.40.3400.40.3+13
Inadequately Described
500.40.5340.30.3+16
Macedonian
490.40.8630.60.9-14
Lao
450.41.2340.31.2+11
Indonesian
430.40.2310.30.2+12
Palestinian
430.40.2310.30.2+12
Argentinian
390.30.3390.40.30
Kurdish
370.30.1200.20.1+17
Other South American
340.30.4360.30.5-2
Thai
340.30.6210.20.4+13
New Zealander
330.30.3410.40.2-8
Jordanian
310.30.2100.10.2+21
Egyptian
310.30.3300.30.2+1
French
290.20.2350.30.2-6
Salvadoran
280.20.1350.30.1-7
Central and West African
260.20.240.00.1+22
Slovene
230.20.1270.20.2-4
Burmese peoples
220.20.3130.10.2+9
Hungarian
220.20.2370.30.2-15
Mauritian
200.20.1290.30.2-9
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Smithfield - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Fairfield City %Number%Fairfield City %2011 to 2016
Not stated7286.15.58737.97.4-145

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, Fairfield City: 9.2% Assyrian/Chaldean, Fairfield City: 10.0% English, Fairfield City: 8.2% Italian, Fairfield City: 6.0% Vietnamese, Fairfield City: 19.9% Iraqi, Fairfield City: 3.9% Lebanese, Fairfield City: 3.1% Chinese, Fairfield City: 13.6% Irish, Fairfield City: 1.8% Scottish, Fairfield City: 1.4% Australian, Smithfield: 13.7% Assyrian/Chaldean, Smithfield: 13.6% English, Smithfield: 11.5% Italian, Smithfield: 9.4% Vietnamese, Smithfield: 8.5% Iraqi, Smithfield: 5.7% Lebanese, Smithfield: 5.1% Chinese, Smithfield: 4.8% Irish, Smithfield: 2.9% Scottish, Smithfield: 2.6%
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, Smithfield: -46 Assyrian/Chaldean, Smithfield: +616 English, Smithfield: -34 Italian, Smithfield: -51 Vietnamese, Smithfield: +193 Iraqi, Smithfield: +317 Lebanese, Smithfield: +140 Chinese, Smithfield: +58 Irish, Smithfield: -7 Scottish, Smithfield: +5
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 Smithfield in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (1,639 people or 13.7%)
  • Assyrian/Chaldean (1,634 people or 13.6%)
  • English (1,381 people or 11.5%)
  • Italian (1,125 people or 9.4%)
  • Vietnamese (1,015 people or 8.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 6,794 responses in total, or 56.61% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (13.7% compared to 9.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Assyrian/Chaldean ancestry (13.6% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (8.5% compared to 19.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (4.8% 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 (+616 persons)
  • Iraqi (+317 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+193 persons)
  • Lebanese (+140 persons)

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