Wollondilly Shire CouncilCommunity profile
census-message-logo

2016 Census data has been released and we are busy processing it to update this website. View our latest releases here.

Skip to content
census-message-logo

This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

The three largest ancestries in Wollondilly Shire in 2016 were Australian, English and Irish.

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 Wollondilly Shire 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 Wollondilly Shire'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
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Australian
22,26045.923.519,50645.125.7+2,754
English
18,84538.825.316,76838.825.8+2,077
map this data in atlas.idIrish5,16510.68.64,52810.58.3+637
map this data in atlas.idScottish4,2848.86.43,5518.26.3+733
Italian
2,2504.64.21,6843.94.2+566
German
1,7753.72.51,5003.52.5+275
Maltese
1,4483.01.21,1902.81.2+258
Dutch
6941.40.96421.51.0+52
Croatian
4490.90.83220.70.8+127
Greek
4340.92.43570.82.6+77
Lebanese
3960.83.32640.63.2+132
Chinese
3870.810.12510.68.2+136
New Zealander
3630.70.83430.80.8+20
Polish
3140.60.82800.60.8+34
Welsh
3130.60.52810.60.5+32
Serbian
2680.60.62220.50.6+46
Australian Aboriginal
2280.50.2980.20.2+130
French
2080.40.71850.40.6+23
Hungarian
1890.40.41790.40.4+10
Filipino
1860.42.11410.31.9+45
Spanish
1790.40.81160.30.7+63
Indian
1630.34.0860.22.9+77
Inadequately Described
1530.30.6840.20.4+69
Russian
1500.30.51370.30.5+13
South African
1420.30.61300.30.6+12
Maori
1420.30.51170.30.5+25
Austrian
1230.30.21210.30.2+2
Chilean
1150.20.3670.20.3+48
Portuguese
1140.20.5750.20.4+39
American
1130.20.3950.20.3+18
Danish
1060.20.2970.20.2+9
Swedish
930.20.2870.20.2+6
Ukrainian
900.20.2870.20.2+3
Macedonian
880.20.5500.10.6+38
Finnish
840.20.1820.20.1+2
Estonian
790.20.11250.30.1-46
Other South American
740.20.2410.10.2+33
Swiss
710.10.1470.10.1+24
Vietnamese
700.12.2460.11.8+24
Mauritian
650.10.2350.10.2+30
Fijian
650.10.5450.10.5+20
Egyptian
600.10.5250.10.5+35
Canadian
570.10.2700.20.2-13
Slovene
550.10.1460.10.1+9
Thai
530.10.5330.10.4+20
Czech
530.10.2460.10.2+7
Turkish
490.10.5340.10.5+15
Show me more!

Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated2,6665.56.32,4365.67.0+230

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, Greater Sydney: 23.5% English, Greater Sydney: 25.3% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Maltese, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Dutch, Greater Sydney: 0.9% Croatian, Greater Sydney: 0.8% Greek, Greater Sydney: 2.4% Australian, Wollondilly Shire: 45.9% English, Wollondilly Shire: 38.8% Irish, Wollondilly Shire: 10.6% Scottish, Wollondilly Shire: 8.8% Italian, Wollondilly Shire: 4.6% German, Wollondilly Shire: 3.7% Maltese, Wollondilly Shire: 3.0% Dutch, Wollondilly Shire: 1.4% Croatian, Wollondilly Shire: 0.9% Greek, Wollondilly Shire: 0.9%
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, Wollondilly Shire: +2,754 English, Wollondilly Shire: +2,077 Irish, Wollondilly Shire: +637 Scottish, Wollondilly Shire: +733 Italian, Wollondilly Shire: +566 German, Wollondilly Shire: +275 Maltese, Wollondilly Shire: +258 Dutch, Wollondilly Shire: +52 Croatian, Wollondilly Shire: +127 Greek, Wollondilly Shire: +77
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 Wollondilly Shire in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (22,260 people or 45.9%)
  • English (18,845 people or 38.8%)
  • Irish (5,165 people or 10.6%)
  • Scottish (4,284 people or 8.8%)
  • Italian (2,250 people or 4.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 52,804 responses in total, or 108.85% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Wollondilly Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (45.9% compared to 23.5%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (38.8% compared to 25.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (0.8% compared to 10.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Indian ancestry (0.3% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (+2,754 persons)
  • English (+2,077 persons)
  • Scottish (+733 persons)
  • Irish (+637 persons)

To continue building your demographic story go to...

v17.07.25-1.0.0