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The three largest ancestries in Shire of Murray in 2011 were English, Australian and Scottish.

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 Shire of Murray 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 Shire of Murray'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
Shire of Murray - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
English6,57246.437.65,27744.137.3+1,295
Australian5,97442.230.15,19143.433.6+783
Scottish1,3199.38.31,0198.57.9+300
Irish1,1968.58.39497.98.0+247
German4183.02.73292.72.7+89
Italian4152.95.42922.45.7+123
Dutch2962.12.12422.02.1+54
New Zealander1250.91.21231.01.1+2
Welsh1050.70.9970.80.9+8
Maori780.61.0290.20.6+49
Chinese620.44.2550.53.6+7
Filipino520.40.9160.10.5+36
Polish520.40.9530.41.0-1
American480.30.4450.40.4+3
French470.30.6420.40.6+5
Croatian430.30.9320.31.0+11
South African400.31.3270.20.9+13
Danish380.30.2330.30.2+5
Indian370.32.2330.31.4+4
Inadequately Described320.20.7270.20.5+5
Australian Aboriginal320.20.2200.20.2+12
Thai320.20.330.00.2+29
Greek250.20.7200.20.8+5
Russian200.10.2110.10.2+9
Maltese200.10.2140.10.2+6
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Shire of Murray - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,1107.86.91,1029.28.2+8

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, Greater Perth: 37.6% Australian, Greater Perth: 30.1% Scottish, Greater Perth: 8.3% Irish, Greater Perth: 8.3% German, Greater Perth: 2.7% Italian, Greater Perth: 5.4% Dutch, Greater Perth: 2.1% New Zealander, Greater Perth: 1.2% Welsh, Greater Perth: 0.9% Maori, Greater Perth: 1.0% English, Shire of Murray: 46.4% Australian, Shire of Murray: 42.2% Scottish, Shire of Murray: 9.3% Irish, Shire of Murray: 8.5% German, Shire of Murray: 3.0% Italian, Shire of Murray: 2.9% Dutch, Shire of Murray: 2.1% New Zealander, Shire of Murray: 0.9% Welsh, Shire of Murray: 0.7% Maori, Shire of Murray: 0.6%
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, Shire of Murray: +1,295 Australian, Shire of Murray: +783 Scottish, Shire of Murray: +300 Irish, Shire of Murray: +247 German, Shire of Murray: +89 Italian, Shire of Murray: +123 Dutch, Shire of Murray: +54 New Zealander, Shire of Murray: +2 Welsh, Shire of Murray: +8 Maori, Shire of Murray: +49
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 Shire of Murray in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (6,572 people or 46.4%)
  • Australian (5,974 people or 42.2%)
  • Scottish (1,319 people or 9.3%)
  • Irish (1,196 people or 8.5%)
  • German (418 people or 3.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 15,479 responses in total, or 109.40% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Shire of Murray and Greater Perth were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (42.2% compared to 30.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (46.4% compared to 37.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (0.4% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (2.9% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+1,295 persons)
  • Australian (+783 persons)
  • Scottish (+300 persons)
  • Irish (+247 persons)

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