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The three largest ancestries in the WSROC Region in 2016 were Australian, English and Chinese.

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 WSROC 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 WSROC 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
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Australian317,87320.923.5317,14123.125.7+732
English300,79519.825.3282,25220.625.8+18,542
Chinese129,1848.510.1101,7237.48.2+27,460
Indian105,7917.04.067,5004.92.9+38,290
Irish88,9805.98.679,1725.88.3+9,807
Scottish67,7354.56.461,5344.56.3+6,200
Lebanese63,3514.23.355,1744.03.2+8,177
Vietnamese58,4103.82.244,6033.21.8+13,807
Italian56,5523.74.253,6963.94.2+2,855
Filipino54,9773.62.147,0653.41.9+7,911
Maltese30,8112.01.230,2262.21.2+584
German30,4242.02.527,7012.02.5+2,723
Assyrian/Chaldean27,8061.80.619,5981.40.5+8,208
Korean20,0611.31.313,7661.01.1+6,295
Iraqi18,7051.20.511,9340.90.3+6,770
Greek18,1871.22.417,0031.22.6+1,184
Turkish15,3181.00.514,5571.10.5+760
Croatian15,2711.00.815,1431.10.8+127
Serbian14,8811.00.614,8271.10.6+54
Samoan14,6221.00.511,1510.80.4+3,471
Fijian14,2820.90.511,6370.80.5+2,644
Spanish13,8000.90.811,9280.90.7+1,871
Pakistani13,7150.90.57,6460.60.3+6,069
Sinhalese12,8240.80.69,6610.70.5+3,163
Khmer (Cambodian)11,9960.80.39,3620.70.3+2,634
Afghan11,6140.80.37,3550.50.2+4,258
Dutch11,4000.80.912,1180.91.0-719
Inadequately Described11,2780.70.66,2620.50.4+5,015
Polish10,9370.70.811,0050.80.8-69
Nepalese10,0330.70.74,1170.30.4+5,916
Arab not further described9,9710.70.47,2410.50.3+2,730
Maori9,8910.70.59,3340.70.5+557
Iranian9,3100.60.54,9710.40.3+4,339
New Zealander8,8710.60.87,6710.60.8+1,199
Egyptian8,7970.60.56,8440.50.5+1,952
Other Indian subcontinent8,7090.60.35,8940.40.2+2,814
Tongan8,6900.60.36,5560.50.3+2,134
Tamil7,6650.50.25,6490.40.2+2,016
Bengali7,0930.50.64,4120.30.4+2,681
Chilean6,1750.40.35,5110.40.3+663
Macedonian5,9990.40.55,4460.40.6+553
Russian5,6730.40.55,0220.40.5+651
French5,6180.40.74,7430.30.6+874
Indonesian5,0390.30.53,7630.30.4+1,275
Punjabi5,0240.30.12,0840.20.1+2,940
Thai4,9890.30.53,1930.20.4+1,796
Sudanese4,9690.30.14,3490.30.1+620
Syrian4,7290.30.23,2400.20.2+1,488
Lao4,6920.30.24,0870.30.1+605
Welsh4,6850.30.54,3260.30.5+358
Portuguese4,6540.30.53,4710.30.4+1,183
Hungarian4,5950.30.44,7340.30.4-140
Other Central Asian4,5610.30.12,6980.20.1+1,863
Central and West African4,4490.30.22,7660.20.1+1,683
Australian Aboriginal4,1840.30.23,1980.20.2+986
South African4,1380.30.63,8380.30.6+300
Other Middle-Eastern peoples3,8400.30.22,5060.20.1+1,334
Armenian3,5180.20.32,9670.20.3+550
Palestinian3,4030.20.22,3800.20.1+1,023
Burmese peoples3,3300.20.12,4850.20.1+844
Kurdish3,0680.20.12,3080.20.1+760
Bosnian2,9850.20.12,6830.20.1+302
Other South American2,9520.20.22,8980.20.2+53
Ukrainian2,7900.20.22,6610.20.2+129
Mauritian2,7850.20.22,8060.20.2-21
Cook Islander2,7380.20.12,1270.20.1+611
American2,5040.20.32,4020.20.3+101
Uruguayan2,3670.20.12,3540.20.1+12
Malay2,2670.10.21,5160.10.1+751
Austrian2,2360.10.22,2580.20.2-23
Cypriot2,1260.10.21,6330.10.2+493
Peruvian2,1230.10.11,8460.10.1+277
Other Polynesian2,0450.10.11,2750.10.1+770
Japanese1,9490.10.41,3880.10.3+561
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)1,8280.10.11,8310.10.1-3
Jordanian1,7400.10.11,5340.10.1+206
Argentinian1,6810.10.11,6000.10.1+80
Danish1,6640.10.21,6180.10.2+45
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Not stated95,6456.36.397,5607.17.0-1,915

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% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 10.1% Indian, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.4% Lebanese, Greater Sydney: 3.3% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% Filipino, Greater Sydney: 2.1% Australian, WSROC Region: 20.9% English, WSROC Region: 19.8% Chinese, WSROC Region: 8.5% Indian, WSROC Region: 7.0% Irish, WSROC Region: 5.9% Scottish, WSROC Region: 4.5% Lebanese, WSROC Region: 4.2% Vietnamese, WSROC Region: 3.8% Italian, WSROC Region: 3.7% Filipino, WSROC Region: 3.6%
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, WSROC Region: +732 English, WSROC Region: +18,542 Chinese, WSROC Region: +27,460 Indian, WSROC Region: +38,290 Irish, WSROC Region: +9,807 Scottish, WSROC Region: +6,200 Lebanese, WSROC Region: +8,177 Vietnamese, WSROC Region: +13,807 Italian, WSROC Region: +2,855 Filipino, WSROC Region: +7,911
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 WSROC Region in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (317,873 people or 20.9%)
  • English (300,795 people or 19.8%)
  • Chinese (129,184 people or 8.5%)
  • Indian (105,791 people or 7.0%)
  • Irish (88,980 people or 5.9%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 942,623 responses in total, or 62.02% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the WSROC Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Indian ancestry (7.0% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (19.8% compared to 25.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (5.9% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (20.9% compared to 23.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Indian (+38,290 persons)
  • Chinese (+27,460 persons)
  • English (+18,542 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+13,807 persons)

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