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The three largest ancestries in Rockhampton 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 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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Australian
35,10545.738.635,98249.842.4-877
English
28,10636.638.524,36533.735.6+3,741
map this data in atlas.idIrish8,26410.810.97,46310.310.2+801
map this data in atlas.idScottish6,7858.89.75,7618.08.7+1,024
German
4,8756.36.54,4166.16.4+459
Italian
8871.22.97581.02.9+129
Dutch
8871.21.58531.21.5+34
Chinese
6630.91.16800.91.0-17
Filipino
6600.90.83620.50.6+298
Australian Aboriginal
5930.81.16710.91.2-78
Indian
5230.70.53430.50.3+180
New Zealander
4850.61.34210.61.2+64
Maori
4180.50.92100.30.7+208
Danish
3620.50.53440.50.5+18
Vietnamese
3410.40.1670.10.1+274
Welsh
3240.40.64010.60.6-77
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
3010.40.22580.40.2+43
Australian South Sea Islander
2930.40.12940.40.1-1
Brazilian
2700.40.11160.20.0+154
French
2520.30.51860.30.5+66
Inadequately Described
2340.30.31810.30.3+53
South African
2200.30.51180.20.3+102
American
1870.20.31470.20.3+40
Polish
1860.20.51840.30.4+2
Greek
1840.20.51500.20.4+34
Russian
1430.20.21310.20.2+12
Spanish
1320.20.31580.20.3-26
Bengali
1280.20.0540.10.0+74
Maltese
1250.20.51510.20.5-26
Sinhalese
1200.20.1370.10.1+83
Torres Strait Islander
930.10.51100.20.6-17
Papua New Guinean
890.10.2640.10.2+25
Korean
880.10.2270.00.1+61
Swedish
790.10.21010.10.2-22
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Not stated7,2239.48.07,0849.88.9+139

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% Scottish, Regional QLD: 9.7% German, Regional QLD: 6.5% Italian, Regional QLD: 2.9% Dutch, Regional QLD: 1.5% Chinese, Regional QLD: 1.1% Filipino, Regional QLD: 0.8% Australian Aboriginal, Regional QLD: 1.1% Australian, Rockhampton: 45.7% English, Rockhampton: 36.6% Irish, Rockhampton: 10.8% Scottish, Rockhampton: 8.8% German, Rockhampton: 6.3% Italian, Rockhampton: 1.2% Dutch, Rockhampton: 1.2% Chinese, Rockhampton: 0.9% Filipino, Rockhampton: 0.9% Australian Aboriginal, Rockhampton: 0.8%
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, Rockhampton: -877 English, Rockhampton: +3,741 Irish, Rockhampton: +801 Scottish, Rockhampton: +1,024 German, Rockhampton: +459 Italian, Rockhampton: +129 Dutch, Rockhampton: +34 Chinese, Rockhampton: -17 Filipino, Rockhampton: +298 Australian Aboriginal, Rockhampton: -78
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 Rockhampton in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (35,105 people or 45.7%)
  • English (28,106 people or 36.6%)
  • Irish (8,264 people or 10.8%)
  • Scottish (6,785 people or 8.8%)
  • German (4,875 people or 6.3%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 83,135 responses in total, or 108.21% 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 (45.7% compared to 38.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (36.6% compared to 38.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (1.2% 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 (+3,741 persons)
  • Scottish (+1,024 persons)
  • Australian (-877 persons)
  • Irish (+801 persons)

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