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The three largest ancestries in West Region 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 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.

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
West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
English
6,60433.741.56,18932.740.3+415
Australian
5,99230.633.36,10532.235.5-113
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,7238.810.01,5017.99.0+222
map this data in atlas.idScottish1,5157.710.21,4287.59.5+87
German
1,5107.78.11,3377.17.8+173
Chinese
1,1445.84.08934.72.8+251
Greek
1,1335.83.51,1436.03.6-10
Italian
9284.74.08384.43.9+90
Indian
4642.41.64742.51.4-10
Indonesian
2791.40.52171.10.4+62
Dutch
2761.41.72781.51.7-2
Lebanese
2161.10.72031.10.7+13
Vietnamese
2101.10.5340.20.1+176
Filipino
1881.00.51730.90.4+15
Polish
1871.01.21750.91.1+12
Sinhalese
1600.80.41070.60.3+53
Welsh
1210.60.81000.50.8+21
Iranian
1090.60.4780.40.2+31
Croatian
1030.50.51220.60.4-19
French
1010.50.61120.60.6-11
Serbian
880.40.3840.40.3+4
Inadequately Described
850.40.4460.20.2+39
Nepalese
840.40.2340.20.1+50
Pakistani
810.40.3460.20.1+35
Cypriot
810.40.3660.30.2+15
New Zealander
710.40.5970.50.5-26
Hungarian
700.40.4800.40.4-10
Korean
700.40.3750.40.3-5
Bengali
620.30.1810.40.2-19
Maltese
620.30.4910.50.4-29
Latvian
590.30.3970.50.4-38
Japanese
590.30.3800.40.2-21
Other Southern and East African
570.30.1460.20.1+11
Spanish
530.30.3520.30.3+1
Other Indian subcontinent
480.20.1360.20.1+12
Austrian
450.20.3540.30.3-9
Ukrainian
390.20.3620.30.3-23
Malay
350.20.2510.30.2-16
Khmer (Cambodian)
340.20.1470.20.1-13
Danish
330.20.3490.30.3-16
South African
320.20.4370.20.4-5
Syrian
310.20.1380.20.1-7
Other Arab peoples
260.10.0170.10.0+9
Arab not further described
250.10.1320.20.1-7
Timorese
240.10.0190.10.0+5
Lao
230.10.0370.20.1-14
Portuguese
220.10.1180.10.1+4
American
210.10.4390.20.3-18
Thai
200.10.1370.20.1-17
Papua New Guinean
190.10.1100.10.0+9
Macedonian
180.10.1170.10.1+1
Slovene
170.10.1130.10.1+4
Swiss
160.10.1280.10.1-12
Russian
160.10.4400.20.3-24
Egyptian
160.10.1160.10.00
Iraqi
150.10.070.00.0+8
Maori
140.10.1480.30.1-34
Other South-East Asian
130.10.0210.10.0-8
Bosnian
130.10.180.00.0+5
Canadian
130.10.2410.20.3-28
Central and West African
130.10.1120.10.0+1
Kurdish
120.10.0120.10.00
Singaporean
120.10.090.00.0+3
Punjabi
110.10.1160.10.1-5
Other North American
100.10.030.00.0+7
Lithuanian
100.10.2400.20.2-30
Colombian
100.10.060.00.0+4
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
Not stated8654.44.17874.23.6+78

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 Mitcham: 41.5% Australian, City of Mitcham: 33.3% Irish, City of Mitcham: 10.0% Scottish, City of Mitcham: 10.2% German, City of Mitcham: 8.1% Chinese, City of Mitcham: 4.0% Greek, City of Mitcham: 3.5% Italian, City of Mitcham: 4.0% Indian, City of Mitcham: 1.6% Indonesian, City of Mitcham: 0.5% English, West Region: 33.7% Australian, West Region: 30.6% Irish, West Region: 8.8% Scottish, West Region: 7.7% German, West Region: 7.7% Chinese, West Region: 5.8% Greek, West Region: 5.8% Italian, West Region: 4.7% Indian, West Region: 2.4% Indonesian, West Region: 1.4%
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 English, West Region: +415 Australian, West Region: -113 Irish, West Region: +222 Scottish, West Region: +87 German, West Region: +173 Chinese, West Region: +251 Greek, West Region: -10 Italian, West Region: +90 Indian, West Region: -10 Indonesian, West Region: +62
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 West Region in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (6,604 people or 33.7%)
  • Australian (5,992 people or 30.6%)
  • Irish (1,723 people or 8.8%)
  • Scottish (1,515 people or 7.7%)
  • German (1,510 people or 7.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 17,344 responses in total, or 88.63% 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 (5.8% compared to 3.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (33.7% compared to 41.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (30.6% compared to 33.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (7.7% compared to 10.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+415 persons)
  • Chinese (+251 persons)
  • Irish (+222 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+176 persons)

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