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The three largest ancestries in Rockhampton 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 Rockhampton 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 Rockhampton'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
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Australian
35,96245.137.735,10545.738.6+857
English
30,62538.439.228,10636.638.5+2,519
map this data in atlas.idIrish9,45411.911.78,26410.810.9+1,190
map this data in atlas.idScottish7,6579.610.46,7858.89.7+872
German
5,5917.06.64,8756.36.5+716
Italian
1,0681.33.08871.22.9+181
Filipino
1,0441.31.06600.90.8+384
Chinese
8861.11.56630.91.1+223
Australian Aboriginal
8091.01.25930.81.1+216
Dutch
7791.01.48871.21.5-108
Indian
7140.90.85230.70.5+191
New Zealander
5120.61.34850.61.3+27
Australian South Sea Islander
4800.60.22930.40.1+187
Vietnamese
4260.50.23410.40.1+85
Maori
4020.50.94180.50.9-16
Danish
3960.50.53620.50.5+34
Inadequately Described
3770.50.42340.30.3+143
Welsh
3740.50.63240.40.6+50
French
2960.40.62520.30.5+44
South African
2420.30.52200.30.5+22
Brazilian
2220.30.12700.40.1-48
Polish
2190.30.51860.20.5+33
Sinhalese
2120.30.11200.20.1+92
Spanish
2100.30.41320.20.3+78
American
2050.30.31870.20.3+18
Greek
1860.20.51840.20.5+2
Maltese
1650.20.51250.20.5+40
Papua New Guinean
1360.20.3890.10.2+47
Russian
1360.20.21430.20.2-7
Burmese peoples
1330.20.0580.10.0+75
Nepalese
1310.20.1710.10.0+60
Swedish
1180.10.2790.10.2+39
Torres Strait Islander
1160.10.5930.10.5+23
Thai
1150.10.2660.10.2+49
Tamil
1070.10.0360.00.0+71
Bengali
1010.10.01280.20.0-27
Fijian
960.10.1710.10.1+25
Korean
940.10.3880.10.2+6
Zimbabwean
840.10.1260.00.1+58
Norwegian
810.10.1710.10.1+10
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Not stated6,6048.38.47,2239.48.0-619

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% Filipino, Regional QLD: 1.0% Chinese, Regional QLD: 1.5% Australian Aboriginal, Regional QLD: 1.2% Dutch, Regional QLD: 1.4% Australian, Rockhampton: 45.1% English, Rockhampton: 38.4% Irish, Rockhampton: 11.9% Scottish, Rockhampton: 9.6% German, Rockhampton: 7.0% Italian, Rockhampton: 1.3% Filipino, Rockhampton: 1.3% Chinese, Rockhampton: 1.1% Australian Aboriginal, Rockhampton: 1.0% Dutch, Rockhampton: 1.0%
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, Rockhampton: +857 English, Rockhampton: +2,519 Irish, Rockhampton: +1,190 Scottish, Rockhampton: +872 German, Rockhampton: +716 Italian, Rockhampton: +181 Filipino, Rockhampton: +384 Chinese, Rockhampton: +223 Australian Aboriginal, Rockhampton: +216 Dutch, Rockhampton: -108
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 Rockhampton in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (35,962 people or 45.1%)
  • English (30,625 people or 38.4%)
  • Irish (9,454 people or 11.9%)
  • Scottish (7,657 people or 9.6%)
  • German (5,591 people or 7.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 89,289 responses in total, or 112.01% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Rockhampton and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (45.1% compared to 37.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (1.3% 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 (+2,519 persons)
  • Irish (+1,190 persons)
  • Scottish (+872 persons)
  • Australian (+857 persons)

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