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The three largest ancestries in the Wimmera Region in 2016 were Australian, English and Scottish.

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 Wimmera Region 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 Wimmera Region'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
Wimmera Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Australian
15,19942.340.015,43442.440.9-235
English
14,52840.440.114,39639.539.9+132
map this data in atlas.idScottish4,04911.311.33,90810.710.9+141
German
3,94211.04.64,12111.34.6-179
map this data in atlas.idIrish3,67010.213.03,67310.112.6-3
Italian
7212.03.76521.83.6+69
Dutch
4421.22.25111.42.3-69
Indian
2520.70.71710.50.5+81
Burmese peoples
2060.60.1800.20.1+126
Filipino
2040.60.51370.40.4+67
Chinese
1900.51.01240.30.7+66
Welsh
1580.40.51430.40.5+15
French
1430.40.41290.40.4+14
Greek
1230.30.61000.30.5+23
Inadequately Described
1210.30.4670.20.3+54
Polish
1170.30.61320.40.6-15
New Zealander
810.20.5970.30.5-16
Maltese
740.20.6520.10.5+22
Australian Aboriginal
580.20.2520.10.2+6
Spanish
580.20.3350.10.2+23
South African
520.10.2380.10.2+14
Danish
510.10.2320.10.2+19
American
480.10.2530.10.2-5
Swedish
420.10.1360.10.1+6
Canadian
400.10.1250.10.1+15
Sinhalese
390.10.2280.10.1+11
Swiss
380.10.1460.10.1-8
Maori
370.10.2440.10.2-7
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Wimmera Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Not stated2,5317.07.92,4026.66.6+129

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 Australian, Regional VIC: 40.0% English, Regional VIC: 40.1% Scottish, Regional VIC: 11.3% German, Regional VIC: 4.6% Irish, Regional VIC: 13.0% Italian, Regional VIC: 3.7% Dutch, Regional VIC: 2.2% Indian, Regional VIC: 0.7% Burmese peoples, Regional VIC: 0.1% Filipino, Regional VIC: 0.5% Australian, Wimmera Region: 42.3% English, Wimmera Region: 40.4% Scottish, Wimmera Region: 11.3% German, Wimmera Region: 11.0% Irish, Wimmera Region: 10.2% Italian, Wimmera Region: 2.0% Dutch, Wimmera Region: 1.2% Indian, Wimmera Region: 0.7% Burmese peoples, Wimmera Region: 0.6% Filipino, Wimmera Region: 0.6%
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 Australian, Wimmera Region: -235 English, Wimmera Region: +132 Scottish, Wimmera Region: +141 German, Wimmera Region: -179 Irish, Wimmera Region: -3 Italian, Wimmera Region: +69 Dutch, Wimmera Region: -69 Indian, Wimmera Region: +81 Burmese peoples, Wimmera Region: +126 Filipino, Wimmera Region: +67
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 Wimmera Region in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (15,199 people or 42.3%)
  • English (14,528 people or 40.4%)
  • Scottish (4,049 people or 11.3%)
  • German (3,942 people or 11.0%)
  • Irish (3,670 people or 10.2%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 41,388 responses in total, or 115.12% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the Wimmera Region and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of people with German ancestry (11.0% compared to 4.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (42.3% compared to 40.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (10.2% compared to 13.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (2.0% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-235 persons)
  • German (-179 persons)
  • Scottish (+141 persons)
  • English (+132 persons)

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