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The three largest ancestries in West Region in 2011 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 West 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 West 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
West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
English
6,18932.740.35,57230.237.5+617
Australian
6,10532.235.56,65536.040.3-550
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,5017.99.01,3597.48.2+142
map this data in atlas.idScottish1,4287.59.51,2696.98.2+159
German
1,3377.17.81,3047.17.3+33
Greek
1,1436.03.61,1846.43.7-41
Chinese
8934.72.86963.82.3+197
Italian
8384.43.98314.53.7+7
Indian
4742.51.42701.50.9+204
Dutch
2781.51.72961.61.8-18
Indonesian
2171.10.41801.00.4+37
Lebanese
2031.10.72251.20.7-22
Polish
1750.91.11911.01.1-16
Filipino
1730.90.41560.80.4+17
Croatian
1220.60.41060.60.4+16
French
1120.60.61080.60.6+4
Sinhalese
1070.60.3830.40.2+24
Welsh
1000.50.81200.60.8-20
New Zealander
970.50.5800.40.5+17
Latvian
970.50.4730.40.4+24
Maltese
910.50.4950.50.4-4
Serbian
840.40.3790.40.3+5
Bengali
810.40.2290.20.1+52
Japanese
800.40.2760.40.2+4
Hungarian
800.40.4710.40.4+9
Iranian
780.40.2800.40.2-2
Korean
750.40.3410.20.2+34
Cypriot
660.30.2500.30.1+16
Ukrainian
620.30.3620.30.40
Austrian
540.30.3600.30.3-6
Spanish
520.30.3510.30.2+1
Malay
510.30.2210.10.1+30
Danish
490.30.3390.20.3+10
Maori
480.30.1350.20.1+13
Khmer (Cambodian)
470.20.1390.20.1+8
Inadequately Described
460.20.2480.30.2-2
Other Southern and East African
460.20.1360.20.1+10
Pakistani
460.20.1350.20.1+11
Australian Aboriginal
440.20.1160.10.1+28
Canadian
410.20.3450.20.2-4
Lithuanian
400.20.2420.20.2-2
Russian
400.20.3740.40.3-34
American
390.20.3450.20.3-6
Syrian
380.20.1200.10.0+18
Thai
370.20.1350.20.1+2
South African
370.20.4400.20.4-3
Lao
370.20.1190.10.0+18
Other Indian subcontinent
360.20.1170.10.1+19
Nepalese
340.20.1170.10.0+17
Vietnamese
340.20.1290.20.1+5
Arab not further described
320.20.160.00.0+26
Czech
280.10.1140.10.1+14
Swiss
280.10.1280.20.10
Norwegian
240.10.1230.10.2+1
Swedish
230.10.2230.10.20
Romanian
220.10.1320.20.1-10
Fijian
220.10.060.00.0+16
Other South-East Asian
210.10.0130.10.0+8
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2006 to 2011
Not stated7874.23.69895.44.4-202

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 English, City of Mitcham: 40.3% Australian, City of Mitcham: 35.5% Irish, City of Mitcham: 9.0% Scottish, City of Mitcham: 9.5% German, City of Mitcham: 7.8% Greek, City of Mitcham: 3.6% Chinese, City of Mitcham: 2.8% Italian, City of Mitcham: 3.9% Indian, City of Mitcham: 1.4% Dutch, City of Mitcham: 1.7% English, West Region: 32.7% Australian, West Region: 32.2% Irish, West Region: 7.9% Scottish, West Region: 7.5% German, West Region: 7.1% Greek, West Region: 6.0% Chinese, West Region: 4.7% Italian, West Region: 4.4% Indian, West Region: 2.5% Dutch, West Region: 1.5%
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 English, West Region: +617 Australian, West Region: -550 Irish, West Region: +142 Scottish, West Region: +159 German, West Region: +33 Greek, West Region: -41 Chinese, West Region: +197 Italian, West Region: +7 Indian, West Region: +204 Dutch, West Region: -18
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 West Region in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (6,189 people or 32.7%)
  • Australian (6,105 people or 32.2%)
  • Irish (1,501 people or 7.9%)
  • Scottish (1,428 people or 7.5%)
  • German (1,337 people or 7.1%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 16,560 responses in total, or 87.42% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in West Region and the City of Mitcham were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (6.0% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (32.7% compared to 40.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (32.2% compared to 35.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (7.5% compared to 9.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+617 persons)
  • Australian (-550 persons)
  • Indian (+204 persons)
  • Chinese (+197 persons)

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