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The three largest ancestries in Willoughby City in 2016 were English, Chinese and Australian.

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 Willoughby City 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 Willoughby City'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
Willoughby City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
English
18,11824.425.317,61326.125.8+505
map this data in atlas.idChinese17,93224.110.112,44018.58.2+5,492
Australian
14,99820.223.515,77023.425.7-772
map this data in atlas.idIrish7,0619.58.66,3309.48.3+731
Scottish
5,1176.96.44,7907.16.3+327
Korean
2,6793.61.32,5203.71.1+159
Indian
2,5643.54.01,6292.42.9+935
Italian
2,3553.24.22,2173.34.2+138
Japanese
1,8982.60.41,6412.40.3+257
German
1,8102.42.51,7462.62.5+64
Filipino
1,0861.52.17621.11.9+324
Armenian
1,0401.40.31,0781.60.3-38
Greek
8961.22.48611.32.6+35
New Zealander
6950.90.88161.20.8-121
Dutch
6860.90.97131.11.0-27
Croatian
6790.90.86481.00.8+31
Iranian
6290.80.55090.80.3+120
French
5830.80.74820.70.6+101
Lebanese
5740.83.35470.83.2+27
Polish
5580.80.85060.80.8+52
Thai
5550.70.53990.60.4+156
South African
4840.70.64840.70.60
Russian
4620.60.53930.60.5+69
Vietnamese
4330.62.22280.31.8+205
Welsh
4250.60.53850.60.5+40
Spanish
4060.50.83360.50.7+70
Nepalese
4030.50.72870.40.4+116
Indonesian
3920.50.52780.40.4+114
Taiwanese
3850.50.12220.30.1+163
Hungarian
3820.50.44210.60.4-39
Inadequately Described
3150.40.62100.30.4+105
American
2870.40.33980.60.3-111
Sinhalese
2410.30.62100.30.5+31
Malay
2350.30.21580.20.1+77
Serbian
2150.30.62230.30.6-8
Canadian
1940.30.22000.30.2-6
Austrian
1920.30.22170.30.2-25
Maltese
1830.21.21620.21.2+21
Portuguese
1790.20.51140.20.4+65
Danish
1700.20.21810.30.2-11
Swiss
1620.20.11630.20.1-1
Swedish
1580.20.21390.20.2+19
Pakistani
1410.20.5810.10.3+60
Macedonian
1360.20.51410.20.6-5
Czech
1350.20.21430.20.2-8
Ukrainian
1210.20.21110.20.2+10
Colombian
1140.20.1610.10.1+53
Egyptian
1120.20.51000.10.5+12
Jewish
1120.20.11690.30.2-57
Other Indian subcontinent
1010.10.3590.10.2+42
Norwegian
950.10.1840.10.1+11
Chilean
950.10.3610.10.3+34
Brazilian
940.10.2930.10.1+1
Maori
890.10.51040.20.5-15
Other South American
870.10.2780.10.2+9
Romanian
830.10.1690.10.1+14
Other Eastern European
820.10.1400.10.1+42
Turkish
810.10.5790.10.5+2
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
800.10.2700.10.1+10
Finnish
800.10.1770.10.1+3
Lithuanian
780.10.1600.10.1+18
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Willoughby City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated3,7845.16.33,5815.37.0+203

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% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 10.1% Australian, Greater Sydney: 23.5% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Korean, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Indian, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% Japanese, Greater Sydney: 0.4% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% English, Willoughby City: 24.4% Chinese, Willoughby City: 24.1% Australian, Willoughby City: 20.2% Irish, Willoughby City: 9.5% Scottish, Willoughby City: 6.9% Korean, Willoughby City: 3.6% Indian, Willoughby City: 3.5% Italian, Willoughby City: 3.2% Japanese, Willoughby City: 2.6% German, Willoughby City: 2.4%
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, Willoughby City: +505 Chinese, Willoughby City: +5,492 Australian, Willoughby City: -772 Irish, Willoughby City: +731 Scottish, Willoughby City: +327 Korean, Willoughby City: +159 Indian, Willoughby City: +935 Italian, Willoughby City: +138 Japanese, Willoughby City: +257 German, Willoughby City: +64
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 Willoughby City in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (18,118 people or 24.4%)
  • Chinese (17,932 people or 24.1%)
  • Australian (14,998 people or 20.2%)
  • Irish (7,061 people or 9.5%)
  • Scottish (5,117 people or 6.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 63,226 responses in total, or 85.09% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Willoughby City and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (24.1% compared to 10.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Korean ancestry (3.6% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (20.2% compared to 23.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Lebanese ancestry (0.8% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+5,492 persons)
  • Indian (+935 persons)
  • Australian (-772 persons)
  • Irish (+731 persons)

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