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The three largest ancestries in the Macarthur Region 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 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.

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
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Australian96,09333.923.589,44236.425.7+6,651
English87,95931.025.378,20731.825.8+9,752
Irish25,1908.98.620,9158.58.3+4,275
Scottish20,5107.26.417,3487.16.3+3,162
Italian11,8654.24.28,8443.64.2+3,021
Indian10,3713.74.06,0642.52.9+4,307
German8,7363.12.57,4303.02.5+1,306
Chinese6,8872.410.14,3561.88.2+2,531
Filipino6,7802.42.15,4792.21.9+1,301
Maltese5,2791.91.24,2711.71.2+1,008
Samoan5,0091.80.53,7261.50.4+1,283
Lebanese4,9441.73.33,4651.43.2+1,479
Bengali4,5711.60.62,3641.00.4+2,207
Greek3,1681.12.42,5051.02.6+663
Dutch2,8671.00.92,6301.11.0+237
Spanish2,5790.90.81,9980.80.7+581
Fijian2,5700.90.51,6650.70.5+905
Croatian2,4630.90.82,0150.80.8+448
Polish2,4200.90.82,1420.90.8+278
New Zealander2,3860.80.81,8230.70.8+563
Maori2,2030.80.51,8810.80.5+322
Inadequately Described1,8730.70.68720.40.4+1,001
Serbian1,8300.60.61,3550.60.6+475
Vietnamese1,8290.62.21,0740.41.8+755
Pakistani1,6040.60.57540.30.3+850
Chilean1,5900.60.31,3180.50.3+272
South African1,4870.50.61,3780.60.6+109
Nepalese1,4610.50.71980.10.4+1,263
Australian Aboriginal1,4530.50.28410.30.2+612
French1,4460.50.71,1640.50.6+282
Lao1,4440.50.21,2190.50.1+225
Tongan1,4240.50.31,1150.50.3+309
Welsh1,3680.50.51,1370.50.5+231
Egyptian1,3390.50.59040.40.5+435
Hungarian1,0170.40.49350.40.4+82
Portuguese9980.40.56110.20.4+387
Russian9930.30.58350.30.5+158
Iraqi9920.30.53870.20.3+605
Khmer (Cambodian)9870.30.36560.30.3+331
Macedonian9320.30.56790.30.6+253
Mauritian9290.30.28000.30.2+129
Sinhalese9270.30.66680.30.5+259
Thai9190.30.55480.20.4+371
Indonesian7840.30.55280.20.4+256
Arab not further described7820.30.44300.20.3+352
Other Indian subcontinent7810.30.35120.20.2+269
Cook Islander7280.30.15340.20.1+194
Other South American7180.30.24940.20.2+224
Assyrian/Chaldean6980.20.62470.10.5+451
Turkish6060.20.52840.10.5+322
American6050.20.35360.20.3+69
Austrian5820.20.25060.20.2+76
Afghan5370.20.33320.10.2+205
Uruguayan5310.20.13430.10.1+188
Ukrainian5070.20.24050.20.2+102
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)5020.20.14030.20.1+99
Danish4760.20.24030.20.2+73
Argentinian4410.20.13030.10.1+138
Malay4400.20.22780.10.1+162
Palestinian4360.20.22420.10.1+194
Syrian4320.20.22890.10.2+143
Bosnian4110.10.12160.10.1+195
Central and West African4100.10.21810.10.1+229
Peruvian3810.10.12070.10.1+174
Finnish3570.10.13140.10.1+43
Iranian3530.10.52070.10.3+146
Korean3530.11.31900.11.1+163
Swedish3420.10.22800.10.2+62
Other Polynesian3310.10.11760.10.1+155
Czech3300.10.23030.10.2+27
Zimbabwean3220.10.11270.10.0+195
Punjabi3180.10.11550.10.1+163
Canadian3110.10.22770.10.2+34
Cypriot2860.10.21720.10.2+114
Romanian2790.10.12340.10.1+45
Slovene2680.10.12350.10.1+33
Japanese2630.10.42080.10.3+55
Other Middle-Eastern peoples2610.10.21450.10.1+116
Sudanese2320.10.11220.00.1+110
Norwegian2140.10.11750.10.1+39
Other North American2100.10.11350.10.0+75
Other Southern and East African2100.10.11750.10.1+35
Salvadoran1990.10.01570.10.0+42
Swiss1920.10.11610.10.1+31
Estonian1890.10.12100.10.1-21
Jordanian1830.10.11020.00.1+81
Timorese1820.10.01270.10.0+55
Latvian1660.10.11550.10.1+11
Other British1510.10.11200.00.0+31
Colombian1500.10.1810.00.1+69
Tamil1490.10.21440.10.2+5
Anglo-Indian1460.10.01610.10.0-15
Burmese peoples1440.10.1710.00.1+73
Armenian1410.00.31110.00.3+30
Slovak1410.00.11060.00.1+35
Other Arab peoples1270.00.1540.00.1+73
Papua New Guinean1240.00.0800.00.0+44
Brazilian1220.00.2670.00.1+55
Other Eastern European1210.00.1990.00.1+22
Lithuanian1160.00.11060.00.1+10
Other Central American1140.00.0880.00.0+26
Jewish920.00.1430.00.2+49
Other Central Asian900.00.1390.00.1+51
Belgian880.00.1630.00.0+25
Other North-Western European860.00.0700.00.0+16
Taiwanese860.00.1400.00.1+46
Other South-East Asian830.00.0420.00.0+41
Caribbean Islander780.00.0730.00.0+5
Australian South Sea Islander720.00.0400.00.0+32
Other Southern/South East European640.00.000.00.0+64
Ethiopian630.00.0470.00.0+16
Kurdish580.00.1280.00.1+30
Bulgarian560.00.0340.00.0+22
Native American (Indian)540.00.0410.00.0+13
Mexican490.00.0180.00.0+31
Singaporean480.00.0230.00.0+25
Albanian420.00.0410.00.0+1
Eritrean380.00.0360.00.0+2
Seychellois380.00.0260.00.0+12
Other Northern Asian350.00.170.00.0+28
Somali260.00.0130.00.0+13
Torres Strait Islander260.00.0200.00.0+6
Afrikaner140.00.0190.00.0-5
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated16,7265.96.315,8366.47.0+890

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, Greater Sydney: 23.5% English, Greater Sydney: 25.3% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% Indian, Greater Sydney: 4.0% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 10.1% Filipino, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Maltese, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Australian, Macarthur Region: 33.9% English, Macarthur Region: 31.0% Irish, Macarthur Region: 8.9% Scottish, Macarthur Region: 7.2% Italian, Macarthur Region: 4.2% Indian, Macarthur Region: 3.7% German, Macarthur Region: 3.1% Chinese, Macarthur Region: 2.4% Filipino, Macarthur Region: 2.4% Maltese, Macarthur Region: 1.9%
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, Macarthur Region: +6,651 English, Macarthur Region: +9,752 Irish, Macarthur Region: +4,275 Scottish, Macarthur Region: +3,162 Italian, Macarthur Region: +3,021 Indian, Macarthur Region: +4,307 German, Macarthur Region: +1,306 Chinese, Macarthur Region: +2,531 Filipino, Macarthur Region: +1,301 Maltese, Macarthur Region: +1,008
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 Macarthur Region in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (96,093 people or 33.9%)
  • English (87,959 people or 31.0%)
  • Irish (25,190 people or 8.9%)
  • Scottish (20,510 people or 7.2%)
  • Italian (11,865 people or 4.2%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 241,617 responses in total, or 85.15% 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 (33.9% compared to 23.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (31.0% compared to 25.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (2.4% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Lebanese ancestry (1.7% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+9,752 persons)
  • Australian (+6,651 persons)
  • Indian (+4,307 persons)
  • Irish (+4,275 persons)

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