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The three largest ancestries in West Ward in 2016 were Chinese, English 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 West Ward 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 West Ward'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
West Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Willoughby City %Number%Willoughby City %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChinese8,19737.124.15,15728.018.5+3,040
English
3,58816.224.43,70120.126.1-113
Australian
2,79412.620.23,07216.723.4-278
Korean
1,6647.53.61,5738.63.7+91
map this data in atlas.idIrish1,2955.99.51,2266.79.4+69
Indian
1,0194.63.55663.12.4+454
Scottish
1,0114.66.99285.07.1+83
Japanese
6533.02.64972.72.4+157
Italian
4532.13.23952.13.3+59
Filipino
3941.81.52581.41.1+136
German
3881.82.44112.22.6-23
Indonesian
1850.80.51410.80.4+44
Iranian
1840.80.81821.00.8+2
Armenian
1690.81.41941.11.6-25
Taiwanese
1620.70.5940.50.3+68
Thai
1510.70.71260.70.6+26
Vietnamese
1450.70.6560.30.3+89
French
1420.60.81010.50.7+41
Greek
1390.61.21540.81.3-14
New Zealander
1320.60.91510.81.2-19
Spanish
1280.60.5920.50.5+36
South African
1200.50.71230.70.7-3
Dutch
1170.50.91550.81.1-38
Polish
1060.50.81260.70.8-20
Russian
1030.50.61080.60.6-5
Welsh
960.40.6740.40.6+22
Croatian
820.40.9800.41.0+2
Malay
800.40.3430.20.2+37
Lebanese
790.40.8960.50.8-17
Nepalese
770.30.5770.40.40
American
680.30.4950.50.6-27
Hungarian
600.30.51000.50.6-40
Inadequately Described
450.20.4430.20.3+2
Sinhalese
440.20.3250.10.3+19
Colombian
430.20.2100.10.1+33
Pakistani
410.20.2270.10.1+14
Egyptian
380.20.2340.20.1+4
Maltese
350.20.2350.20.20
Canadian
300.10.3310.20.3-1
Maori
290.10.1150.10.2+14
Serbian
290.10.3530.30.3-24
Portuguese
280.10.2300.20.2-2
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
270.10.1260.10.1+1
Arab not further described
270.10.1170.10.1+10
Bengali
250.10.1130.10.1+12
Other Indian subcontinent
240.10.1290.20.1-5
Romanian
230.10.1290.20.1-6
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
West Ward - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Willoughby City %Number%Willoughby City %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,2335.65.11,1266.15.3+107

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 Chinese, Willoughby City: 24.1% English, Willoughby City: 24.4% Australian, Willoughby City: 20.2% Korean, Willoughby City: 3.6% Irish, Willoughby City: 9.5% Indian, Willoughby City: 3.5% Scottish, Willoughby City: 6.9% Japanese, Willoughby City: 2.6% Italian, Willoughby City: 3.2% Filipino, Willoughby City: 1.5% Chinese, West Ward: 37.1% English, West Ward: 16.2% Australian, West Ward: 12.6% Korean, West Ward: 7.5% Irish, West Ward: 5.9% Indian, West Ward: 4.6% Scottish, West Ward: 4.6% Japanese, West Ward: 3.0% Italian, West Ward: 2.1% Filipino, West Ward: 1.8%
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 Chinese, West Ward: +3,040 English, West Ward: -113 Australian, West Ward: -278 Korean, West Ward: +91 Irish, West Ward: +69 Indian, West Ward: +454 Scottish, West Ward: +83 Japanese, West Ward: +157 Italian, West Ward: +59 Filipino, West Ward: +136
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 West Ward in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Chinese (8,197 people or 37.1%)
  • English (3,588 people or 16.2%)
  • Australian (2,794 people or 12.6%)
  • Korean (1,664 people or 7.5%)
  • Irish (1,295 people or 5.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 17,538 responses in total, or 79.31% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in West Ward and Willoughby City were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (37.1% compared to 24.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Korean ancestry (7.5% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (16.2% compared to 24.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (12.6% compared to 20.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Chinese (+3,040 persons)
  • Indian (+454 persons)
  • Australian (-278 persons)
  • Japanese (+157 persons)

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