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Perth Metropolitan Area

Ancestry

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

The three largest ancestries in the Perth Metropolitan Area 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 the Perth Metropolitan Area 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 Perth Metropolitan Area'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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
English721,84237.237.2649,80637.637.6+72,036
Australian548,75128.228.3520,53330.130.1+28,219
Irish178,1369.29.2144,4888.48.3+33,648
Scottish167,3258.68.6143,1128.38.3+24,214
Italian103,7555.35.393,9545.45.4+9,802
Chinese99,2905.15.172,3804.24.2+26,910
Indian64,9313.33.337,9012.22.2+27,030
German55,2502.82.846,2622.72.7+8,988
Dutch37,3701.91.935,6022.12.1+1,769
Filipino28,4151.51.516,0300.90.9+12,386
New Zealander25,0901.31.321,1361.21.2+3,955
South African24,9911.31.321,9851.31.3+3,007
Maori20,8631.11.116,8281.01.0+4,035
Vietnamese20,7841.11.115,2990.90.9+5,486
Inadequately Described18,9691.01.011,4210.70.7+7,549
Welsh18,2750.90.915,3060.90.9+2,970
Polish17,4160.90.915,4570.90.9+1,959
Croatian16,8670.90.915,7720.90.9+1,096
Greek13,5470.70.712,3780.70.7+1,169
Burmese peoples13,4810.70.710,2860.60.6+3,196
French13,0630.70.79,7350.60.6+3,329
Portuguese10,2920.50.58,0850.50.5+2,208
Spanish9,8990.50.56,4820.40.4+3,417
Indonesian9,8240.50.57,2460.40.4+2,579
Malay9,6840.50.57,2380.40.4+2,446
Serbian9,5670.50.59,0540.50.5+513
Macedonian9,1920.50.58,6770.50.5+516
Sinhalese9,0860.50.56,1060.40.4+2,980
Korean7,7250.40.44,2570.20.2+3,469
Thai7,3900.40.45,1630.30.3+2,228
Iranian6,8440.40.44,1850.20.2+2,659
American6,5410.30.36,6840.40.4-143
Japanese6,3170.30.34,5720.30.3+1,746
Other Indian subcontinent6,2270.30.32,4040.10.1+3,824
Other Southern and East African5,7360.30.34,3990.30.3+1,337
Russian5,1900.30.33,9780.20.2+1,213
Afghan5,0070.30.33,0360.20.2+1,971
Pakistani4,9570.30.32,1510.10.1+2,806
Zimbabwean4,6180.20.23,2810.20.2+1,338
Australian Aboriginal4,5910.20.23,5420.20.2+1,049
Mauritian4,5900.20.23,9390.20.2+652
Danish4,4090.20.23,8150.20.2+594
Central and West African4,3790.20.22,3250.10.1+2,054
Hungarian4,3450.20.24,0010.20.2+344
Sudanese4,3090.20.23,5420.20.2+768
Canadian4,0100.20.24,0330.20.2-22
Maltese3,9110.20.23,6620.20.2+249
Anglo-Indian3,7180.20.24,2360.20.2-517
Arab not further described3,5940.20.22,7260.20.2+868
Swiss3,3420.20.23,0380.20.2+304
Punjabi3,2570.20.28540.00.0+2,403
Swedish3,1840.20.22,4180.10.1+766
Austrian3,1390.20.22,8860.20.2+253
Ukrainian3,1130.20.22,4310.10.1+682
Lebanese2,9260.20.12,6980.20.2+229
Somali2,8260.10.11,8310.10.1+995
Nepalese2,8160.10.19520.10.1+1,864
Iraqi2,7980.10.11,9950.10.1+803
Bengali2,7650.10.11,5050.10.1+1,260
Romanian2,7140.10.12,2290.10.1+485
Bosnian2,6020.10.12,1150.10.1+487
Egyptian2,5090.10.11,8810.10.1+629
Norwegian2,4980.10.12,2840.10.1+214
Brazilian2,4590.10.11,2700.10.1+1,189
Singaporean2,3800.10.11,7480.10.1+633
Samoan2,2830.10.11,3790.10.1+905
Other Central Asian2,2790.10.18530.00.0+1,426
Turkish2,2740.10.11,7010.10.1+574
Khmer (Cambodian)2,1020.10.11,4850.10.1+618
Tamil2,0140.10.11,0310.10.1+983
Ethiopian1,9750.10.11,2510.10.1+724
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
Not stated132,3646.86.8119,3436.96.9+13,021

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, Greater Perth: 37.2% Australian, Greater Perth: 28.3% Irish, Greater Perth: 9.2% Scottish, Greater Perth: 8.6% Italian, Greater Perth: 5.3% Chinese, Greater Perth: 5.1% Indian, Greater Perth: 3.3% German, Greater Perth: 2.8% Dutch, Greater Perth: 1.9% Filipino, Greater Perth: 1.5% English, Perth Metropolitan Area: 37.2% Australian, Perth Metropolitan Area: 28.2% Irish, Perth Metropolitan Area: 9.2% Scottish, Perth Metropolitan Area: 8.6% Italian, Perth Metropolitan Area: 5.3% Chinese, Perth Metropolitan Area: 5.1% Indian, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.3% German, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.8% Dutch, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.9% Filipino, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.5%
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, Perth Metropolitan Area: +72,036 Australian, Perth Metropolitan Area: +28,219 Irish, Perth Metropolitan Area: +33,648 Scottish, Perth Metropolitan Area: +24,214 Italian, Perth Metropolitan Area: +9,802 Chinese, Perth Metropolitan Area: +26,910 Indian, Perth Metropolitan Area: +27,030 German, Perth Metropolitan Area: +8,988 Dutch, Perth Metropolitan Area: +1,769 Filipino, Perth Metropolitan Area: +12,386
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 Perth Metropolitan Area in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (721,842 people or 37.2%)
  • Australian (548,751 people or 28.2%)
  • Irish (178,136 people or 9.2%)
  • Scottish (167,325 people or 8.6%)
  • Italian (103,755 people or 5.3%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 1,719,809 responses in total, or 88.53% of all responses.

There were no major differences between Perth Metropolitan Area and Greater Perth in 2016.

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+72,036 persons)
  • Irish (+33,648 persons)
  • Australian (+28,219 persons)
  • Indian (+27,030 persons)

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