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The three largest ancestries in South Gippsland Shire in 2011 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.

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)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Australian
11,66642.940.912,08147.045.8-415
English
11,57342.539.99,83038.235.8+1,743
map this data in atlas.idScottish3,03811.210.92,4529.59.4+586
map this data in atlas.idIrish3,02311.112.62,5209.811.3+503
German
1,1394.24.69733.84.4+166
Italian
1,0974.03.61,0354.03.5+62
Dutch
1,0573.92.31,0774.22.3-20
Welsh
1590.60.51480.60.5+11
New Zealander
1570.60.51260.50.5+31
Danish
1080.40.2910.40.2+17
French
1000.40.4830.30.3+17
Chinese
970.40.71170.50.6-20
Maltese
930.30.5710.30.5+22
Polish
780.30.6760.30.6+2
Greek
730.30.5780.30.6-5
Indian
690.30.5390.20.2+30
Filipino
630.20.4500.20.3+13
Swedish
620.20.1370.10.1+25
Austrian
600.20.2390.20.2+21
Hungarian
510.20.2320.10.3+19
Maori
500.20.2300.10.2+20
South African
490.20.2430.20.1+6
Inadequately Described
470.20.3220.10.2+25
Spanish
450.20.2280.10.2+17
Swiss
440.20.1360.10.1+8
Russian
440.20.2150.10.1+29
American
410.20.2270.10.2+14
Norwegian
360.10.1350.10.1+1
Sinhalese
360.10.1160.10.1+20
Canadian
340.10.1310.10.1+3
Australian Aboriginal
330.10.2180.10.2+15
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Not stated1,5385.76.61,7176.77.1-179

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 VIC: 40.9% English, Regional VIC: 39.9% Scottish, Regional VIC: 10.9% Irish, Regional VIC: 12.6% German, Regional VIC: 4.6% Italian, Regional VIC: 3.6% Dutch, Regional VIC: 2.3% Welsh, Regional VIC: 0.5% New Zealander, Regional VIC: 0.5% Danish, Regional VIC: 0.2% Australian, South Gippsland Shire: 42.9% English, South Gippsland Shire: 42.5% Scottish, South Gippsland Shire: 11.2% Irish, South Gippsland Shire: 11.1% German, South Gippsland Shire: 4.2% Italian, South Gippsland Shire: 4.0% Dutch, South Gippsland Shire: 3.9% Welsh, South Gippsland Shire: 0.6% New Zealander, South Gippsland Shire: 0.6% Danish, South Gippsland Shire: 0.4%
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, South Gippsland Shire: -415 English, South Gippsland Shire: +1,743 Scottish, South Gippsland Shire: +586 Irish, South Gippsland Shire: +503 German, South Gippsland Shire: +166 Italian, South Gippsland Shire: +62 Dutch, South Gippsland Shire: -20 Welsh, South Gippsland Shire: +11 New Zealander, South Gippsland Shire: +31 Danish, South Gippsland Shire: +17
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 South Gippsland Shire in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (11,666 people or 42.9%)
  • English (11,573 people or 42.5%)
  • Scottish (3,038 people or 11.2%)
  • Irish (3,023 people or 11.1%)
  • German (1,139 people or 4.2%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 30,439 responses in total, or 111.85% 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 English ancestry (42.5% compared to 39.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (42.9% compared to 40.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Dutch ancestry (3.9% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (11.1% compared to 12.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • English (+1,743 persons)
  • Scottish (+586 persons)
  • Irish (+503 persons)
  • Australian (-415 persons)

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