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Ancestry

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The three largest ancestries in the RDA Northern Territory in 2016 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.

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 Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Australian65,43328.632.863,90630.135.2+1,527
English54,96724.028.751,67424.429.3+3,293
Australian Aboriginal37,56216.41.539,19318.51.8-1,631
Irish18,4698.19.716,5207.89.2+1,949
Scottish14,9716.57.713,6016.47.7+1,370
German8,7373.84.48,4054.04.7+332
Filipino6,9513.04.24,3692.12.9+2,582
Chinese6,2312.74.04,9532.33.6+1,278
Indian4,5332.02.52,4251.11.4+2,108
Italian4,1481.82.33,6931.72.2+455
Greek4,0821.82.83,6361.72.8+446
Dutch2,5181.11.32,7461.31.6-228
New Zealander1,8320.80.91,8750.91.0-43
Inadequately Described1,8040.81.01,1070.50.6+697
Maori1,6410.70.71,3020.60.6+339
Indonesian1,4660.61.01,1630.50.9+303
Vietnamese1,3240.60.88650.40.6+459
Nepalese1,2340.50.83510.20.3+883
Thai1,1940.50.79310.40.6+263
French1,1420.50.69440.40.5+198
Timorese1,0590.50.88510.40.7+208
Welsh9920.40.59930.50.6-1
Spanish9240.40.56540.30.4+270
Sinhalese8950.40.54950.20.3+400
Polish8820.40.57490.40.4+133
Portuguese8270.40.56520.30.5+175
American7450.30.38210.40.3-76
South African6640.30.36040.30.3+60
Japanese6300.30.43240.20.2+306
Central and West African5210.20.32480.10.2+273
Papua New Guinean5130.20.34970.20.3+16
Danish4910.20.24860.20.3+5
Fijian4790.20.23410.20.2+138
Korean4790.20.33200.20.2+159
Other Southern and East African4410.20.22880.10.2+153
Malay4250.20.32980.10.2+127
Bengali4250.20.31890.10.1+236
Maltese3920.20.23370.20.2+55
Other Indian subcontinent3860.20.21500.10.1+236
Zimbabwean3850.20.22700.10.1+115
Pakistani3790.20.22160.10.2+163
Russian3780.20.23080.10.2+70
Hungarian3670.20.23680.20.2-1
Torres Strait Islander3650.20.17340.30.2-369
Croatian3330.10.23280.20.2+5
Canadian3250.10.23290.20.2-4
Swedish3160.10.23290.20.2-13
Swiss3110.10.23560.20.2-45
Khmer (Cambodian)2980.10.22020.10.1+96
Sudanese2960.10.12260.10.1+70
Taiwanese2930.10.21090.10.1+184
Samoan2820.10.11630.10.1+119
Burmese peoples2820.10.22400.10.2+42
Serbian2680.10.22340.10.1+34
Austrian2610.10.13200.20.2-59
Cypriot2380.10.21800.10.1+58
Tongan2370.10.11650.10.1+72
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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)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Not stated29,40012.812.324,69011.613.3+4,710

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, Greater Darwin: 32.8% English, Greater Darwin: 28.7% Australian Aboriginal, Greater Darwin: 1.5% Irish, Greater Darwin: 9.7% Scottish, Greater Darwin: 7.7% German, Greater Darwin: 4.4% Filipino, Greater Darwin: 4.2% Chinese, Greater Darwin: 4.0% Indian, Greater Darwin: 2.5% Italian, Greater Darwin: 2.3% Australian, RDA Northern Territory: 28.6% English, RDA Northern Territory: 24.0% Australian Aboriginal, RDA Northern Territory: 16.4% Irish, RDA Northern Territory: 8.1% Scottish, RDA Northern Territory: 6.5% German, RDA Northern Territory: 3.8% Filipino, RDA Northern Territory: 3.0% Chinese, RDA Northern Territory: 2.7% Indian, RDA Northern Territory: 2.0% Italian, RDA Northern Territory: 1.8%
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 Northern Territory: +1,527 English, RDA Northern Territory: +3,293 Australian Aboriginal, RDA Northern Territory: -1,631 Irish, RDA Northern Territory: +1,949 Scottish, RDA Northern Territory: +1,370 German, RDA Northern Territory: +332 Filipino, RDA Northern Territory: +2,582 Chinese, RDA Northern Territory: +1,278 Indian, RDA Northern Territory: +2,108 Italian, RDA Northern Territory: +455
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 Northern Territory in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (65,433 people or 28.6%)
  • English (54,967 people or 24.0%)
  • Australian Aboriginal (37,562 people or 16.4%)
  • Irish (18,469 people or 8.1%)
  • Scottish (14,971 people or 6.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 191,402 responses in total, or 83.65% 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 (16.4% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (24.0% compared to 28.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (28.6% compared to 32.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (8.1% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+3,293 persons)
  • Filipino (+2,582 persons)
  • Indian (+2,108 persons)
  • Irish (+1,949 persons)

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