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Ancestry

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The three largest ancestries in the City of Whitehorse 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 City of Whitehorse 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 Whitehorse'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
City of Whitehorse - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
English
43,00026.526.642,47928.126.9+521
Australian
37,42323.124.041,10827.226.4-3,685
map this data in atlas.idChinese36,02922.27.924,13215.96.1+11,897
map this data in atlas.idIrish15,7279.79.114,6809.78.8+1,047
Scottish
12,8117.97.312,3298.17.2+482
Italian
7,3644.56.77,1954.87.0+169
Indian
6,4254.04.44,4763.03.2+1,949
Greek
6,0543.73.66,2174.13.9-163
German
4,8203.03.04,8583.23.0-38
Sinhalese
2,6511.61.51,9991.31.2+652
Vietnamese
2,4471.52.41,8801.22.0+567
Dutch
2,2251.41.52,3131.51.6-88
Korean
1,3570.80.41,0050.70.3+352
Filipino
1,2920.81.39710.61.1+321
Polish
1,2520.81.11,2460.81.1+6
Iranian
1,1230.70.46260.40.2+497
New Zealander
1,0270.60.79900.70.7+37
Malay
9060.60.34850.30.2+421
Welsh
8370.50.57200.50.5+117
French
8030.50.67730.50.5+30
Inadequately Described
7310.50.74410.30.4+290
Maltese
7160.41.57040.51.6+12
Hungarian
6940.40.47350.50.5-41
Croatian
6820.40.86910.50.9-9
South African
6670.40.46930.50.4-26
Japanese
6020.40.35040.30.2+98
Indonesian
6000.40.34930.30.3+107
Thai
5560.30.34150.30.2+141
Russian
5420.30.54870.30.5+55
Serbian
5410.30.65520.40.7-11
Spanish
5400.30.54610.30.5+79
Other Indian subcontinent
4840.30.42370.20.2+247
American
4680.30.34410.30.3+27
Pakistani
4080.30.42110.10.2+197
Khmer (Cambodian)
3840.20.43220.20.3+62
Cypriot
3710.20.33020.20.2+69
Austrian
3420.20.23790.30.2-37
Macedonian
3370.20.93930.31.0-56
Lebanese
3270.21.03500.21.0-23
Taiwanese
3070.20.11230.10.0+184
Egyptian
3010.20.32320.20.3+69
Swedish
2970.20.22780.20.1+19
Ukrainian
2940.20.32380.20.3+56
Latvian
2910.20.13110.20.1-20
Nepalese
2790.20.21450.10.1+134
Danish
2760.20.22590.20.2+17
Swiss
2740.20.12860.20.1-12
Mauritian
2600.20.32270.20.3+33
Canadian
2390.10.12520.20.1-13
Tamil
2380.10.23100.20.2-72
Bengali
2240.10.21290.10.1+95
Portuguese
2220.10.31750.10.2+47
Czech
2070.10.12180.10.1-11
Turkish
2020.10.81740.10.8+28
Burmese peoples
1990.10.31700.10.2+29
Slovene
1960.10.11850.10.1+11
Punjabi
1960.10.31230.10.1+73
Maori
1900.10.41950.10.4-5
Norwegian
1850.10.11800.10.1+5
Lao
1650.10.11280.10.1+37
Chilean
1540.10.21260.10.2+28
Romanian
1440.10.21620.10.2-18
Fijian
1430.10.21270.10.1+16
Armenian
1420.10.11410.10.1+1
Colombian
1320.10.1940.10.1+38
Anglo-Indian
1300.10.11330.10.1-3
Other Southern and East African
1240.10.11460.10.1-22
Lithuanian
1190.10.11220.10.1-3
Other Arab peoples
1010.10.1750.00.1+26
Other South American
990.10.1610.00.1+38
Other British
970.10.1480.00.0+49
Arab not further described
950.10.2810.10.2+14
Afghan
940.10.41020.10.2-8
Tongan
940.10.11090.10.1-15
Singaporean
900.10.0540.00.0+36
Finnish
900.10.11070.10.1-17
Zimbabwean
890.10.11150.10.0-26
Sudanese
840.10.3660.00.2+18
Jewish
840.10.2660.00.3+18
Other South-East Asian
810.10.01220.10.0-41
Other Central Asian
800.00.2470.00.1+33
Estonian
790.00.0860.10.0-7
Bosnian
770.00.2760.10.2+1
Other Eastern European
760.00.1480.00.1+28
Argentinian
720.00.1920.10.1-20
Australian Aboriginal
710.00.1490.00.1+22
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
710.00.2510.00.1+20
Samoan
680.00.4640.00.3+4
Central and West African
680.00.1450.00.1+23
Peruvian
670.00.0420.00.0+25
Belgian
640.00.0440.00.0+20
Bulgarian
630.00.0580.00.0+5
Slovak
600.00.1690.00.1-9
Other Northern Asian
600.00.0390.00.0+21
Brazilian
580.00.1400.00.0+18
Kurdish
570.00.1100.00.0+47
Other North-Western European
520.00.0510.00.0+1
Albanian
510.00.2350.00.2+16
Caribbean Islander
500.00.0470.00.0+3
Other North American
500.00.1390.00.0+11
Mexican
460.00.0250.00.0+21
Iraqi
450.00.3310.00.2+14
Papua New Guinean
380.00.0260.00.0+12
Syrian
350.00.1210.00.1+14
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
340.00.1390.00.0-5
Other Southern/South East European
340.00.100.00.0+34
Ethiopian
340.00.2160.00.1+18
Uruguayan
300.00.0290.00.0+1
Cook Islander
270.00.1250.00.1+2
Palestinian
260.00.1240.00.0+2
Seychellois
240.00.0280.00.0-4
Afrikaner
230.00.0150.00.0+8
Other Polynesian
190.00.0220.00.0-3
Timorese
190.00.1140.00.1+5
Salvadoran
160.00.1200.00.1-4
Assyrian/Chaldean
150.00.330.00.2+12
Native American (Indian)
150.00.0130.00.0+2
Other Central American
130.00.080.00.0+5
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Whitehorse - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Not stated6,8984.36.27,5735.06.4-675

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 Melbourne: 26.6% Australian, Greater Melbourne: 24.0% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 7.9% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 9.1% Scottish, Greater Melbourne: 7.3% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 6.7% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 4.4% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% German, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Sinhalese, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% English, City of Whitehorse: 26.5% Australian, City of Whitehorse: 23.1% Chinese, City of Whitehorse: 22.2% Irish, City of Whitehorse: 9.7% Scottish, City of Whitehorse: 7.9% Italian, City of Whitehorse: 4.5% Indian, City of Whitehorse: 4.0% Greek, City of Whitehorse: 3.7% German, City of Whitehorse: 3.0% Sinhalese, City of Whitehorse: 1.6%
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 Whitehorse: +521 Australian, City of Whitehorse: -3,685 Chinese, City of Whitehorse: +11,897 Irish, City of Whitehorse: +1,047 Scottish, City of Whitehorse: +482 Italian, City of Whitehorse: +169 Indian, City of Whitehorse: +1,949 Greek, City of Whitehorse: -163 German, City of Whitehorse: -38 Sinhalese, City of Whitehorse: +652
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 Whitehorse in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (43,000 people or 26.5%)
  • Australian (37,423 people or 23.1%)
  • Chinese (36,029 people or 22.2%)
  • Irish (15,727 people or 9.7%)
  • Scottish (12,811 people or 7.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 144,990 responses in total, or 89.46% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the City of Whitehorse and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (22.2% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.5% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (0.4% compared to 1.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+11,897 persons)
  • Australian (-3,685 persons)
  • Indian (+1,949 persons)
  • Irish (+1,047 persons)

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