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Ancestry

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The three largest ancestries in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) 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 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)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
English1,427,80931.725.31,256,57232.325.8+171,236
Australian1,319,40929.323.51,227,69531.625.7+91,714
Irish370,4648.28.6301,6607.88.3+68,803
Scottish335,4117.46.4281,1427.26.3+54,268
Indian206,8274.64.0109,4872.82.9+97,340
Italian195,6484.34.2172,2244.44.2+23,423
German163,9573.62.5141,0543.62.5+22,902
Chinese148,4173.310.1100,9932.68.2+47,424
Filipino111,2202.52.181,3812.11.9+29,839
Dutch67,2441.50.965,3711.71.0+1,873
Maltese62,1051.41.256,9071.51.2+5,197
Greek55,0531.22.448,4821.22.6+6,571
Maori54,6111.20.544,3861.10.5+10,224
New Zealander51,3321.10.840,6751.00.8+10,657
Lebanese50,6851.13.340,4701.03.2+10,215
Vietnamese45,4291.02.232,4560.81.8+12,972
Samoan44,2971.00.530,9860.80.4+13,311
Sinhalese42,7630.90.628,2790.70.5+14,484
Inadequately Described37,6870.80.618,7200.50.4+18,966
Polish33,5020.70.830,5140.80.8+2,987
Croatian33,2770.70.830,8340.80.8+2,442
South African30,1570.70.625,2940.70.6+4,863
Serbian29,3240.70.626,1010.70.6+3,222
Spanish29,1500.60.822,0130.60.7+7,137
Macedonian29,0210.60.526,2520.70.6+2,769
Turkish28,9500.60.525,9840.70.5+2,966
Welsh25,5080.60.521,5060.60.5+4,002
French22,4170.50.717,3550.40.6+5,062
Pakistani22,3230.50.510,9280.30.3+11,394
Afghan22,1020.50.311,7420.30.2+10,359
Fijian22,0340.50.516,0880.40.5+5,946
Iraqi20,0140.40.511,8570.30.3+8,156
Assyrian/Chaldean19,9140.40.611,4480.30.5+8,465
Other Indian subcontinent19,7680.40.38,6640.20.2+11,104
Egyptian16,5120.40.511,9940.30.5+4,518
Burmese peoples16,4060.40.18,8540.20.1+7,552
Sudanese16,2420.40.19,0020.20.1+7,240
Portuguese15,9980.40.511,7220.30.4+4,276
Bengali15,0540.30.67,5550.20.4+7,499
Punjabi14,4630.30.13,7680.10.1+10,695
Hungarian14,4510.30.413,2980.30.4+1,152
Australian Aboriginal14,1980.30.29,9150.30.2+4,283
Indonesian13,7360.30.58,8300.20.4+4,906
Korean13,2180.31.38,8710.21.1+4,346
Russian12,7330.30.510,3020.30.5+2,431
Arab not further described12,6690.30.48,0030.20.3+4,666
Tongan12,4790.30.38,5340.20.3+3,944
Khmer (Cambodian)12,3610.30.38,4570.20.3+3,904
Iranian12,1070.30.56,2030.20.3+5,903
Thai12,0330.30.57,3720.20.4+4,661
Mauritian11,9970.30.210,3280.30.2+1,669
Central and West African11,1790.20.24,8170.10.1+6,362
American10,7260.20.39,7970.30.3+929
Chilean10,5140.20.38,8860.20.3+1,627
Cook Islander10,1410.20.16,6060.20.1+3,535
Malay10,1180.20.26,6680.20.1+3,450
Danish9,5310.20.28,3070.20.2+1,224
Nepalese8,7400.20.72,2750.10.4+6,465
Other Southern and East African8,6680.20.15,3390.10.1+3,329
Romanian8,4420.20.17,0480.20.1+1,394
Tamil8,2020.20.25,0130.10.2+3,189
Other Central Asian7,8020.20.12,6590.10.1+5,143
Ukrainian7,3810.20.26,0930.20.2+1,288
Bosnian7,1950.20.15,6180.10.1+1,576
Austrian6,6620.10.26,0670.20.2+594
Japanese6,1410.10.44,2180.10.3+1,923
Zimbabwean6,0780.10.13,2010.10.0+2,876
Syrian5,9690.10.23,5430.10.2+2,426
Other Polynesian5,7130.10.13,1950.10.1+2,518
Cypriot5,5470.10.23,9380.10.2+1,609
Lao5,4990.10.24,5290.10.1+970
Canadian5,4330.10.24,8260.10.2+606
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)5,4240.10.14,7270.10.1+697
Swedish5,4090.10.24,3840.10.2+1,025
Anglo-Indian5,0320.10.05,3880.10.0-356
Other Middle-Eastern peoples4,9460.10.22,7960.10.1+2,150
Ethiopian4,7550.10.02,6130.10.0+2,142
Albanian4,6450.10.03,4300.10.0+1,215
Other South American4,5900.10.23,6480.10.2+942
Finnish4,5250.10.14,2040.10.1+321
Somali4,2060.10.02,1680.10.0+2,038
Papua New Guinean4,1430.10.03,2520.10.0+891
Palestinian4,0890.10.22,8260.10.1+1,263
Swiss4,0680.10.13,6260.10.1+442
Kurdish4,0660.10.12,6260.10.1+1,440
Salvadoran3,9980.10.03,2740.10.0+724
Timorese3,8800.10.02,7820.10.0+1,098
Norwegian3,6720.10.13,1330.10.1+538
Czech3,5560.10.23,3010.10.2+255
Slovene3,2580.10.12,9820.10.1+276
Argentinian3,0500.10.12,4960.10.1+554
Armenian3,0500.10.32,3560.10.3+694
Other North American2,6980.10.11,8450.00.0+853
Uruguayan2,6760.10.12,2170.10.1+459
Peruvian2,6350.10.12,0160.10.1+619
Other British2,5860.10.11,7550.00.0+830
Latvian2,5630.10.12,5060.10.1+57
Other Arab peoples2,4930.10.11,2200.00.1+1,273
Slovak2,4540.10.12,3460.10.1+108
Brazilian2,3850.10.21,3910.00.1+994
Colombian2,2200.00.11,2050.00.1+1,015
Taiwanese2,1750.00.19120.00.1+1,263
Singaporean2,1000.00.01,3710.00.0+729
Hmong1,9260.00.01,6310.00.0+295
Caribbean Islander1,8950.00.01,5290.00.0+366
Eritrean1,8630.00.01,0140.00.0+849
Other South-East Asian1,8390.00.01,1410.00.0+697
Belgian1,8190.00.11,5320.00.0+287
Lithuanian1,6440.00.11,4780.00.1+166
Jordanian1,6190.00.11,1930.00.1+426
Other North-Western European1,6010.00.01,1320.00.0+469
Other Eastern European1,5620.00.11,0080.00.1+554
Other Southern/South East European1,5060.00.000.00.0+1,506
Australian South Sea Islander1,4980.00.05160.00.0+982
Afrikaner1,2650.00.01,2650.00.00
Jewish1,2260.00.18250.00.2+401
Estonian1,1850.00.11,0950.00.1+90
Bulgarian1,0830.00.07880.00.0+295
Seychellois1,0450.00.09970.00.0+48
Mexican1,0120.00.06750.00.0+336
Native American (Indian)9060.00.05200.00.0+386
Other Central American8430.00.06450.00.0+198
Torres Strait Islander7850.00.06650.00.0+120
Other Northern Asian4500.00.11490.00.0+301
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated291,3256.56.3258,3186.67.0+33,007

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 Sydney: 25.3% Australian, Greater Sydney: 23.5% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Indian, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 10.1% Filipino, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Dutch, Greater Sydney: 0.9% English, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 31.7% Australian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 29.3% Irish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 8.2% Scottish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 7.4% Indian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 4.6% Italian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 4.3% German, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.6% Chinese, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.3% Filipino, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.5% Dutch, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 English, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +171,236 Australian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +91,714 Irish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +68,803 Scottish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +54,268 Indian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +97,340 Italian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +23,423 German, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +22,902 Chinese, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +47,424 Filipino, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +29,839 Dutch, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +1,873
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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (1,427,809 people or 31.7%)
  • Australian (1,319,409 people or 29.3%)
  • Irish (370,464 people or 8.2%)
  • Scottish (335,411 people or 7.4%)
  • Indian (206,827 people or 4.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 3,659,920 responses in total, or 81.23% 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 (31.7% compared to 25.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (29.3% compared to 23.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (3.3% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Lebanese ancestry (1.1% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+171,236 persons)
  • Indian (+97,340 persons)
  • Australian (+91,714 persons)
  • Irish (+68,803 persons)

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