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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Ancestry

The three largest ancestries in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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 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.

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)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Australian109,32443.238.6114,41448.342.4-5,090
English96,53838.238.583,18535.135.6+13,353
Irish31,40012.410.927,42711.610.2+3,973
German25,41610.06.522,6419.66.4+2,776
Scottish25,39610.09.721,1218.98.7+4,276
Italian4,0791.62.93,6951.62.9+385
Dutch2,9971.21.52,7371.21.5+260
Chinese2,0200.81.11,7330.71.0+287
Filipino1,5720.60.87820.30.6+790
New Zealander1,5210.61.31,4230.61.2+98
Danish1,1320.40.51,1050.50.5+28
Welsh1,1190.40.61,0460.40.6+73
Indian9980.40.56450.30.3+353
Australian Aboriginal9760.41.17930.31.2+183
Maori9330.40.96500.30.7+283
South African8810.30.55680.20.3+313
Polish8680.30.57280.30.4+141
French8340.30.57270.30.5+107
Inadequately Described6970.30.35870.20.3+110
Sudanese5920.20.04080.20.0+184
American5490.20.35700.20.3-21
Greek4880.20.54840.20.4+4
Spanish4430.20.33970.20.3+46
Swedish3600.10.22880.10.2+72
Canadian3570.10.22430.10.2+114
Lebanese3400.10.13190.10.1+21
Swiss3020.10.22520.10.2+50
Russian3010.10.22570.10.2+44
Zimbabwean2770.10.11370.10.0+140
Hungarian2720.10.22820.10.2-10
Croatian2680.10.22230.10.2+45
Maltese2670.10.52280.10.5+39
Papua New Guinean2650.10.22490.10.2+16
Norwegian2530.10.12230.10.1+30
Finnish2530.10.22040.10.2+49
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Not stated18,9167.58.017,3127.38.9+1,604

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 QLD: 38.6% English, Regional QLD: 38.5% Irish, Regional QLD: 10.9% German, Regional QLD: 6.5% Scottish, Regional QLD: 9.7% Italian, Regional QLD: 2.9% Dutch, Regional QLD: 1.5% Chinese, Regional QLD: 1.1% Filipino, Regional QLD: 0.8% New Zealander, Regional QLD: 1.3% Australian, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 43.2% English, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 38.2% Irish, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 12.4% German, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.0% Scottish, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.0% Italian, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.6% Dutch, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.2% Chinese, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.8% Filipino, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.6% New Zealander, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.6%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -5,090 English, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +13,353 Irish, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,973 German, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,776 Scottish, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +4,276 Italian, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +385 Dutch, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +260 Chinese, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +287 Filipino, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +790 New Zealander, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +98
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (109,324 people or 43.2%)
  • English (96,538 people or 38.2%)
  • Irish (31,400 people or 12.4%)
  • German (25,416 people or 10.0%)
  • Scottish (25,396 people or 10.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 288,074 responses in total, or 113.89% 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 (43.2% compared to 38.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with German ancestry (10.0% compared to 6.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (12.4% compared to 10.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (1.6% 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 (+13,353 persons)
  • Australian (-5,090 persons)
  • Scottish (+4,276 persons)
  • Irish (+3,973 persons)

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