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The three largest ancestries in the RDA Northern Territory in 2011 were Australian, English and Australian Aboriginal.

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 Northern Territory 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 Northern Territory'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 Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Australian63,90630.135.263,74433.439.8+162
English51,67424.429.344,01523.128.1+7,659
Australian Aboriginal39,19318.51.836,40119.11.9+2,792
Irish16,5207.89.214,1357.49.0+2,385
Scottish13,6016.47.711,5696.17.4+2,032
German8,4054.04.77,6174.04.6+788
Chinese4,9532.33.64,0772.13.3+876
Filipino4,3692.12.92,5421.31.9+1,827
Italian3,6931.72.23,2901.72.3+403
Greek3,6361.72.83,0591.62.7+577
Dutch2,7461.31.62,5081.31.7+238
Indian2,4251.11.49770.50.7+1,448
New Zealander1,8750.91.01,5040.81.0+371
Maori1,3020.60.61,0230.50.6+279
Indonesian1,1630.50.98490.40.7+314
Inadequately Described1,1070.50.68520.40.5+255
Welsh9930.50.68760.50.6+117
French9440.40.58490.40.5+95
Thai9310.40.66840.40.5+247
Vietnamese8650.40.66970.40.6+168
Timorese8510.40.77830.40.7+68
American8210.40.38440.40.4-23
Polish7490.40.47050.40.5+44
Torres Strait Islander7340.30.23560.20.2+378
Spanish6540.30.45500.30.4+104
Portuguese6520.30.56900.40.6-38
South African6040.30.33420.20.2+262
Papua New Guinean4970.20.35130.30.4-16
Sinhalese4950.20.33730.20.3+122
Danish4860.20.34610.20.3+25
Hungarian3680.20.23310.20.2+37
Swiss3560.20.23110.20.2+45
Nepalese3510.20.3200.00.0+331
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)3480.20.22440.10.1+104
Fijian3410.20.21740.10.1+167
Maltese3370.20.22800.10.2+57
Canadian3290.20.22810.10.2+48
Swedish3290.20.22580.10.2+71
Croatian3280.20.22740.10.2+54
Japanese3240.20.22320.10.1+92
Korean3200.20.2890.00.1+231
Austrian3200.20.23400.20.2-20
Russian3080.10.22760.10.2+32
Malay2980.10.23300.20.3-32
Other Southern and East African2880.10.21180.10.1+170
Zimbabwean2700.10.11250.10.1+145
Central and West African2480.10.21460.10.1+102
Burmese peoples2400.10.2980.10.1+142
Serbian2340.10.12540.10.2-20
Sudanese2260.10.12030.10.2+23
Pakistani2160.10.21410.10.1+75
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
RDA Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Not stated24,69011.613.323,49012.313.0+1,200

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, Greater Darwin: 35.2% English, Greater Darwin: 29.3% Australian Aboriginal, Greater Darwin: 1.8% Irish, Greater Darwin: 9.2% Scottish, Greater Darwin: 7.7% German, Greater Darwin: 4.7% Chinese, Greater Darwin: 3.6% Filipino, Greater Darwin: 2.9% Italian, Greater Darwin: 2.2% Greek, Greater Darwin: 2.8% Australian, RDA Northern Territory: 30.1% English, RDA Northern Territory: 24.4% Australian Aboriginal, RDA Northern Territory: 18.5% Irish, RDA Northern Territory: 7.8% Scottish, RDA Northern Territory: 6.4% German, RDA Northern Territory: 4.0% Chinese, RDA Northern Territory: 2.3% Filipino, RDA Northern Territory: 2.1% Italian, RDA Northern Territory: 1.7% Greek, RDA Northern Territory: 1.7%
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 Northern Territory: +162 English, RDA Northern Territory: +7,659 Australian Aboriginal, RDA Northern Territory: +2,792 Irish, RDA Northern Territory: +2,385 Scottish, RDA Northern Territory: +2,032 German, RDA Northern Territory: +788 Chinese, RDA Northern Territory: +876 Filipino, RDA Northern Territory: +1,827 Italian, RDA Northern Territory: +403 Greek, RDA Northern Territory: +577
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 Northern Territory in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (63,906 people or 30.1%)
  • English (51,674 people or 24.4%)
  • Australian Aboriginal (39,193 people or 18.5%)
  • Irish (16,520 people or 7.8%)
  • Scottish (13,601 people or 6.4%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 184,894 responses in total, or 87.22% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the RDA Northern Territory and Greater Darwin were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian Aboriginal ancestry (18.5% compared to 1.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (30.1% compared to 35.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (24.4% compared to 29.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (7.8% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+7,659 persons)
  • Australian Aboriginal (+2,792 persons)
  • Irish (+2,385 persons)
  • Scottish (+2,032 persons)

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