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The three largest ancestries in the City of West Torrens in 2011 were English, Australian and Italian.

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 West Torrens 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 West Torrens'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 West Torrens - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
English
15,31927.937.314,03226.935.5+1,287
Australian
14,57726.532.316,13030.936.2-1,553
map this data in atlas.idItalian5,0849.36.94,9289.56.9+156
map this data in atlas.idGreek5,0789.22.85,24610.13.0-168
Irish
4,2127.77.63,9717.67.2+241
Scottish
3,6756.77.83,2916.37.3+384
German
3,2505.96.83,1036.06.7+147
Chinese
2,8075.12.91,9173.72.1+890
Indian
1,8473.41.65111.00.7+1,336
Polish
6951.31.36771.31.4+18
Dutch
6481.21.76511.21.7-3
Filipino
6111.10.84440.90.6+167
Serbian
3870.70.63980.80.6-11
Vietnamese
3470.61.32410.51.1+106
Croatian
3450.60.53190.60.6+26
Maltese
3140.60.53400.70.5-26
Cypriot
2830.50.21260.20.1+157
Welsh
2680.50.72640.50.7+4
French
2490.50.42250.40.4+24
Inadequately Described
2490.50.41970.40.3+52
Lebanese
2450.40.41830.40.4+62
Hungarian
2100.40.42120.40.4-2
Korean
2050.40.31430.30.2+62
New Zealander
1840.30.41900.40.4-6
Spanish
1830.30.31740.30.3+9
Russian
1810.30.41650.30.4+16
Malay
1790.30.2630.10.1+116
Ukrainian
1700.30.41680.30.4+2
Other Indian subcontinent
1620.30.2250.00.0+137
Bengali
1560.30.1370.10.0+119
Afghan
1460.30.21780.30.1-32
Iranian
1460.30.21360.30.2+10
Sinhalese
1380.30.2570.10.2+81
Bosnian
1290.20.11480.30.1-19
Egyptian
1250.20.1660.10.1+59
Indonesian
1240.20.1780.10.1+46
Japanese
1220.20.2900.20.1+32
Thai
1220.20.1820.20.1+40
Central and West African
1160.20.11040.20.1+12
Khmer (Cambodian)
1150.20.3860.20.3+29
Arab not further described
1140.20.1440.10.0+70
South African
1140.20.31090.20.3+5
Latvian
1130.20.21160.20.2-3
Nepalese
1090.20.160.00.0+103
Austrian
1080.20.21020.20.2+6
American
1080.20.21020.20.2+6
Sudanese
1030.20.21790.30.2-76
Pakistani
990.20.1750.10.0+24
Macedonian
940.20.1730.10.1+21
Australian Aboriginal
940.20.2840.20.2+10
Other Central Asian
900.20.1390.10.1+51
Danish
890.20.21020.20.2-13
Punjabi
860.20.190.00.0+77
Slovene
840.20.1950.20.1-11
Other Southern and East African
820.10.2700.10.1+12
Portuguese
820.10.1720.10.1+10
Swedish
790.10.2690.10.2+10
Canadian
760.10.1440.10.1+32
Romanian
740.10.1770.10.1-3
Maori
730.10.2630.10.2+10
Iraqi
680.10.1320.10.0+36
Czech
630.10.1690.10.1-6
Lithuanian
620.10.1840.20.1-22
Ethiopian
610.10.01160.20.0-55
Chilean
600.10.1280.10.1+32
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of West Torrens - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Adelaide %Number%Greater Adelaide %2006 to 2011
Not stated3,0745.65.43,3996.56.3-325

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 English, Greater Adelaide: 37.3% Australian, Greater Adelaide: 32.3% Italian, Greater Adelaide: 6.9% Greek, Greater Adelaide: 2.8% Irish, Greater Adelaide: 7.6% Scottish, Greater Adelaide: 7.8% German, Greater Adelaide: 6.8% Chinese, Greater Adelaide: 2.9% Indian, Greater Adelaide: 1.6% Polish, Greater Adelaide: 1.3% English, City of West Torrens: 27.9% Australian, City of West Torrens: 26.5% Italian, City of West Torrens: 9.3% Greek, City of West Torrens: 9.2% Irish, City of West Torrens: 7.7% Scottish, City of West Torrens: 6.7% German, City of West Torrens: 5.9% Chinese, City of West Torrens: 5.1% Indian, City of West Torrens: 3.4% Polish, City of West Torrens: 1.3%
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 English, City of West Torrens: +1,287 Australian, City of West Torrens: -1,553 Italian, City of West Torrens: +156 Greek, City of West Torrens: -168 Irish, City of West Torrens: +241 Scottish, City of West Torrens: +384 German, City of West Torrens: +147 Chinese, City of West Torrens: +890 Indian, City of West Torrens: +1,336 Polish, City of West Torrens: +18
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 City of West Torrens in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (15,319 people or 27.9%)
  • Australian (14,577 people or 26.5%)
  • Italian (5,084 people or 9.3%)
  • Greek (5,078 people or 9.2%)
  • Irish (4,212 people or 7.7%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 44,270 responses in total, or 80.55% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (9.2% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (9.3% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (27.9% compared to 37.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (26.5% compared to 32.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-1,553 persons)
  • Indian (+1,336 persons)
  • English (+1,287 persons)
  • Chinese (+890 persons)

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