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The three largest ancestries in Penrith City in 2016 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 Penrith City 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 Penrith City'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
Penrith City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Australian
70,04435.723.567,39937.825.7+2,645
English
65,25133.325.358,47532.825.8+6,776
map this data in atlas.idIrish19,2799.88.615,6858.88.3+3,594
map this data in atlas.idScottish14,5467.46.412,2936.96.3+2,253
Maltese
7,5833.91.26,8903.91.2+693
Italian
7,2023.74.26,3163.54.2+886
German
6,4723.32.55,5213.12.5+951
Indian
5,7923.04.03,3811.92.9+2,411
Filipino
5,4472.82.14,3502.41.9+1,097
Chinese
3,5931.810.12,2771.38.2+1,316
Dutch
2,8851.50.92,9811.71.0-96
Greek
2,4031.22.42,1511.22.6+252
Lebanese
2,3451.23.31,7651.03.2+580
Croatian
2,0511.00.81,9111.10.8+140
Polish
1,8711.00.81,7261.00.8+145
Samoan
1,8290.90.51,1880.70.4+641
Maori
1,8070.90.51,4350.80.5+372
New Zealander
1,7670.90.81,3490.80.8+418
Inadequately Described
1,3240.70.66870.40.4+637
Spanish
1,3030.70.81,0820.60.7+221
Fijian
1,1140.60.57610.40.5+353
Australian Aboriginal
1,0810.60.26200.30.2+461
Egyptian
1,0500.50.57840.40.5+266
Welsh
1,0030.50.59100.50.5+93
Sinhalese
9800.50.68120.50.5+168
Serbian
9480.50.69010.50.6+47
French
8830.50.77400.40.6+143
Hungarian
8630.40.47840.40.4+79
Turkish
8390.40.56980.40.5+141
Pakistani
7950.40.55680.30.3+227
Tongan
7730.40.34800.30.3+293
South African
7460.40.67280.40.6+18
Sudanese
6260.30.14250.20.1+201
Vietnamese
5960.32.23370.21.8+259
Russian
5900.30.54740.30.5+116
Thai
5000.30.52840.20.4+216
Nepalese
4870.20.72390.10.4+248
Portuguese
4780.20.53680.20.4+110
Other Indian subcontinent
4690.20.34060.20.2+63
Ukrainian
4550.20.23880.20.2+67
Iranian
4380.20.52620.10.3+176
Assyrian/Chaldean
4340.20.62790.20.5+155
Central and West African
4300.20.21590.10.1+271
Korean
4300.21.31960.11.1+234
Chilean
4290.20.33270.20.3+102
Austrian
4260.20.23880.20.2+38
Bengali
4050.20.61890.10.4+216
American
4040.20.33470.20.3+57
Indonesian
4040.20.52810.20.4+123
Other Polynesian
3970.20.12240.10.1+173
Mauritian
3890.20.23600.20.2+29
Afghan
3840.20.32330.10.2+151
Punjabi
3830.20.11280.10.1+255
Macedonian
3540.20.53030.20.6+51
Cook Islander
3460.20.12370.10.1+109
Danish
3300.20.22940.20.2+36
Arab not further described
3290.20.42410.10.3+88
Cypriot
2940.20.21650.10.2+129
Other South American
2900.10.22250.10.2+65
Iraqi
2850.10.51910.10.3+94
Canadian
2340.10.21810.10.2+53
Syrian
2320.10.21700.10.2+62
Armenian
2020.10.31380.10.3+64
Slovene
1990.10.11730.10.1+26
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
1980.10.11910.10.1+7
Czech
1980.10.22280.10.2-30
Malay
1900.10.21230.10.1+67
Uruguayan
1900.10.11760.10.1+14
Zimbabwean
1880.10.11140.10.0+74
Finnish
1820.10.11590.10.1+23
Bosnian
1810.10.11340.10.1+47
Swedish
1760.10.21530.10.2+23
Palestinian
1700.10.21410.10.1+29
Japanese
1680.10.41140.10.3+54
Peruvian
1660.10.11460.10.1+20
Khmer (Cambodian)
1630.10.31230.10.3+40
Anglo-Indian
1550.10.02100.10.0-55
Argentinian
1520.10.11200.10.1+32
Tamil
1490.10.21400.10.2+9
Romanian
1450.10.11100.10.1+35
Other Southern and East African
1370.10.1610.00.1+76
Norwegian
1340.10.11390.10.1-5
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
1330.10.2840.00.1+49
Latvian
1320.10.11450.10.1-13
Burmese peoples
1290.10.1640.00.1+65
Swiss
1270.10.11110.10.1+16
Other Central Asian
1230.10.1510.00.1+72
Other British
1150.10.1770.00.0+38
Lithuanian
1000.10.1930.10.1+7
Other Eastern European
1000.10.1520.00.1+48
Slovak
970.00.1770.00.1+20
Other North American
920.00.1690.00.0+23
Jordanian
920.00.1980.10.1-6
Colombian
900.00.1340.00.1+56
Salvadoran
830.00.0600.00.0+23
Belgian
790.00.1620.00.0+17
Kurdish
760.00.1410.00.1+35
Other North-Western European
680.00.0460.00.0+22
Caribbean Islander
670.00.0400.00.0+27
Timorese
630.00.0450.00.0+18
Papua New Guinean
580.00.0550.00.0+3
Brazilian
580.00.2520.00.1+6
Estonian
550.00.1430.00.1+12
Jewish
530.00.1260.00.2+27
Taiwanese
530.00.1290.00.1+24
Lao
510.00.2200.00.1+31
Albanian
500.00.0310.00.0+19
Other Arab peoples
450.00.1380.00.1+7
Native American (Indian)
440.00.0180.00.0+26
Mexican
350.00.0170.00.0+18
Bulgarian
310.00.0220.00.0+9
Singaporean
310.00.0140.00.0+17
Other Southern/South East European
300.00.000.00.0+30
Australian South Sea Islander
280.00.0110.00.0+17
Other South-East Asian
210.00.0290.00.0-8
Other Central American
190.00.0170.00.0+2
Torres Strait Islander
130.00.0110.00.0+2
Ethiopian
100.00.0110.00.0-1
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Penrith City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated12,7846.56.311,3236.37.0+1,461

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 Australian, Greater Sydney: 23.5% English, Greater Sydney: 25.3% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Maltese, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Indian, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Filipino, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 10.1% Australian, Penrith City: 35.7% English, Penrith City: 33.3% Irish, Penrith City: 9.8% Scottish, Penrith City: 7.4% Maltese, Penrith City: 3.9% Italian, Penrith City: 3.7% German, Penrith City: 3.3% Indian, Penrith City: 3.0% Filipino, Penrith City: 2.8% Chinese, Penrith City: 1.8%
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 Australian, Penrith City: +2,645 English, Penrith City: +6,776 Irish, Penrith City: +3,594 Scottish, Penrith City: +2,253 Maltese, Penrith City: +693 Italian, Penrith City: +886 German, Penrith City: +951 Indian, Penrith City: +2,411 Filipino, Penrith City: +1,097 Chinese, Penrith City: +1,316
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 Penrith City in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (70,044 people or 35.7%)
  • English (65,251 people or 33.3%)
  • Irish (19,279 people or 9.8%)
  • Scottish (14,546 people or 7.4%)
  • Maltese (7,583 people or 3.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 176,703 responses in total, or 90.13% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Penrith City and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (35.7% compared to 23.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (33.3% compared to 25.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (3.9% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (1.8% 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 (+6,776 persons)
  • Irish (+3,594 persons)
  • Australian (+2,645 persons)
  • Indian (+2,411 persons)

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