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Ancestry

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The three largest ancestries in the Northern Beaches Council 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 Northern Beaches Council 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 Northern Beaches Council 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.

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
Northern Beaches Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
English
103,45040.925.394,44239.725.8+9,008
Australian
78,90531.223.578,74133.125.7+164
map this data in atlas.idIrish32,75013.08.627,60011.68.3+5,150
map this data in atlas.idScottish26,57910.56.423,3989.86.3+3,181
Italian
12,2864.94.210,6154.54.2+1,671
German
9,9853.92.58,7833.72.5+1,201
Chinese
8,0673.210.16,3922.78.2+1,675
Dutch
4,7821.90.94,5651.91.0+217
New Zealander
3,6321.40.83,5231.50.8+109
French
3,2531.30.72,4261.00.6+827
Greek
2,5911.02.42,4781.02.6+113
South African
2,5521.00.62,4121.00.6+140
Welsh
2,5051.00.52,1270.90.5+378
Indian
2,4471.04.01,8460.82.9+601
Filipino
2,2040.92.11,7910.81.9+413
Croatian
2,0160.80.81,8630.80.8+153
Serbian
1,9720.80.61,8050.80.6+167
Polish
1,8970.80.81,5120.60.8+385
Armenian
1,7240.70.31,6200.70.3+104
Spanish
1,7190.70.81,2530.50.7+466
American
1,6720.70.31,6420.70.3+30
Brazilian
1,5820.60.21,0070.40.1+575
Japanese
1,4560.60.41,2930.50.3+163
Swedish
1,2700.50.29790.40.2+291
Russian
1,2200.50.59330.40.5+287
Canadian
1,0760.40.21,0200.40.2+56
Korean
1,0400.41.31,0350.41.1+5
Danish
1,0290.40.29150.40.2+114
Hungarian
1,0180.40.48470.40.4+171
Maori
1,0070.40.51,0180.40.5-11
Inadequately Described
1,0030.40.65590.20.4+444
Portuguese
9920.40.55930.20.4+399
Maltese
9280.41.26770.31.2+251
Lebanese
8830.33.37220.33.2+160
Thai
8620.30.56620.30.4+199
Swiss
8430.30.17630.30.1+80
Austrian
8430.30.27880.30.2+55
Czech
8170.30.26420.30.2+175
Iranian
7380.30.54860.20.3+252
Other Northern Asian
6940.30.13190.10.0+375
Vietnamese
6480.32.24100.21.8+238
Nepalese
6210.20.72160.10.4+405
Indonesian
6030.20.55170.20.4+86
Tongan
5930.20.35830.20.3+10
Norwegian
5340.20.14540.20.1+80
Chilean
4910.20.33660.20.3+125
Ukrainian
4450.20.23340.10.2+111
Finnish
4090.20.13560.10.1+53
Slovak
3860.20.12400.10.1+146
Other South American
3620.10.22370.10.2+125
Fijian
3460.10.52720.10.5+74
Turkish
3380.10.52160.10.5+122
Peruvian
3340.10.12840.10.1+50
Sinhalese
3310.10.62730.10.5+58
Samoan
3190.10.52810.10.4+38
Belgian
3120.10.12740.10.0+38
Egyptian
2830.10.52560.10.5+27
Latvian
2650.10.12090.10.1+56
Colombian
2560.10.11770.10.1+79
Malay
2550.10.21800.10.1+75
Macedonian
2540.10.52130.10.6+41
Other British
2490.10.11470.10.0+102
Caribbean Islander
2420.10.02030.10.0+39
Argentinian
2380.10.11840.10.1+54
Cypriot
2120.10.21870.10.2+25
Estonian
2100.10.11790.10.1+31
Slovene
2070.10.11480.10.1+59
Romanian
2040.10.11660.10.1+38
Lithuanian
1910.10.11560.10.1+35
Australian Aboriginal
1790.10.2930.00.2+86
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
1720.10.21320.10.1+40
Other Eastern European
1660.10.11190.10.1+47
Mauritian
1620.10.21450.10.2+17
Other North-Western European
1580.10.01260.10.0+32
Jewish
1540.10.11370.10.2+17
Bosnian
1530.10.1770.00.1+76
Bengali
1490.10.6780.00.4+71
Other Polynesian
1360.10.11350.10.1+1
Punjabi
1290.10.1720.00.1+57
Mexican
1280.10.0970.00.0+31
Other Arab peoples
1280.10.11100.00.1+18
Other Indian subcontinent
1250.00.3710.00.2+54
Zimbabwean
1170.00.1880.00.0+29
Other Southern/South East European
1110.00.000.00.0+111
Other North American
1060.00.1930.00.0+13
Afghan
1040.00.3950.00.2+9
Other Southern and East African
1030.00.11600.10.1-57
Arab not further described
1020.00.4840.00.3+18
Bulgarian
960.00.0590.00.0+37
Pakistani
960.00.5750.00.3+21
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
880.00.1990.00.1-11
Cook Islander
860.00.1610.00.1+25
Central and West African
830.00.2610.00.1+22
Syrian
820.00.2600.00.2+22
Khmer (Cambodian)
790.00.3500.00.3+29
Taiwanese
780.00.1590.00.1+19
Singaporean
710.00.0260.00.0+45
Uruguayan
710.00.1660.00.1+5
Burmese peoples
700.00.1600.00.1+10
Afrikaner
690.00.0840.00.0-15
Papua New Guinean
580.00.0500.00.0+8
Native American (Indian)
560.00.0490.00.0+7
Palestinian
520.00.2640.00.1-12
Anglo-Indian
480.00.0290.00.0+19
Assyrian/Chaldean
450.00.6150.00.5+30
Kurdish
450.00.1350.00.1+10
Lao
420.00.2280.00.1+14
Iraqi
410.00.5280.00.3+13
Other Central American
400.00.0310.00.0+9
Australian South Sea Islander
360.00.0100.00.0+26
Albanian
340.00.0370.00.0-3
Other South-East Asian
320.00.0360.00.0-4
Seychellois
250.00.080.00.0+17
Ethiopian
190.00.090.00.0+10
Eritrean
190.00.0170.00.0+2
Other Central Asian
180.00.1190.00.1-1
Jordanian
180.00.1130.00.1+5
Timorese
180.00.0110.00.0+7
Salvadoran
110.00.0200.00.0-9
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Northern Beaches Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated13,8375.56.312,7855.47.0+1,052

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% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 10.1% Dutch, Greater Sydney: 0.9% New Zealander, Greater Sydney: 0.8% French, Greater Sydney: 0.7% English, Northern Beaches Council area: 40.9% Australian, Northern Beaches Council area: 31.2% Irish, Northern Beaches Council area: 13.0% Scottish, Northern Beaches Council area: 10.5% Italian, Northern Beaches Council area: 4.9% German, Northern Beaches Council area: 3.9% Chinese, Northern Beaches Council area: 3.2% Dutch, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.9% New Zealander, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.4% French, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.3%
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, Northern Beaches Council area: +9,008 Australian, Northern Beaches Council area: +164 Irish, Northern Beaches Council area: +5,150 Scottish, Northern Beaches Council area: +3,181 Italian, Northern Beaches Council area: +1,671 German, Northern Beaches Council area: +1,201 Chinese, Northern Beaches Council area: +1,675 Dutch, Northern Beaches Council area: +217 New Zealander, Northern Beaches Council area: +109 French, Northern Beaches Council area: +827
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 Northern Beaches Council area in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (103,450 people or 40.9%)
  • Australian (78,905 people or 31.2%)
  • Irish (32,750 people or 13.0%)
  • Scottish (26,579 people or 10.5%)
  • Italian (12,286 people or 4.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 253,970 responses in total, or 100.43% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the Northern Beaches Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (40.9% compared to 25.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (31.2% compared to 23.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (13.0% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (3.2% compared to 10.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+9,008 persons)
  • Irish (+5,150 persons)
  • Scottish (+3,181 persons)
  • Chinese (+1,675 persons)

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