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The three largest ancestries in Wollondilly Shire in 2011 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)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Australian
19,50645.125.719,52448.429.5-18
English
16,76838.825.814,18835.224.6+2,580
map this data in atlas.idIrish4,52810.58.33,7719.37.9+757
map this data in atlas.idScottish3,5518.26.32,8857.25.9+666
Italian
1,6843.94.21,4483.64.2+236
German
1,5003.52.51,3373.32.5+163
Maltese
1,1902.81.29942.51.3+196
Dutch
6421.51.06321.61.0+10
Greek
3570.82.63050.82.7+52
New Zealander
3430.80.83540.90.8-11
Croatian
3220.70.82560.60.8+66
Welsh
2810.60.52420.60.5+39
Polish
2800.60.82150.50.8+65
Lebanese
2640.63.22490.63.1+15
Chinese
2510.68.21970.57.1+54
Serbian
2220.50.62150.50.7+7
French
1850.40.61620.40.6+23
Hungarian
1790.40.41670.40.5+12
Filipino
1410.31.91140.31.6+27
Russian
1370.30.51090.30.5+28
South African
1300.30.6980.20.5+32
Estonian
1250.30.11450.40.1-20
Austrian
1210.30.21320.30.2-11
Maori
1170.30.5800.20.6+37
Spanish
1160.30.71030.30.7+13
Australian Aboriginal
980.20.21180.30.2-20
Danish
970.20.2960.20.2+1
American
950.20.31020.30.3-7
Swedish
870.20.2620.20.2+25
Ukrainian
870.20.21000.20.2-13
Indian
860.22.9900.22.2-4
Inadequately Described
840.20.4460.10.3+38
Finnish
820.20.1850.20.1-3
Portuguese
750.20.4700.20.4+5
Canadian
700.20.2480.10.2+22
Chilean
670.20.3500.10.3+17
Macedonian
500.10.6240.10.5+26
Swiss
470.10.1490.10.1-2
Czech
460.10.2430.10.2+3
Vietnamese
460.11.8110.01.6+35
Slovene
460.10.1410.10.1+5
Fijian
450.10.5210.10.2+24
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Not stated2,4365.67.02,6956.79.1-259

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2011
Ancestry, 2011 Australian, Greater Sydney: 25.7% English, Greater Sydney: 25.8% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.3% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.3% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% German, Greater Sydney: 2.5% Maltese, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Dutch, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Greek, Greater Sydney: 2.6% New Zealander, Greater Sydney: 0.8% Australian, Wollondilly Shire: 45.1% English, Wollondilly Shire: 38.8% Irish, Wollondilly Shire: 10.5% Scottish, Wollondilly Shire: 8.2% Italian, Wollondilly Shire: 3.9% German, Wollondilly Shire: 3.5% Maltese, Wollondilly Shire: 2.8% Dutch, Wollondilly Shire: 1.5% Greek, Wollondilly Shire: 0.8% New Zealander, Wollondilly Shire: 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 Australian, Wollondilly Shire: -18 English, Wollondilly Shire: +2,580 Irish, Wollondilly Shire: +757 Scottish, Wollondilly Shire: +666 Italian, Wollondilly Shire: +236 German, Wollondilly Shire: +163 Maltese, Wollondilly Shire: +196 Dutch, Wollondilly Shire: +10 Greek, Wollondilly Shire: +52 New Zealander, Wollondilly Shire: -11
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (19,506 people or 45.1%)
  • English (16,768 people or 38.8%)
  • Irish (4,528 people or 10.5%)
  • Scottish (3,551 people or 8.2%)
  • Italian (1,684 people or 3.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 46,037 responses in total, or 106.42% 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 (45.1% compared to 25.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people with English ancestry (38.8% compared to 25.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (0.6% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Indian ancestry (0.2% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • English (+2,580 persons)
  • Irish (+757 persons)
  • Scottish (+666 persons)
  • Italian (+236 persons)

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