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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Ancestry

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The three largest ancestries in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Australian111,87242.437.7109,32443.238.6+2,548
English101,23138.339.296,53838.238.5+4,693
Irish34,70213.111.731,40012.410.9+3,302
Scottish27,82410.510.425,39610.09.7+2,428
German25,9609.86.625,41610.06.5+544
Italian4,3941.73.04,0791.62.9+315
Dutch3,1021.21.42,9971.21.5+105
Chinese2,4900.91.52,0200.81.1+470
Filipino2,4310.91.01,5720.60.8+859
Indian2,0450.80.89980.40.5+1,047
New Zealander1,5650.61.31,5210.61.3+44
Welsh1,2950.50.61,1190.40.6+176
Danish1,2920.50.51,1320.40.5+160
Australian Aboriginal1,1770.41.29760.41.1+201
Inadequately Described1,0560.40.46970.30.3+359
Polish9530.40.58680.30.5+85
French9520.40.68340.30.5+118
Maori9340.40.99330.40.9+1
South African8550.30.58810.30.5-26
Sudanese7840.30.05920.20.0+192
Spanish6230.20.44430.20.3+180
American5630.20.35490.20.3+14
Greek5370.20.54880.20.5+49
Swedish4140.20.23600.10.2+54
Sinhalese4010.20.12130.10.1+188
Central and West African3950.10.12320.10.0+163
Korean3660.10.31790.10.2+187
Lebanese3600.10.13400.10.1+20
Russian3570.10.23010.10.2+56
Nepalese3510.10.11210.00.0+230
Papua New Guinean3440.10.32650.10.2+79
Canadian3380.10.23570.10.2-19
Hungarian3260.10.22720.10.2+54
Arab not further described3180.10.02440.10.0+74
Croatian3000.10.22680.10.2+32
Maltese2950.10.52670.10.5+28
Swiss2920.10.23020.10.2-10
Afghan2880.10.0220.00.0+266
Vietnamese2810.10.22240.10.1+57
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Not stated21,8028.38.418,9167.58.0+2,886

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, Regional QLD: 37.7% English, Regional QLD: 39.2% Irish, Regional QLD: 11.7% Scottish, Regional QLD: 10.4% German, Regional QLD: 6.6% Italian, Regional QLD: 3.0% Dutch, Regional QLD: 1.4% Chinese, Regional QLD: 1.5% Filipino, Regional QLD: 1.0% Indian, Regional QLD: 0.8% Australian, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 42.4% English, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 38.3% Irish, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 13.1% Scottish, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.5% German, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.8% Italian, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.7% Dutch, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.2% Chinese, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.9% Filipino, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.9% Indian, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.8%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,548 English, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +4,693 Irish, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,302 Scottish, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,428 German, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +544 Italian, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +315 Dutch, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +105 Chinese, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +470 Filipino, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +859 Indian, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,047
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (111,872 people or 42.4%)
  • English (101,231 people or 38.3%)
  • Irish (34,702 people or 13.1%)
  • Scottish (27,824 people or 10.5%)
  • German (25,960 people or 9.8%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 301,589 responses in total, or 114.17% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (42.4% compared to 37.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with German ancestry (9.8% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (13.1% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (1.7% compared to 3.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+4,693 persons)
  • Irish (+3,302 persons)
  • Australian (+2,548 persons)
  • Scottish (+2,428 persons)

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