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The three largest ancestries in Penrith 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 Penrith 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'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 - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Penrith City %Number%Penrith City %2011 to 2016
English
4,60734.833.34,16435.332.8+443
Australian
4,41033.335.74,23235.937.8+178
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,55911.89.81,1729.98.8+387
map this data in atlas.idScottish1,1538.77.49107.76.9+243
German
4433.33.33943.33.1+49
Chinese
4103.11.82482.11.3+162
Indian
3772.83.01951.71.9+182
Italian
3262.53.73142.73.5+12
Filipino
2922.22.81931.62.4+99
Maltese
2141.63.91751.53.9+39
Dutch
2091.61.52101.81.7-1
Polish
1411.11.01151.01.0+26
New Zealander
1301.00.91010.90.8+29
Greek
1030.81.21131.01.2-10
Maori
1020.80.9880.70.8+14
Thai
1000.80.3880.70.2+12
Australian Aboriginal
920.70.6560.50.3+36
Nepalese
890.70.2120.10.1+77
Sinhalese
840.60.5570.50.5+27
Inadequately Described
810.60.7670.60.4+14
Welsh
750.60.5590.50.5+16
Lebanese
710.51.2660.61.0+5
Samoan
670.50.9490.40.7+18
Spanish
630.50.7760.60.6-13
Serbian
610.50.5650.60.5-4
French
600.50.5340.30.4+26
Croatian
580.41.0530.41.1+5
Pakistani
540.40.4270.20.3+27
Vietnamese
530.40.3380.30.2+15
Hungarian
530.40.4470.40.4+6
Russian
500.40.3420.40.3+8
Fijian
490.40.6230.20.4+26
Iranian
410.30.2350.30.1+6
Korean
360.30.2330.30.1+3
Indonesian
350.30.2210.20.2+14
American
340.30.2470.40.2-13
Bengali
330.20.2120.10.1+21
Egyptian
310.20.5370.30.4-6
Turkish
300.20.4130.10.4+17
Punjabi
290.20.230.00.1+26
Danish
280.20.2260.20.2+2
Central and West African
260.20.290.10.1+17
Arab not further described
260.20.2130.10.1+13
Ukrainian
260.20.2310.30.2-5
Zimbabwean
230.20.1200.20.1+3
Afghan
230.20.2430.40.1-20
Bosnian
210.20.1180.20.1+3
Chilean
200.20.2220.20.2-2
Japanese
200.20.1160.10.1+4
Austrian
190.10.2100.10.2+9
Tamil
190.10.1250.20.1-6
Cook Islander
180.10.2190.20.1-1
Macedonian
180.10.2130.10.2+5
Malay
170.10.130.00.1+14
Romanian
170.10.140.00.1+13
Portuguese
160.10.2310.30.2-15
South African
150.10.4270.20.4-12
Peruvian
140.10.160.10.1+8
Syrian
140.10.130.00.1+11
Other Indian subcontinent
120.10.2250.20.2-13
Other South American
110.10.190.10.1+2
Uruguayan
110.10.1100.10.1+1
Other Polynesian
100.10.230.00.1+7
Other British
100.10.100.00.0+10
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Penrith - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Penrith City %Number%Penrith City %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,1118.46.59738.26.3+138

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, Penrith City: 33.3% Australian, Penrith City: 35.7% Irish, Penrith City: 9.8% Scottish, Penrith City: 7.4% German, Penrith City: 3.3% Chinese, Penrith City: 1.8% Indian, Penrith City: 3.0% Italian, Penrith City: 3.7% Filipino, Penrith City: 2.8% Maltese, Penrith City: 3.9% English, Penrith: 34.8% Australian, Penrith: 33.3% Irish, Penrith: 11.8% Scottish, Penrith: 8.7% German, Penrith: 3.3% Chinese, Penrith: 3.1% Indian, Penrith: 2.8% Italian, Penrith: 2.5% Filipino, Penrith: 2.2% Maltese, Penrith: 1.6%
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, Penrith: +443 Australian, Penrith: +178 Irish, Penrith: +387 Scottish, Penrith: +243 German, Penrith: +49 Chinese, Penrith: +162 Indian, Penrith: +182 Italian, Penrith: +12 Filipino, Penrith: +99 Maltese, Penrith: +39
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 in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (4,607 people or 34.8%)
  • Australian (4,410 people or 33.3%)
  • Irish (1,559 people or 11.8%)
  • Scottish (1,153 people or 8.7%)
  • German (443 people or 3.3%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 12,172 responses in total, or 91.91% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (11.8% compared to 9.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (34.8% compared to 33.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (33.3% compared to 35.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (1.6% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+443 persons)
  • Irish (+387 persons)
  • Scottish (+243 persons)
  • Indian (+182 persons)

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