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The three largest ancestries in the City of Playford in 2011 were English, Australian and Scottish.

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 City of Playford 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 City of Playford'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
City of Playford - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
English
35,61245.037.331,07144.435.5+4,541
Australian
28,97836.632.326,57038.036.2+2,408
map this data in atlas.idScottish6,4028.17.85,6288.07.3+774
map this data in atlas.idIrish5,3336.77.64,4786.47.2+855
German
4,8066.16.84,0555.86.7+751
Italian
3,1594.06.92,6403.86.9+519
Dutch
1,5672.01.71,4362.11.7+131
Greek
8941.12.86971.03.0+197
Vietnamese
7450.91.36300.91.1+115
Filipino
6220.80.83850.60.6+237
Polish
5450.71.34600.71.4+85
Welsh
5340.70.75580.80.7-24
Other Southern and East African
4350.50.230.00.1+432
Chinese
4130.52.93050.42.1+108
Maltese
4010.50.53570.50.5+44
Khmer (Cambodian)
3970.50.33030.40.3+94
Australian Aboriginal
3690.50.23260.50.2+43
Sudanese
3650.50.200.00.2+365
Afghan
3410.40.2100.00.1+331
Inadequately Described
3110.40.41910.30.3+120
Serbian
2990.40.62980.40.6+1
New Zealander
2970.40.42150.30.4+82
Russian
2850.40.42660.40.4+19
Indian
2630.31.61490.20.7+114
French
2530.30.42080.30.4+45
Romanian
2410.30.11730.20.1+68
Maori
2270.30.21570.20.2+70
Croatian
2250.30.52000.30.6+25
Hungarian
2050.30.41820.30.4+23
Central and West African
2010.30.160.00.1+195
Spanish
1950.20.31640.20.3+31
American
1550.20.21220.20.2+33
Austrian
1450.20.21170.20.2+28
South African
1410.20.3930.10.3+48
Ukrainian
1160.10.41090.20.4+7
Danish
1010.10.2890.10.2+12
Lebanese
980.10.4930.10.4+5
Other Central Asian
890.10.1170.00.1+72
Thai
880.10.1490.10.1+39
Other Indian subcontinent
850.10.200.00.0+85
Kurdish
840.10.1340.00.0+50
Turkish
800.10.1660.10.1+14
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Playford - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Not stated5,4936.95.45,6108.06.3-117

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 English, Greater Adelaide: 37.3% Australian, Greater Adelaide: 32.3% Scottish, Greater Adelaide: 7.8% Irish, Greater Adelaide: 7.6% German, Greater Adelaide: 6.8% Italian, Greater Adelaide: 6.9% Dutch, Greater Adelaide: 1.7% Greek, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Vietnamese, Greater Adelaide: 1.3% Filipino, Greater Adelaide: 0.8% English, City of Playford: 45.0% Australian, City of Playford: 36.6% Scottish, City of Playford: 8.1% Irish, City of Playford: 6.7% German, City of Playford: 6.1% Italian, City of Playford: 4.0% Dutch, City of Playford: 2.0% Greek, City of Playford: 1.1% Vietnamese, City of Playford: 0.9% Filipino, City of Playford: 0.8%
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 English, City of Playford: +4,541 Australian, City of Playford: +2,408 Scottish, City of Playford: +774 Irish, City of Playford: +855 German, City of Playford: +751 Italian, City of Playford: +519 Dutch, City of Playford: +131 Greek, City of Playford: +197 Vietnamese, City of Playford: +115 Filipino, City of Playford: +237
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 City of Playford in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (35,612 people or 45.0%)
  • Australian (28,978 people or 36.6%)
  • Scottish (6,402 people or 8.1%)
  • Irish (5,333 people or 6.7%)
  • German (4,806 people or 6.1%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 81,131 responses in total, or 102.55% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the City of Playford and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (45.0% compared to 37.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (36.6% compared to 32.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.0% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (0.5% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+4,541 persons)
  • Australian (+2,408 persons)
  • Irish (+855 persons)
  • Scottish (+774 persons)

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