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The three largest ancestries in the City of Unley 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 the City of Unley 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 City of Unley'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
City of Unley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
English
13,90536.937.313,18635.837.3+719
Australian
11,05929.330.911,42831.032.3-369
map this data in atlas.idIrish3,89410.38.13,5789.77.6+316
map this data in atlas.idScottish3,79410.18.23,4249.37.8+370
German
2,8987.76.82,7957.66.8+103
Italian
2,2806.06.82,1575.96.9+123
Chinese
2,2566.03.91,6294.42.9+627
Greek
2,0485.42.72,2166.02.8-168
Indian
8992.42.46501.81.6+249
Dutch
4711.21.64881.31.7-17
Polish
4431.21.34201.11.3+23
Welsh
2920.80.82910.80.7+1
French
2760.70.51970.50.4+79
Korean
2010.50.32050.60.3-4
Vietnamese
1910.51.51360.41.3+55
Ukrainian
1900.50.41420.40.4+48
Sinhalese
1750.50.31250.30.2+50
Croatian
1730.50.51840.50.5-11
Russian
1690.40.41440.40.4+25
Inadequately Described
1670.40.61070.30.4+60
Iranian
1650.40.31530.40.2+12
Lebanese
1650.40.41670.50.4-2
New Zealander
1630.40.41840.50.4-21
Filipino
1510.41.01100.30.8+41
Latvian
1380.40.21430.40.2-5
Hungarian
1380.40.41430.40.4-5
Japanese
1330.40.2950.30.2+38
American
1330.40.21280.30.2+5
Cypriot
1310.30.2830.20.2+48
Serbian
1310.30.61070.30.6+24
South African
1300.30.31160.30.3+14
Spanish
1260.30.4980.30.3+28
Maltese
1250.30.51080.30.5+17
Austrian
1160.30.2930.30.2+23
Danish
1150.30.21080.30.2+7
Nepalese
1130.30.3690.20.1+44
Bengali
1050.30.2500.10.1+55
Indonesian
920.20.2890.20.1+3
Pakistani
800.20.2280.10.1+52
Malay
780.20.2740.20.2+4
Swedish
770.20.2700.20.2+7
Thai
740.20.2650.20.1+9
Other Indian subcontinent
740.20.4340.10.2+40
Canadian
730.20.1800.20.1-7
Lithuanian
660.20.1670.20.1-1
Swiss
650.20.1670.20.1-2
Czech
580.20.1630.20.1-5
Estonian
560.10.1420.10.1+14
Portuguese
540.10.1310.10.1+23
Punjabi
540.10.2110.00.1+43
Australian Aboriginal
510.10.3280.10.2+23
Norwegian
460.10.1460.10.10
Egyptian
410.10.1200.10.1+21
Other British
400.10.1230.10.0+17
Other Eastern European
400.10.1320.10.1+8
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Unley - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,8384.95.32,1115.75.4-273

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 Adelaide: 37.3% Australian, Greater Adelaide: 30.9% Irish, Greater Adelaide: 8.1% Scottish, Greater Adelaide: 8.2% German, Greater Adelaide: 6.8% Italian, Greater Adelaide: 6.8% Chinese, Greater Adelaide: 3.9% Greek, Greater Adelaide: 2.7% Indian, Greater Adelaide: 2.4% Dutch, Greater Adelaide: 1.6% English, City of Unley: 36.9% Australian, City of Unley: 29.3% Irish, City of Unley: 10.3% Scottish, City of Unley: 10.1% German, City of Unley: 7.7% Italian, City of Unley: 6.0% Chinese, City of Unley: 6.0% Greek, City of Unley: 5.4% Indian, City of Unley: 2.4% Dutch, City of Unley: 1.2%
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, City of Unley: +719 Australian, City of Unley: -369 Irish, City of Unley: +316 Scottish, City of Unley: +370 German, City of Unley: +103 Italian, City of Unley: +123 Chinese, City of Unley: +627 Greek, City of Unley: -168 Indian, City of Unley: +249 Dutch, City of Unley: -17
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 City of Unley in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (13,905 people or 36.9%)
  • Australian (11,059 people or 29.3%)
  • Irish (3,894 people or 10.3%)
  • Scottish (3,794 people or 10.1%)
  • German (2,898 people or 7.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 35,550 responses in total, or 94.26% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the City of Unley and Greater Adelaide were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (5.4% compared to 2.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (10.3% compared to 8.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (6.0% compared to 3.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (10.1% compared to 8.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+719 persons)
  • Chinese (+627 persons)
  • Scottish (+370 persons)
  • Australian (-369 persons)

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