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The three largest ancestries in Gannawarra Shire 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 Gannawarra Shire 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 Gannawarra Shire'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
Gannawarra Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Australian4,83545.940.04,75945.940.9+76
English4,58543.540.14,40042.539.9+185
Irish1,16411.013.01,13110.912.6+33
Scottish1,13510.811.31,09110.510.9+44
German4504.34.64304.14.6+20
Italian1981.93.71731.73.6+25
Dutch1291.22.21331.32.3-4
Filipino530.50.5380.40.4+15
Indian420.40.790.10.5+33
Greek400.40.6240.20.5+16
New Zealander340.30.5380.40.5-4
Inadequately Described300.30.4120.10.3+18
French290.30.4360.30.4-7
Australian Aboriginal270.30.290.10.2+18
Chinese270.31.0210.20.7+6
Maltese270.30.6370.40.5-10
Welsh260.20.5480.50.5-22
Polish200.20.6150.10.6+5
Serbian160.20.380.10.3+8
Swedish160.20.1140.10.1+2
Hungarian160.20.2100.10.2+6
Maori150.10.2120.10.2+3
Spanish140.10.3180.20.2-4
Austrian120.10.240.00.2+8
Danish110.10.260.10.2+5
Other Indian subcontinent110.10.100.00.0+11
South African110.10.2210.20.2-10
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Gannawarra Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Not stated7917.57.97457.26.6+46

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, Regional VIC: 40.0% English, Regional VIC: 40.1% Irish, Regional VIC: 13.0% Scottish, Regional VIC: 11.3% German, Regional VIC: 4.6% Italian, Regional VIC: 3.7% Dutch, Regional VIC: 2.2% Filipino, Regional VIC: 0.5% Indian, Regional VIC: 0.7% Greek, Regional VIC: 0.6% Australian, Gannawarra Shire: 45.9% English, Gannawarra Shire: 43.5% Irish, Gannawarra Shire: 11.0% Scottish, Gannawarra Shire: 10.8% German, Gannawarra Shire: 4.3% Italian, Gannawarra Shire: 1.9% Dutch, Gannawarra Shire: 1.2% Filipino, Gannawarra Shire: 0.5% Indian, Gannawarra Shire: 0.4% Greek, Gannawarra Shire: 0.4%
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 Australian, Gannawarra Shire: +76 English, Gannawarra Shire: +185 Irish, Gannawarra Shire: +33 Scottish, Gannawarra Shire: +44 German, Gannawarra Shire: +20 Italian, Gannawarra Shire: +25 Dutch, Gannawarra Shire: -4 Filipino, Gannawarra Shire: +15 Indian, Gannawarra Shire: +33 Greek, Gannawarra Shire: +16
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 Gannawarra Shire in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (4,835 people or 45.9%)
  • English (4,585 people or 43.5%)
  • Irish (1,164 people or 11.0%)
  • Scottish (1,135 people or 10.8%)
  • German (450 people or 4.3%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 12,169 responses in total, or 115.44% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Gannawarra Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (45.9% compared to 40.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (43.5% compared to 40.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (11.0% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (1.9% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+185 persons)
  • Australian (+76 persons)

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