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The three largest ancestries in Rural Balance 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 Rural Balance 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 Rural Balance'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
Rural Balance - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Shoalhaven City %Number%Shoalhaven City %2011 to 2016
English1,15442.643.11,11644.642.5+38
Australian1,04038.443.195138.043.1+89
Irish38214.111.837415.011.3+8
Scottish34412.710.432012.89.7+24
German1013.73.91074.33.7-6
Dutch552.11.4492.01.5+6
Italian461.72.2512.12.1-5
French240.90.5331.30.5-9
Welsh220.80.8100.40.7+12
New Zealander190.70.6100.40.6+9
Polish140.60.6140.60.50
Australian Aboriginal140.50.800.00.6+14
Austrian120.50.260.30.2+6
Greek120.50.790.40.6+2
American110.40.3170.70.3-6
Cypriot100.40.150.20.0+5
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Rural Balance - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Shoalhaven City %Number%Shoalhaven City %2011 to 2016
Not stated27310.17.91867.47.4+87

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, Shoalhaven City: 43.1% Australian, Shoalhaven City: 43.1% Irish, Shoalhaven City: 11.8% Scottish, Shoalhaven City: 10.4% German, Shoalhaven City: 3.9% Dutch, Shoalhaven City: 1.4% Italian, Shoalhaven City: 2.2% French, Shoalhaven City: 0.5% Welsh, Shoalhaven City: 0.8% New Zealander, Shoalhaven City: 0.6% English, Rural Balance: 42.6% Australian, Rural Balance: 38.4% Irish, Rural Balance: 14.1% Scottish, Rural Balance: 12.7% German, Rural Balance: 3.7% Dutch, Rural Balance: 2.1% Italian, Rural Balance: 1.7% French, Rural Balance: 0.9% Welsh, Rural Balance: 0.8% New Zealander, Rural Balance: 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 English, Rural Balance: +38 Australian, Rural Balance: +89 Irish, Rural Balance: +8 Scottish, Rural Balance: +24 German, Rural Balance: -6 Dutch, Rural Balance: +6 Italian, Rural Balance: -5 French, Rural Balance: -9 Welsh, Rural Balance: +12 New Zealander, Rural Balance: +9
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 Rural Balance in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (1,154 people or 42.6%)
  • Australian (1,040 people or 38.4%)
  • Irish (382 people or 14.1%)
  • Scottish (344 people or 12.7%)
  • German (101 people or 3.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 3,021 responses in total, or 111.66% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Rural Balance and Shoalhaven City were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (12.7% compared to 10.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (14.1% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (38.4% compared to 43.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest change in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 was:

  • Australian (+89 persons)

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