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The three largest ancestries in the Macarthur Region in 2011 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 the Macarthur Region 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 the Macarthur Region'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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Australian89,44236.425.792,82539.829.5-3,383
English78,20731.825.870,19330.124.6+8,014
Irish20,9158.58.318,5748.07.9+2,341
Scottish17,3487.16.314,8216.45.9+2,527
Italian8,8443.64.27,9453.44.2+899
German7,4303.02.56,8082.92.5+622
Indian6,0642.52.95,0432.22.2+1,021
Filipino5,4792.21.94,5231.91.6+956
Chinese4,3561.88.23,7951.67.1+561
Maltese4,2711.71.23,7821.61.3+489
Samoan3,7261.50.42,8351.20.4+891
Lebanese3,4651.43.23,1331.33.1+332
Dutch2,6301.11.02,5901.11.0+40
Greek2,5051.02.62,2641.02.7+241
Bengali2,3641.00.41,2810.50.3+1,083
Polish2,1420.90.81,9960.90.8+146
Croatian2,0150.80.81,8440.80.8+171
Spanish1,9980.80.71,8890.80.7+109
Maori1,8810.80.51,5600.70.6+321
New Zealander1,8230.70.81,7380.70.8+85
Fijian1,6650.70.57560.30.2+909
South African1,3780.60.61,1450.50.5+233
Serbian1,3550.60.61,2610.50.7+94
Chilean1,3180.50.31,1350.50.3+183
Lao1,2190.50.11,1510.50.1+68
French1,1640.50.61,1690.50.6-5
Welsh1,1370.50.51,1140.50.5+23
Tongan1,1150.50.38000.30.2+315
Vietnamese1,0740.41.89710.41.6+103
Hungarian9350.40.49170.40.5+18
Egyptian9040.40.58290.40.4+75
Inadequately Described8720.40.46560.30.3+216
Australian Aboriginal8410.30.26600.30.2+181
Russian8350.30.57880.30.5+47
Mauritian8000.30.27500.30.1+50
Pakistani7540.30.35310.20.2+223
Macedonian6790.30.65850.30.5+94
Sinhalese6680.30.55530.20.5+115
Khmer (Cambodian)6560.30.35480.20.2+108
Portuguese6110.20.45490.20.4+62
Thai5480.20.43880.20.2+160
American5360.20.35420.20.3-6
Cook Islander5340.20.14220.20.1+112
Indonesian5280.20.44440.20.3+84
Other Indian subcontinent5120.20.22340.10.1+278
Austrian5060.20.25550.20.2-49
Other South American4940.20.24570.20.2+37
Arab not further described4300.20.33300.10.3+100
Ukrainian4050.20.24710.20.2-66
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)4030.20.13240.10.1+79
Danish4030.20.24070.20.2-4
Iraqi3870.20.32900.10.2+97
Uruguayan3430.10.12550.10.1+88
Afghan3320.10.22720.10.2+60
Finnish3140.10.13320.10.1-18
Czech3030.10.22800.10.2+23
Argentinian3030.10.12460.10.1+57
Syrian2890.10.22480.10.1+41
Turkish2840.10.53030.10.5-19
Swedish2800.10.22320.10.2+48
Malay2780.10.12680.10.1+10
Canadian2770.10.22190.10.2+58
Assyrian/Chaldean2470.10.52330.10.4+14
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Not stated15,8366.47.018,2107.89.1-2,374

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2011
Ancestry, 2011 Australian, Greater Sydney: 25.7% English, Greater Sydney: 25.8% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.3% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.3% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Indian, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Filipino, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 8.2% Maltese, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Australian, Macarthur Region: 36.4% English, Macarthur Region: 31.8% Irish, Macarthur Region: 8.5% Scottish, Macarthur Region: 7.1% Italian, Macarthur Region: 3.6% German, Macarthur Region: 3.0% Indian, Macarthur Region: 2.5% Filipino, Macarthur Region: 2.2% Chinese, Macarthur Region: 1.8% Maltese, Macarthur Region: 1.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 Australian, Macarthur Region: -3,383 English, Macarthur Region: +8,014 Irish, Macarthur Region: +2,341 Scottish, Macarthur Region: +2,527 Italian, Macarthur Region: +899 German, Macarthur Region: +622 Indian, Macarthur Region: +1,021 Filipino, Macarthur Region: +956 Chinese, Macarthur Region: +561 Maltese, Macarthur Region: +489
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 Macarthur Region in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (89,442 people or 36.4%)
  • English (78,207 people or 31.8%)
  • Irish (20,915 people or 8.5%)
  • Scottish (17,348 people or 7.1%)
  • Italian (8,844 people or 3.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 214,756 responses in total, or 87.32% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (36.4% compared to 25.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (31.8% compared to 25.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (1.8% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Lebanese ancestry (1.4% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • English (+8,014 persons)
  • Australian (-3,383 persons)
  • Scottish (+2,527 persons)
  • Irish (+2,341 persons)

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