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The three largest ancestries in Parkes Shire in 2011 were Australian, English 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 Parkes Shire 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 Parkes Shire'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
Parkes Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Australian6,92747.543.17,76254.447.8-835
English5,94440.740.45,27837.036.5+666
Irish1,75012.011.71,59511.210.5+155
Scottish1,2238.410.01,0607.48.6+163
German5373.74.25363.83.9+1
Italian1431.02.51350.92.4+8
Dutch1360.91.31651.21.3-29
Australian Aboriginal1140.80.6990.70.6+15
Chinese670.50.8500.40.7+17
New Zealander630.40.6490.30.6+14
Filipino610.40.4470.30.3+14
Welsh550.40.7570.40.6-2
Polish510.30.5460.30.5+5
French450.30.4470.30.4-2
Lebanese410.30.2420.30.2-1
Maltese370.30.4310.20.4+6
Inadequately Described270.20.2180.10.2+9
Spanish220.20.3240.20.3-2
Indian200.10.4150.10.3+5
American200.10.3280.20.2-8
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Parkes Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,2598.66.78566.07.2+403

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 Australian, Regional NSW: 43.1% English, Regional NSW: 40.4% Irish, Regional NSW: 11.7% Scottish, Regional NSW: 10.0% German, Regional NSW: 4.2% Italian, Regional NSW: 2.5% Dutch, Regional NSW: 1.3% Australian Aboriginal, Regional NSW: 0.6% Chinese, Regional NSW: 0.8% New Zealander, Regional NSW: 0.6% Australian, Parkes Shire: 47.5% English, Parkes Shire: 40.7% Irish, Parkes Shire: 12.0% Scottish, Parkes Shire: 8.4% German, Parkes Shire: 3.7% Italian, Parkes Shire: 1.0% Dutch, Parkes Shire: 0.9% Australian Aboriginal, Parkes Shire: 0.8% Chinese, Parkes Shire: 0.5% New Zealander, Parkes Shire: 0.4%
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 Australian, Parkes Shire: -835 English, Parkes Shire: +666 Irish, Parkes Shire: +155 Scottish, Parkes Shire: +163 German, Parkes Shire: +1 Italian, Parkes Shire: +8 Dutch, Parkes Shire: -29 Australian Aboriginal, Parkes Shire: +15 Chinese, Parkes Shire: +17 New Zealander, Parkes Shire: +14
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 Parkes Shire in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (6,927 people or 47.5%)
  • English (5,944 people or 40.7%)
  • Irish (1,750 people or 12.0%)
  • Scottish (1,223 people or 8.4%)
  • German (537 people or 3.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 16,381 responses in total, or 112.26% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Parkes Shire and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (47.5% compared to 43.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (8.4% compared to 10.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (1.0% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-835 persons)
  • English (+666 persons)
  • Scottish (+163 persons)
  • Irish (+155 persons)

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