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National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)

Ancestry

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The three largest ancestries in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) 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 the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) 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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
English1,249,40532.425.81,039,86631.424.6+209,539
Australian1,220,55131.625.71,177,23235.529.5+43,319
Irish299,4197.88.3248,9077.57.9+50,512
Scottish279,2297.26.3226,6786.85.9+52,551
Italian171,2574.44.2151,3814.64.2+19,875
German140,3853.62.5122,5753.72.5+17,810
Indian108,5462.82.963,8101.92.2+44,736
Chinese94,9982.58.266,2442.07.1+28,755
Filipino81,0812.11.957,5561.71.6+23,525
Dutch65,0121.71.058,2491.81.0+6,763
Maltese56,7411.51.250,3741.51.3+6,367
Greek48,0251.22.643,5101.32.7+4,515
Maori44,4121.20.526,3270.80.6+18,085
New Zealander40,4691.00.831,3430.90.8+9,126
Lebanese39,3941.03.231,8601.03.1+7,533
Vietnamese32,2330.81.824,1530.71.6+8,080
Samoan30,9140.80.420,6520.60.4+10,262
Croatian30,7410.80.827,5110.80.8+3,230
Polish30,2650.80.827,7690.80.8+2,495
Sinhalese27,9150.70.519,0630.60.5+8,852
Macedonian26,2230.70.622,0240.70.5+4,200
Serbian25,9740.70.624,0820.70.7+1,892
Turkish25,8540.70.521,8250.70.5+4,029
South African25,1890.70.615,3640.50.5+9,824
Spanish21,8690.60.719,7120.60.7+2,157
Welsh21,2760.60.518,7850.60.5+2,491
Inadequately Described18,6030.50.411,2750.30.3+7,328
French17,2120.40.615,8650.50.6+1,347
Fijian16,0170.40.55,8760.20.2+10,141
Hungarian13,1700.30.412,1770.40.5+993
Egyptian11,8710.30.59,1670.30.4+2,704
Iraqi11,8470.30.35,9800.20.2+5,867
Portuguese11,6860.30.410,0790.30.4+1,607
Afghan11,6620.30.25,7030.20.2+5,960
Assyrian/Chaldean11,4260.30.58,8050.30.4+2,621
Pakistani10,8860.30.35,7710.20.2+5,115
Mauritian10,2760.30.27,8610.20.1+2,415
Russian10,1500.30.58,1710.20.5+1,979
Australian Aboriginal9,8640.30.28,3000.30.2+1,564
American9,6980.30.38,3410.30.3+1,357
Sudanese8,9890.20.14,2030.10.1+4,785
Burmese peoples8,8250.20.14,9720.20.1+3,853
Chilean8,8240.20.37,5080.20.3+1,316
Indonesian8,7320.20.45,6230.20.3+3,109
Other Indian subcontinent8,6200.20.23,2540.10.1+5,366
Khmer (Cambodian)8,4460.20.36,0990.20.2+2,346
Tongan8,4460.20.35,3880.20.2+3,058
Danish8,2920.20.27,6840.20.2+608
Arab not further described7,9530.20.34,9980.20.3+2,956
Korean7,6510.21.15,0710.20.9+2,580
Bengali7,5270.20.43,6040.10.3+3,923
Thai7,2950.20.44,3510.10.2+2,944
Romanian6,9850.20.15,6570.20.1+1,329
Cook Islander6,6310.20.13,7400.10.1+2,890
Malay6,6000.20.14,7060.10.1+1,894
Austrian6,0580.20.25,7720.20.2+286
Iranian6,0310.20.33,8360.10.2+2,194
Ukrainian6,0210.20.25,6430.20.2+377
Bosnian5,5920.10.14,7490.10.1+843
Anglo-Indian5,3720.10.04,4130.10.0+959
Other Southern and East African5,3200.10.11,4830.00.0+3,837
Tamil4,8540.10.21,8390.10.1+3,015
Central and West African4,8070.10.12,4040.10.1+2,403
Canadian4,8010.10.24,1390.10.2+662
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)4,6790.10.13,2030.10.1+1,476
Lao4,5100.10.13,9360.10.1+574
Swedish4,3350.10.23,7730.10.2+562
Finnish4,1980.10.13,8960.10.1+302
Japanese4,1330.10.32,6280.10.3+1,505
Cypriot3,9010.10.21,7860.10.1+2,115
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Not stated257,0076.77.0266,0278.09.1-9,020

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 Sydney: 25.8% Australian, Greater Sydney: 25.7% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.3% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.3% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Indian, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 8.2% Filipino, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Dutch, Greater Sydney: 1.0% English, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 32.4% Australian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 31.6% Irish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 7.8% Scottish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 7.2% Italian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 4.4% German, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.6% Indian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.8% Chinese, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.5% Filipino, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.1% Dutch, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 English, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +209,539 Australian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +43,319 Irish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +50,512 Scottish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +52,551 Italian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +19,875 German, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +17,810 Indian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +44,736 Chinese, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +28,755 Filipino, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +23,525 Dutch, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +6,763
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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (1,249,405 people or 32.4%)
  • Australian (1,220,551 people or 31.6%)
  • Irish (299,419 people or 7.8%)
  • Scottish (279,229 people or 7.2%)
  • Italian (171,257 people or 4.4%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 3,219,861 responses in total, or 83.46% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (32.4% compared to 25.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (31.6% compared to 25.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (2.5% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Lebanese ancestry (1.0% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+209,539 persons)
  • Scottish (+52,551 persons)
  • Irish (+50,512 persons)
  • Indian (+44,736 persons)

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