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The three largest ancestries in The Hills Shire in 2016 were English, Australian and Chinese.

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 The Hills 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 The Hills 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
The Hills Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
English
42,16626.825.340,07028.225.8+2,096
Australian
39,46225.123.541,16129.025.7-1,699
map this data in atlas.idChinese19,83412.610.112,3908.78.2+7,444
map this data in atlas.idIrish13,5488.68.611,9808.48.3+1,567
Scottish
10,8786.96.49,9107.06.3+968
Indian
9,9186.34.06,0884.32.9+3,830
Italian
7,8595.04.27,2385.14.2+621
German
4,3182.72.53,8712.72.5+447
Filipino
3,4992.22.12,9202.11.9+578
Korean
3,4192.21.32,5691.81.1+850
Lebanese
3,3522.13.32,7671.93.2+585
Maltese
2,8251.81.22,6781.91.2+147
Sinhalese
2,7681.80.62,2341.60.5+534
Greek
2,2001.42.42,2281.62.6-29
Iranian
2,1571.40.51,4011.00.3+756
Dutch
2,0301.30.91,9881.41.0+41
South African
1,5841.00.61,4561.00.6+128
Croatian
1,5261.00.81,3891.00.8+136
Polish
1,3730.90.81,2730.90.8+99
New Zealander
1,2570.80.81,1920.80.8+64
Spanish
1,1890.80.89950.70.7+194
Egyptian
1,0700.70.58560.60.5+214
Pakistani
8930.60.55260.40.3+367
Welsh
8460.50.56720.50.5+174
French
8400.50.76510.50.6+189
Inadequately Described
8110.50.64850.30.4+326
Russian
8040.50.56080.40.5+196
Vietnamese
7610.52.25470.41.8+214
Tamil
7510.50.25500.40.2+200
Serbian
7170.50.66000.40.6+117
Indonesian
6240.40.53710.30.4+253
Turkish
6040.40.55300.40.5+74
Afghan
5980.40.35300.40.2+68
Hungarian
5750.40.45170.40.4+58
American
5710.40.35510.40.3+20
Portuguese
5480.30.53680.30.4+180
Fijian
5140.30.53950.30.5+119
Bengali
5050.30.63280.20.4+177
Armenian
4420.30.33120.20.3+130
Thai
4390.30.52290.20.4+210
Chilean
3870.20.33630.30.3+23
Maori
3780.20.54000.30.5-22
Ukrainian
3760.20.22450.20.2+131
Malay
3640.20.22760.20.1+88
Austrian
3380.20.22890.20.2+49
Japanese
3370.20.42490.20.3+88
Other Indian subcontinent
3340.20.33700.30.2-36
Danish
3110.20.22800.20.2+30
Mauritian
2970.20.23190.20.2-22
Other South American
2660.20.22270.20.2+39
Arab not further described
2650.20.41850.10.3+79
Swedish
2640.20.22200.20.2+44
Canadian
2460.20.22010.10.2+45
Cypriot
2380.20.21610.10.2+77
Syrian
2370.20.21530.10.2+84
Burmese peoples
2230.10.11770.10.1+46
Punjabi
2200.10.11460.10.1+74
Taiwanese
2090.10.11370.10.1+72
Swiss
2080.10.12240.20.1-17
Nepalese
2040.10.7600.00.4+144
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
1970.10.21180.10.1+79
Slovene
1940.10.11960.10.1-2
Central and West African
1870.10.21410.10.1+46
Macedonian
1780.10.51550.10.6+23
Peruvian
1760.10.11520.10.1+24
Czech
1760.10.21910.10.2-15
Romanian
1740.10.11030.10.1+71
Palestinian
1690.10.21660.10.1+3
Latvian
1640.10.11790.10.1-15
Assyrian/Chaldean
1630.10.61260.10.5+37
Uruguayan
1580.10.11580.10.10
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
The Hills Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated5,2063.36.35,3453.87.0-139

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, Greater Sydney: 25.3% Australian, Greater Sydney: 23.5% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 10.1% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Indian, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Filipino, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Korean, Greater Sydney: 1.3% English, The Hills Shire: 26.8% Australian, The Hills Shire: 25.1% Chinese, The Hills Shire: 12.6% Irish, The Hills Shire: 8.6% Scottish, The Hills Shire: 6.9% Indian, The Hills Shire: 6.3% Italian, The Hills Shire: 5.0% German, The Hills Shire: 2.7% Filipino, The Hills Shire: 2.2% Korean, The Hills Shire: 2.2%
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, The Hills Shire: +2,096 Australian, The Hills Shire: -1,699 Chinese, The Hills Shire: +7,444 Irish, The Hills Shire: +1,567 Scottish, The Hills Shire: +968 Indian, The Hills Shire: +3,830 Italian, The Hills Shire: +621 German, The Hills Shire: +447 Filipino, The Hills Shire: +578 Korean, The Hills Shire: +850
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 The Hills Shire in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (42,166 people or 26.8%)
  • Australian (39,462 people or 25.1%)
  • Chinese (19,834 people or 12.6%)
  • Irish (13,548 people or 8.6%)
  • Scottish (10,878 people or 6.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 125,888 responses in total, or 80.06% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in The Hills Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (12.6% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Indian ancestry (6.3% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (25.1% compared to 23.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (0.5% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+7,444 persons)
  • Indian (+3,830 persons)
  • English (+2,096 persons)
  • Australian (-1,699 persons)

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