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The three largest ancestries in Wollongong City in 2016 were English, Australian 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 Wollongong 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 Wollongong 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
Wollongong City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
English
72,78635.740.865,17633.940.4+7,610
Australian
70,59234.742.568,04135.443.1+2,551
map this data in atlas.idIrish22,20210.912.318,5149.611.7+3,688
map this data in atlas.idScottish19,6909.710.517,2849.010.0+2,406
Italian
12,1166.02.611,5156.02.5+601
German
7,6123.74.36,9003.64.2+712
Macedonian
6,5943.20.56,4523.40.5+142
Chinese
5,1322.51.04,2012.20.8+931
Dutch
3,4561.71.33,3791.81.3+77
Greek
3,2311.60.63,0581.60.6+173
Serbian
2,4481.20.32,3091.20.3+139
Maltese
2,1301.00.51,8531.00.4+277
Indian
2,1281.00.71,2610.70.4+867
Welsh
1,9320.90.71,7470.90.7+185
Portuguese
1,9020.90.21,7320.90.2+170
Lebanese
1,8640.90.21,6410.90.2+223
Croatian
1,8390.90.31,7640.90.3+75
Spanish
1,7120.80.31,6100.80.3+102
Polish
1,6390.80.61,5510.80.5+88
Filipino
1,5790.80.61,2370.60.4+342
New Zealander
1,4670.70.61,1890.60.6+278
Vietnamese
1,2320.60.28220.40.1+410
Turkish
1,1630.60.11,1360.60.1+27
French
1,0950.50.58740.50.4+221
Maori
8580.40.37500.40.3+108
Inadequately Described
8500.40.35380.30.2+312
Chilean
8370.40.18300.40.1+7
Australian Aboriginal
8020.40.85500.30.6+252
Hungarian
7300.40.26810.40.2+49
Arab not further described
6480.30.13260.20.0+322
Thai
6280.30.24630.20.1+165
Austrian
5850.30.25400.30.2+45
Russian
5540.30.24080.20.2+146
American
5480.30.25870.30.3-39
South African
5270.30.24120.20.2+115
Danish
4730.20.23950.20.2+78
Ukrainian
4700.20.14440.20.1+26
Iranian
4310.20.13680.20.0+63
Syrian
4260.20.0960.00.0+330
Korean
3960.20.12730.10.1+123
Sinhalese
3820.20.12970.20.1+85
Cypriot
3740.20.02500.10.0+124
Finnish
3640.20.13200.20.1+44
Canadian
3510.20.13090.20.1+42
Slovene
3490.20.13380.20.1+11
Indonesian
3380.20.12930.20.1+45
Burmese peoples
3340.20.12160.10.0+118
Tongan
3220.20.12760.10.1+46
Swedish
3210.20.22620.10.2+59
Norwegian
3200.20.12320.10.1+88
Central and West African
3180.20.12250.10.0+93
Pakistani
3120.20.11790.10.0+133
Other Arab peoples
3080.20.03480.20.0-40
Iraqi
3020.10.0840.00.0+218
Cook Islander
2850.10.01840.10.0+101
Japanese
2790.10.12270.10.1+52
Fijian
2770.10.12050.10.1+72
Latvian
2490.10.12210.10.1+28
Other Southern and East African
2300.10.01620.10.0+68
Egyptian
2230.10.11510.10.0+72
Bosnian
2180.10.01850.10.0+33
Other South American
2130.10.01340.10.0+79
Czech
2120.10.12070.10.1+5
Albanian
2100.10.01920.10.0+18
Samoan
1940.10.11340.10.1+60
Malay
1780.10.01510.10.0+27
Swiss
1770.10.11520.10.1+25
Uruguayan
1520.10.01350.10.0+17
Assyrian/Chaldean
1500.10.0450.00.0+105
Lithuanian
1460.10.01350.10.0+11
Bengali
1410.10.1860.00.0+55
Estonian
1270.10.01280.10.0-1
Argentinian
1210.10.0760.00.0+45
Brazilian
1150.10.0620.00.0+53
Peruvian
1080.10.0600.00.0+48
Nepalese
1050.10.1470.00.0+58
Other British
1010.00.0710.00.0+30
Other North-Western European
1000.00.0640.00.0+36
Belgian
980.00.0780.00.0+20
Other Polynesian
960.00.0410.00.0+55
Slovak
940.00.0780.00.0+16
Other Middle-Eastern peoples
930.00.0430.00.0+50
Zimbabwean
880.00.0330.00.0+55
Romanian
860.00.0750.00.0+11
Lao
830.00.0590.00.0+24
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
780.00.0940.00.1-16
Palestinian
770.00.0320.00.0+45
Other Indian subcontinent
740.00.1450.00.0+29
Caribbean Islander
740.00.0460.00.0+28
Mauritian
730.00.0540.00.0+19
Other Eastern European
720.00.0740.00.0-2
Other Southern/South East European
710.00.000.00.0+71
Jewish
700.00.0450.00.0+25
Afghan
700.00.0150.00.0+55
Colombian
690.00.0450.00.0+24
Kurdish
670.00.0250.00.0+42
Mexican
660.00.0410.00.0+25
Papua New Guinean
640.00.0380.00.0+26
Other South-East Asian
620.00.0490.00.0+13
Other North American
620.00.0640.00.0-2
Khmer (Cambodian)
590.00.0470.00.0+12
Armenian
590.00.0330.00.0+26
Taiwanese
530.00.0250.00.0+28
Other Central American
500.00.0440.00.0+6
Bulgarian
450.00.0360.00.0+9
Sudanese
420.00.0360.00.0+6
Other Central Asian
390.00.0300.00.0+9
Eritrean
370.00.080.00.0+29
Tamil
370.00.0320.00.0+5
Salvadoran
350.00.0300.00.0+5
Jordanian
340.00.0240.00.0+10
Other Northern Asian
310.00.0330.00.0-2
Australian South Sea Islander
300.00.050.00.0+25
Anglo-Indian
280.00.0230.00.0+5
Native American (Indian)
250.00.0280.00.0-3
Singaporean
240.00.0100.00.0+14
Ethiopian
230.00.0320.00.0-9
Afrikaner
200.00.0130.00.0+7
Punjabi
170.00.030.00.0+14
Timorese
120.00.030.00.0+9
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Wollongong City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Not stated10,8745.37.611,0795.86.7-205

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, Regional NSW: 40.8% Australian, Regional NSW: 42.5% Irish, Regional NSW: 12.3% Scottish, Regional NSW: 10.5% Italian, Regional NSW: 2.6% German, Regional NSW: 4.3% Macedonian, Regional NSW: 0.5% Chinese, Regional NSW: 1.0% Dutch, Regional NSW: 1.3% Greek, Regional NSW: 0.6% English, Wollongong City: 35.7% Australian, Wollongong City: 34.7% Irish, Wollongong City: 10.9% Scottish, Wollongong City: 9.7% Italian, Wollongong City: 6.0% German, Wollongong City: 3.7% Macedonian, Wollongong City: 3.2% Chinese, Wollongong City: 2.5% Dutch, Wollongong City: 1.7% Greek, Wollongong City: 1.6%
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 English, Wollongong City: +7,610 Australian, Wollongong City: +2,551 Irish, Wollongong City: +3,688 Scottish, Wollongong City: +2,406 Italian, Wollongong City: +601 German, Wollongong City: +712 Macedonian, Wollongong City: +142 Chinese, Wollongong City: +931 Dutch, Wollongong City: +77 Greek, Wollongong City: +173
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 Wollongong City in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (72,786 people or 35.7%)
  • Australian (70,592 people or 34.7%)
  • Irish (22,202 people or 10.9%)
  • Scottish (19,690 people or 9.7%)
  • Italian (12,116 people or 6.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 197,386 responses in total, or 96.94% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Wollongong City and Regional NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (6.0% compared to 2.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Macedonian ancestry (3.2% compared to 0.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (34.7% compared to 42.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (35.7% compared to 40.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+7,610 persons)
  • Irish (+3,688 persons)
  • Australian (+2,551 persons)
  • Scottish (+2,406 persons)

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