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The three largest ancestries in Cheltenham in 2016 were English, Australian 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 Cheltenham 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 Cheltenham'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
Cheltenham - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Kingston %Number%City of Kingston %2011 to 2016
English
5,84031.130.75,41131.329.6+429
Australian
5,29028.226.85,23130.228.4+59
map this data in atlas.idIrish2,07611.110.91,95311.39.9+123
map this data in atlas.idScottish1,6939.08.51,5318.87.9+162
Greek
1,3517.25.91,2247.15.9+127
Chinese
1,0795.76.25283.04.9+551
Italian
1,0335.55.48805.15.2+153
German
6403.43.25673.33.1+73
Indian
6333.44.04652.73.5+168
Russian
3351.81.22471.41.0+88
Dutch
2751.51.52521.51.5+23
Polish
1981.11.11981.11.00
Sinhalese
1901.01.31701.01.3+20
Turkish
1821.00.62011.20.7-19
Filipino
1720.91.21180.71.0+54
New Zealander
1630.90.81500.90.8+13
Ukrainian
1270.70.4870.50.3+40
South African
1150.60.61380.80.6-23
Croatian
1150.60.71520.90.7-37
French
1140.60.81120.60.6+2
Serbian
1100.60.61070.60.5+3
Maltese
1060.60.61000.60.6+6
Spanish
980.50.5780.50.4+20
Japanese
930.50.3700.40.3+23
Vietnamese
890.51.2460.31.0+43
Welsh
880.50.6720.40.5+16
Inadequately Described
820.40.6500.30.3+32
Jewish
680.40.3630.40.3+5
Lebanese
650.30.5600.30.5+5
Hungarian
610.30.5990.60.5-38
Thai
560.30.3220.10.2+34
American
480.30.3630.40.3-15
Cypriot
450.20.3450.30.30
Mauritian
450.20.5470.30.5-2
Punjabi
440.20.260.00.1+38
Danish
440.20.2600.30.2-16
Canadian
400.20.2410.20.2-1
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
400.20.2330.20.1+7
Nepalese
390.20.1140.10.0+25
Romanian
370.20.2310.20.1+6
Bosnian
370.20.1250.10.1+12
Austrian
340.20.2560.30.2-22
Egyptian
340.20.3340.20.30
Korean
340.20.3360.20.2-2
Maori
330.20.3510.30.4-18
Czech
330.20.2330.20.20
Other Indian subcontinent
320.20.3340.20.2-2
Portuguese
320.20.3230.10.2+9
Swiss
320.20.2360.20.1-4
Fijian
280.10.2300.20.2-2
Khmer (Cambodian)
280.10.890.10.7+19
Indonesian
280.10.2250.10.2+3
Pakistani
260.10.2170.10.1+9
Other Eastern European
260.10.1140.10.1+12
Australian Aboriginal
250.10.190.10.0+16
Chilean
240.10.2270.20.2-3
Malay
220.10.2180.10.2+4
Other Central Asian
210.10.190.10.0+12
Iranian
210.10.170.00.1+14
Lithuanian
200.10.1270.20.1-7
Macedonian
200.10.2200.10.20
Colombian
190.10.130.00.1+16
Anglo-Indian
180.10.3270.20.3-9
Slovene
180.10.1180.10.10
Zimbabwean
170.10.0200.10.0-3
Armenian
170.10.2210.10.1-4
Argentinian
160.10.1340.20.1-18
Finnish
160.10.1300.20.1-14
Other Southern/South East European
150.10.100.00.0+15
Tamil
130.10.2220.10.2-9
Other South American
130.10.1140.10.1-1
Bengali
130.10.1160.10.1-3
Norwegian
120.10.1190.10.1-7
Latvian
120.10.1260.20.1-14
Slovak
120.10.130.00.0+9
Samoan
100.10.1290.20.1-19
Other Arab peoples
100.10.1100.10.00
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Cheltenham - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Kingston %Number%City of Kingston %2011 to 2016
Not stated9054.85.58544.95.7+51

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 English, City of Kingston: 30.7% Australian, City of Kingston: 26.8% Irish, City of Kingston: 10.9% Scottish, City of Kingston: 8.5% Greek, City of Kingston: 5.9% Chinese, City of Kingston: 6.2% Italian, City of Kingston: 5.4% German, City of Kingston: 3.2% Indian, City of Kingston: 4.0% Russian, City of Kingston: 1.2% English, Cheltenham: 31.1% Australian, Cheltenham: 28.2% Irish, Cheltenham: 11.1% Scottish, Cheltenham: 9.0% Greek, Cheltenham: 7.2% Chinese, Cheltenham: 5.7% Italian, Cheltenham: 5.5% German, Cheltenham: 3.4% Indian, Cheltenham: 3.4% Russian, Cheltenham: 1.8%
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 English, Cheltenham: +429 Australian, Cheltenham: +59 Irish, Cheltenham: +123 Scottish, Cheltenham: +162 Greek, Cheltenham: +127 Chinese, Cheltenham: +551 Italian, Cheltenham: +153 German, Cheltenham: +73 Indian, Cheltenham: +168 Russian, Cheltenham: +88
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 Cheltenham in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (5,840 people or 31.1%)
  • Australian (5,290 people or 28.2%)
  • Irish (2,076 people or 11.1%)
  • Scottish (1,693 people or 9.0%)
  • Greek (1,351 people or 7.2%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 16,250 responses in total, or 86.53% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (28.2% compared to 26.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (7.2% compared to 5.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+551 persons)
  • English (+429 persons)
  • Indian (+168 persons)
  • Scottish (+162 persons)

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