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The three largest ancestries in Pittwater Ward 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 Pittwater Ward 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 Pittwater Ward'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
Pittwater Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Northern Beaches Council area %Number%Northern Beaches Council area %2011 to 2016
English
21,40846.640.919,86844.539.7+1,540
Australian
15,61534.031.216,03535.933.1-420
map this data in atlas.idIrish6,29113.713.05,37112.011.6+920
map this data in atlas.idScottish5,53412.010.54,93211.09.8+602
German
1,9884.33.91,8654.23.7+123
Italian
1,5163.34.91,3833.14.5+133
Dutch
1,0092.21.99942.21.9+15
Chinese
5811.33.24771.12.7+104
New Zealander
5301.21.46011.31.5-71
Welsh
4911.11.04190.90.9+72
French
4761.01.33680.81.0+108
South African
4040.91.03980.91.0+6
Croatian
3670.80.83660.80.8+1
Greek
3330.71.03260.71.0+7
Serbian
3070.70.83170.70.8-10
Polish
3010.70.82800.60.6+21
American
2880.60.73720.80.7-84
Swedish
2360.50.52080.50.4+28
Russian
2240.50.51760.40.4+48
Danish
2150.50.42220.50.4-7
Austrian
1990.40.32050.50.3-6
Indian
1880.41.01770.40.8+11
Spanish
1690.40.71780.40.5-9
Hungarian
1630.40.41490.30.4+14
Swiss
1610.40.31690.40.3-8
Filipino
1350.30.91240.30.8+11
Maltese
1290.30.41430.30.3-14
Lebanese
1250.30.31020.20.3+23
Maori
1230.30.4950.20.4+28
Canadian
1150.30.41360.30.4-21
Czech
990.20.3890.20.3+10
Brazilian
990.20.6780.20.4+21
Vietnamese
950.20.3560.10.2+39
Japanese
820.20.6790.20.5+3
Inadequately Described
810.20.4910.20.2-10
Norwegian
790.20.2830.20.2-4
Finnish
650.10.2850.20.1-20
Indonesian
610.10.2330.10.2+28
Portuguese
560.10.4610.10.2-5
Iranian
550.10.3450.10.2+10
Chilean
530.10.2550.10.2-2
Armenian
480.10.7460.10.7+2
Thai
480.10.3640.10.3-16
Korean
470.10.4610.10.4-14
Turkish
410.10.1350.10.1+6
Slovak
360.10.2380.10.1-2
Fijian
360.10.1460.10.1-10
Argentinian
300.10.1470.10.1-17
Slovene
290.10.1250.10.1+4
Ukrainian
290.10.2550.10.1-26
Sinhalese
280.10.1430.10.1-15
Australian Aboriginal
270.10.1250.10.0+2
Cypriot
270.10.1330.10.1-6
Belgian
260.10.1410.10.1-15
Egyptian
260.10.1260.10.10
Latvian
260.10.1490.10.1-23
Lithuanian
250.10.1290.10.1-4
Nepalese
240.10.2100.00.1+14
Macedonian
220.00.1140.00.1+8
Other British
220.00.1290.10.1-7
Estonian
220.00.1450.10.1-23
Caribbean Islander
220.00.1180.00.1+4
Romanian
210.00.1210.00.10
Tongan
210.00.2290.10.2-8
Other South American
190.00.1190.00.10
Colombian
190.00.1330.10.1-14
Bengali
170.00.160.00.0+11
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
170.00.1190.00.1-2
Other Southern and East African
150.00.0180.00.1-3
Malay
140.00.1280.10.1-14
Mauritian
130.00.1190.00.1-6
Peruvian
130.00.1170.00.1-4
Samoan
130.00.190.00.1+4
Jewish
130.00.1120.00.1+1
Other Northern Asian
130.00.3250.10.1-12
Other North-Western European
110.00.1260.10.1-15
Mexican
100.00.1100.00.00
Other Eastern European
100.00.1160.00.1-6
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Pittwater Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Northern Beaches Council area %Number%Northern Beaches Council area %2011 to 2016
Not stated2,3155.05.52,3915.35.4-76

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, 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% German, Northern Beaches Council area: 3.9% Italian, Northern Beaches Council area: 4.9% Dutch, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.9% Chinese, Northern Beaches Council area: 3.2% New Zealander, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.4% Welsh, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.0% English, Pittwater Ward: 46.6% Australian, Pittwater Ward: 34.0% Irish, Pittwater Ward: 13.7% Scottish, Pittwater Ward: 12.0% German, Pittwater Ward: 4.3% Italian, Pittwater Ward: 3.3% Dutch, Pittwater Ward: 2.2% Chinese, Pittwater Ward: 1.3% New Zealander, Pittwater Ward: 1.2% Welsh, Pittwater Ward: 1.1%
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, Pittwater Ward: +1,540 Australian, Pittwater Ward: -420 Irish, Pittwater Ward: +920 Scottish, Pittwater Ward: +602 German, Pittwater Ward: +123 Italian, Pittwater Ward: +133 Dutch, Pittwater Ward: +15 Chinese, Pittwater Ward: +104 New Zealander, Pittwater Ward: -71 Welsh, Pittwater Ward: +72
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 Pittwater Ward in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (21,408 people or 46.6%)
  • Australian (15,615 people or 34.0%)
  • Irish (6,291 people or 13.7%)
  • Scottish (5,534 people or 12.0%)
  • German (1,988 people or 4.3%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 50,836 responses in total, or 110.68% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (46.6% compared to 40.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (34.0% compared to 31.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (1.3% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (3.3% compared to 4.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+1,540 persons)
  • Irish (+920 persons)
  • Scottish (+602 persons)
  • Australian (-420 persons)

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