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The three largest ancestries in Shoalhaven City in 2016 were English, Australian 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 Shoalhaven City 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 Shoalhaven City'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
Shoalhaven City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
English42,93443.140.839,47542.540.4+3,459
Australian42,90543.142.540,00143.143.1+2,904
Irish11,76211.812.310,52511.311.7+1,237
Scottish10,31910.410.58,9869.710.0+1,333
German3,8563.94.33,4793.74.2+377
Italian2,1692.22.61,9372.12.5+232
Dutch1,3601.41.31,3491.51.3+11
Welsh7910.80.76400.70.7+151
Australian Aboriginal7680.80.85980.60.6+170
Maltese7630.80.56760.70.4+87
Chinese7510.81.05100.50.8+241
Greek6670.70.65430.60.6+124
New Zealander6390.60.66000.60.6+39
Polish5690.60.64400.50.5+129
Filipino5020.50.63550.40.4+147
French4750.50.54330.50.4+42
Indian3930.40.71860.20.4+207
Croatian3730.40.33280.40.3+45
Spanish3420.30.32300.20.3+112
Inadequately Described3370.30.31920.20.2+145
Danish2910.30.22980.30.2-7
Hungarian2910.30.22570.30.2+34
Maori2850.30.32550.30.3+30
American2710.30.22440.30.3+27
Russian2490.20.21940.20.2+55
Serbian2260.20.32120.20.3+14
Austrian2160.20.21930.20.2+23
South African2110.20.21760.20.2+35
Swedish2020.20.21670.20.2+35
Thai1680.20.2840.10.1+84
Finnish1350.10.1990.10.1+36
Lebanese1350.10.21080.10.2+27
Ukrainian1330.10.11200.10.1+13
Norwegian1280.10.11320.10.1-4
Portuguese1260.10.2870.10.2+39
Canadian1150.10.11250.10.1-10
Vietnamese1060.10.2670.10.1+39
Swiss930.10.1900.10.1+3
Chilean880.10.1610.10.1+27
Czech860.10.1660.10.1+20
Latvian850.10.1630.10.1+22
Indonesian850.10.1580.10.1+27
Japanese810.10.1550.10.1+26
Lithuanian780.10.0520.10.0+26
Macedonian770.10.5610.10.5+16
Fijian690.10.1440.00.1+25
Mauritian680.10.0540.10.0+14
Sinhalese620.10.1400.00.1+22
Korean580.10.1340.00.1+24
Other North-Western European560.10.0270.00.0+29
Cypriot540.10.0430.00.0+11
Slovene540.10.1650.10.1-11
Uruguayan540.10.0310.00.0+23
Other Eastern European530.10.0360.00.0+17
Samoan520.10.1250.00.1+27
Egyptian460.00.1360.00.0+10
Belgian440.00.0520.10.0-8
Estonian430.00.0460.00.0-3
Turkish430.00.1460.00.1-3
Jewish420.00.0370.00.0+5
Other South American410.00.0320.00.0+9
Other British390.00.0300.00.0+9
Nepalese390.00.1110.00.0+28
Other Northern Asian350.00.000.00.0+35
Tongan340.00.1210.00.1+13
Native American (Indian)320.00.0140.00.0+18
Bengali320.00.180.00.0+24
Romanian310.00.0240.00.0+7
Argentinian270.00.070.00.0+20
Malay250.00.0220.00.0+3
Slovak240.00.070.00.0+17
Caribbean Islander230.00.0230.00.00
Brazilian210.00.0230.00.0-2
Armenian210.00.090.00.0+12
Iranian210.00.1310.00.0-10
Zimbabwean210.00.090.00.0+12
Papua New Guinean200.00.0160.00.0+4
Arab not further described200.00.1140.00.0+6
Burmese peoples190.00.1140.00.0+5
Lao180.00.000.00.0+18
Mexican180.00.0120.00.0+6
Other Polynesian180.00.0150.00.0+3
Other Southern and East African180.00.0150.00.0+3
Other Middle-Eastern peoples180.00.0100.00.0+8
Khmer (Cambodian)170.00.090.00.0+8
Other Southern/South East European160.00.000.00.0+16
Peruvian160.00.080.00.0+8
Other Indian subcontinent150.00.100.00.0+15
Albanian140.00.060.00.0+8
Bosnian140.00.060.00.0+8
Central and West African130.00.140.00.0+9
Cook Islander130.00.0180.00.0-5
Pakistani120.00.1170.00.0-5
Palestinian120.00.060.00.0+6
Iraqi110.00.060.00.0+5
Australian South Sea Islander100.00.030.00.0+7
Torres Strait Islander100.00.0110.00.0-1
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Shoalhaven City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Not stated7,8297.97.66,8397.46.7+990

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 English, Regional NSW: 40.8% Australian, Regional NSW: 42.5% Irish, Regional NSW: 12.3% Scottish, Regional NSW: 10.5% German, Regional NSW: 4.3% Italian, Regional NSW: 2.6% Dutch, Regional NSW: 1.3% Welsh, Regional NSW: 0.7% Australian Aboriginal, Regional NSW: 0.8% Maltese, Regional NSW: 0.5% English, Shoalhaven City: 43.1% Australian, Shoalhaven City: 43.1% Irish, Shoalhaven City: 11.8% Scottish, Shoalhaven City: 10.4% German, Shoalhaven City: 3.9% Italian, Shoalhaven City: 2.2% Dutch, Shoalhaven City: 1.4% Welsh, Shoalhaven City: 0.8% Australian Aboriginal, Shoalhaven City: 0.8% Maltese, Shoalhaven City: 0.8%
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 English, Shoalhaven City: +3,459 Australian, Shoalhaven City: +2,904 Irish, Shoalhaven City: +1,237 Scottish, Shoalhaven City: +1,333 German, Shoalhaven City: +377 Italian, Shoalhaven City: +232 Dutch, Shoalhaven City: +11 Welsh, Shoalhaven City: +151 Australian Aboriginal, Shoalhaven City: +170 Maltese, Shoalhaven City: +87
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 Shoalhaven City in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (42,934 people or 43.1%)
  • Australian (42,905 people or 43.1%)
  • Irish (11,762 people or 11.8%)
  • Scottish (10,319 people or 10.4%)
  • German (3,856 people or 3.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 111,776 responses in total, or 112.18% of all responses.

The major difference between the ancestries of the population in Shoalhaven City and Regional NSW was:

  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (43.1% compared to 40.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+3,459 persons)
  • Australian (+2,904 persons)
  • Scottish (+1,333 persons)
  • Irish (+1,237 persons)

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