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Ancestry

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

The three largest ancestries in South Gippsland Shire in 2016 were Australian, English and Scottish.

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 South Gippsland Shire 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 South Gippsland Shire'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
South Gippsland Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Australian
12,20242.540.011,66642.940.9+536
English
12,03842.040.111,57342.539.9+465
map this data in atlas.idScottish3,29211.511.33,03811.210.9+254
map this data in atlas.idIrish3,24711.313.03,02311.112.6+224
German
1,1183.94.61,1394.24.6-21
Italian
1,1163.93.71,0974.03.6+19
Dutch
1,0803.82.21,0573.92.3+23
New Zealander
1650.60.51570.60.5+8
Welsh
1620.60.51590.60.5+3
Indian
1400.50.7690.30.5+71
Chinese
1370.51.0970.40.7+40
Polish
1230.40.6780.30.6+45
French
1100.40.41000.40.4+10
Danish
1090.40.21080.40.2+1
Maltese
1060.40.6930.30.5+13
Filipino
950.30.5630.20.4+32
Greek
920.30.6730.30.5+19
Inadequately Described
840.30.4470.20.3+37
Hungarian
650.20.2510.20.2+14
Swedish
610.20.1620.20.1-1
Maori
590.20.2500.20.2+9
Croatian
580.20.5270.10.5+31
American
520.20.2410.20.2+11
Swiss
500.20.1440.20.1+6
Norwegian
460.20.1360.10.1+10
Spanish
450.20.3450.20.20
Sinhalese
400.10.2360.10.1+4
South African
400.10.2490.20.2-9
Russian
400.10.2440.20.2-4
Austrian
390.10.2600.20.2-21
Serbian
380.10.3250.10.3+13
Latvian
360.10.1270.10.1+9
Australian Aboriginal
350.10.2330.10.2+2
Ukrainian
320.10.2150.10.2+17
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
South Gippsland Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Not stated2,3388.17.91,5385.76.6+800

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 VIC: 40.0% English, Regional VIC: 40.1% Scottish, Regional VIC: 11.3% Irish, Regional VIC: 13.0% German, Regional VIC: 4.6% Italian, Regional VIC: 3.7% Dutch, Regional VIC: 2.2% New Zealander, Regional VIC: 0.5% Welsh, Regional VIC: 0.5% Indian, Regional VIC: 0.7% Australian, South Gippsland Shire: 42.5% English, South Gippsland Shire: 42.0% Scottish, South Gippsland Shire: 11.5% Irish, South Gippsland Shire: 11.3% German, South Gippsland Shire: 3.9% Italian, South Gippsland Shire: 3.9% Dutch, South Gippsland Shire: 3.8% New Zealander, South Gippsland Shire: 0.6% Welsh, South Gippsland Shire: 0.6% Indian, South Gippsland Shire: 0.5%
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, South Gippsland Shire: +536 English, South Gippsland Shire: +465 Scottish, South Gippsland Shire: +254 Irish, South Gippsland Shire: +224 German, South Gippsland Shire: -21 Italian, South Gippsland Shire: +19 Dutch, South Gippsland Shire: +23 New Zealander, South Gippsland Shire: +8 Welsh, South Gippsland Shire: +3 Indian, South Gippsland Shire: +71
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 South Gippsland Shire in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (12,202 people or 42.5%)
  • English (12,038 people or 42.0%)
  • Scottish (3,292 people or 11.5%)
  • Irish (3,247 people or 11.3%)
  • German (1,118 people or 3.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 31,897 responses in total, or 111.17% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in South Gippsland Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (42.5% compared to 40.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (42.0% compared to 40.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Dutch ancestry (3.8% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (11.3% compared to 13.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (+536 persons)
  • English (+465 persons)
  • Scottish (+254 persons)
  • Irish (+224 persons)

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