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The three largest ancestries in The Hills Shire in 2011 were Australian, English 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.

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)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Australian
41,16129.025.745,28734.229.5-4,126
English
40,07028.225.835,91327.124.6+4,157
map this data in atlas.idChinese12,3908.78.29,7067.37.1+2,685
map this data in atlas.idIrish11,9818.48.310,9148.27.9+1,066
Scottish
9,9107.06.38,4446.45.9+1,466
Italian
7,2385.14.26,9205.24.2+318
Indian
6,0884.32.94,5233.42.2+1,565
German
3,8712.72.53,7102.82.5+162
Filipino
2,9212.11.92,6552.01.6+266
Lebanese
2,7671.93.22,4641.93.1+304
Maltese
2,6781.91.22,3871.81.3+291
Korean
2,5691.81.11,7281.30.9+841
Sinhalese
2,2341.60.51,7921.40.5+442
Greek
2,2291.62.61,9211.52.7+307
Dutch
1,9891.41.01,8871.41.0+102
South African
1,4561.00.61,1120.80.5+344
Iranian
1,4011.00.31,0140.80.2+388
Croatian
1,3901.00.81,2901.00.8+100
Polish
1,2740.90.81,2330.90.8+41
New Zealander
1,1930.80.81,2791.00.8-86
Spanish
9950.70.78860.70.7+109
Egyptian
8560.60.56950.50.4+161
Welsh
6720.50.57290.60.5-56
French
6510.50.66670.50.6-16
Russian
6080.40.55750.40.5+34
Serbian
6000.40.65360.40.7+64
Tamil
5510.40.22530.20.1+298
American
5510.40.34780.40.3+73
Vietnamese
5470.41.83910.31.6+156
Turkish
5300.40.54710.40.5+59
Afghan
5300.40.23200.20.2+210
Pakistani
5260.40.33220.20.2+204
Hungarian
5170.40.45160.40.5+1
Inadequately Described
4850.30.43680.30.3+117
Maori
4000.30.53530.30.6+47
Fijian
3950.30.51430.10.2+252
Indonesian
3710.30.43070.20.3+64
Other Indian subcontinent
3700.30.21560.10.1+214
Portuguese
3680.30.42850.20.4+83
Chilean
3640.30.32970.20.3+67
Bengali
3280.20.42840.20.3+44
Mauritian
3190.20.22510.20.1+68
Armenian
3120.20.33010.20.3+11
Austrian
2890.20.23470.30.2-58
Danish
2810.20.23140.20.2-34
Malay
2760.20.12880.20.1-12
Japanese
2490.20.31930.10.3+56
Ukrainian
2450.20.22810.20.2-36
Thai
2290.20.41520.10.2+77
Other South American
2270.20.21700.10.2+57
Swiss
2250.20.12750.20.1-51
Swedish
2200.20.22090.20.2+11
Canadian
2010.10.22430.20.2-42
Slovene
1960.10.11920.10.1+4
Czech
1910.10.21870.10.2+4
Arab not further described
1860.10.31900.10.3-4
Latvian
1790.10.11640.10.1+15
Burmese peoples
1770.10.11180.10.1+59
Palestinian
1660.10.11080.10.1+58
Cypriot
1610.10.21070.10.1+54
Uruguayan
1580.10.11250.10.1+33
Macedonian
1550.10.61540.10.5+1
Syrian
1530.10.21290.10.1+24
Peruvian
1520.10.11060.10.1+46
Punjabi
1460.10.11310.10.1+15
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Not stated5,3453.87.06,5144.99.1-1,169

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, Greater Sydney: 25.7% English, Greater Sydney: 25.8% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 8.2% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.3% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.3% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% Indian, Greater Sydney: 2.9% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Filipino, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Lebanese, Greater Sydney: 3.2% Australian, The Hills Shire: 29.0% English, The Hills Shire: 28.2% Chinese, The Hills Shire: 8.7% Irish, The Hills Shire: 8.4% Scottish, The Hills Shire: 7.0% Italian, The Hills Shire: 5.1% Indian, The Hills Shire: 4.3% German, The Hills Shire: 2.7% Filipino, The Hills Shire: 2.1% Lebanese, The Hills Shire: 1.9%
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, The Hills Shire: -4,126 English, The Hills Shire: +4,157 Chinese, The Hills Shire: +2,685 Irish, The Hills Shire: +1,066 Scottish, The Hills Shire: +1,466 Italian, The Hills Shire: +318 Indian, The Hills Shire: +1,565 German, The Hills Shire: +162 Filipino, The Hills Shire: +266 Lebanese, The Hills Shire: +304
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 The Hills Shire in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (41,161 people or 29.0%)
  • English (40,070 people or 28.2%)
  • Chinese (12,390 people or 8.7%)
  • Irish (11,981 people or 8.4%)
  • Scottish (9,910 people or 7.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 115,512 responses in total, or 81.37% 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 Australian ancestry (29.0% compared to 25.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (28.2% compared to 25.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Indian ancestry (4.3% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (0.4% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+4,157 persons)
  • Australian (-4,126 persons)
  • Chinese (+2,685 persons)
  • Indian (+1,565 persons)

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