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The three largest ancestries in the WSROC Region in 2011 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.

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)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Australian365,02821.625.7396,25725.229.5-31,228
English323,08919.125.8298,37119.024.6+24,718
Chinese133,4717.98.2113,2897.27.1+20,182
Lebanese102,1356.03.291,7855.83.1+10,351
Irish92,3335.58.384,6285.47.9+7,704
Indian73,9184.42.951,3113.32.2+22,607
Scottish70,2014.16.363,6384.05.9+6,563
Italian67,6054.04.266,3744.24.2+1,231
Vietnamese64,7363.81.852,9553.41.6+11,781
Filipino51,4443.01.942,0172.71.6+9,427
Greek39,6142.32.639,2602.52.7+355
Maltese32,2121.91.231,5312.01.3+680
German31,7441.92.530,9122.02.5+833
Assyrian/Chaldean19,8991.20.515,6731.00.4+4,226
Korean18,1141.11.114,0790.90.9+4,036
Croatian16,8801.00.816,5161.10.8+364
Turkish16,0290.90.514,8080.90.5+1,221
Serbian15,9790.90.615,9781.00.7+2
Spanish13,6590.80.713,3720.90.7+286
Fijian13,5320.80.55,8200.40.2+7,712
Iraqi13,3750.80.38,1510.50.2+5,224
Samoan13,1680.80.410,8270.70.4+2,341
Dutch13,1210.81.013,3190.81.0-198
Polish12,7870.80.813,1700.80.8-383
Maori11,1960.70.510,3100.70.6+886
Arab not further described11,0240.70.38,0960.50.3+2,928
Pakistani10,6510.60.36,1880.40.2+4,463
Sinhalese10,2980.60.59,6240.60.5+674
Egyptian9,9780.60.58,1300.50.4+1,848
Macedonian9,8440.60.68,9660.60.5+878
Bengali9,7210.60.44,9790.30.3+4,742
Khmer (Cambodian)9,6770.60.37,6590.50.2+2,018
New Zealander8,9040.50.88,5400.50.8+364
Tongan7,9700.50.35,9960.40.2+1,974
Inadequately Described7,6980.50.45,7990.40.3+1,899
Afghan7,6860.50.26,4860.40.2+1,200
Portuguese6,7670.40.46,3280.40.4+439
Indonesian6,7420.40.44,7050.30.3+2,037
Other Indian subcontinent6,6500.40.22,9960.20.1+3,654
Chilean6,2470.40.35,8350.40.3+412
Syrian5,9700.40.24,5460.30.1+1,424
Tamil5,8300.30.22,5630.20.1+3,267
Russian5,7550.30.55,5890.40.5+166
French5,7110.30.65,8750.40.6-164
Nepalese5,6350.30.41,1220.10.1+4,513
Hungarian5,4380.30.45,5540.40.5-117
Iranian5,3380.30.33,9400.30.2+1,398
Welsh4,8940.30.54,8920.30.5+1
Sudanese4,7490.30.14,2590.30.1+490
South African4,2970.30.63,6270.20.5+670
Lao4,2700.30.13,8710.20.1+399
Palestinian4,0830.20.13,4340.20.1+649
Thai4,0320.20.42,7900.20.2+1,242
Central and West African3,7450.20.12,4490.20.1+1,296
Mauritian3,6620.20.23,2120.20.1+450
Australian Aboriginal3,6000.20.22,8770.20.2+723
Other South American3,4300.20.23,2300.20.2+200
Armenian3,3340.20.32,9730.20.3+360
Cypriot3,2280.20.21,5460.10.1+1,682
Burmese peoples3,1630.20.12,0660.10.1+1,097
Bosnian3,1160.20.12,8800.20.1+236
Ukrainian3,0880.20.23,5150.20.2-427
Other Central Asian2,9890.20.19950.10.0+1,994
Other Middle-Eastern peoples2,9760.20.11,8790.10.1+1,097
Cook Islander2,9200.20.12,4980.20.1+422
American2,7650.20.32,6610.20.3+104
Austrian2,5560.20.22,6340.20.2-78
Uruguayan2,5540.20.12,4890.20.1+64
Kurdish2,5220.10.12,2470.10.1+275
Punjabi2,2410.10.11,5320.10.1+709
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)2,2330.10.11,7510.10.1+482
Jordanian2,1600.10.11,7190.10.1+441
Peruvian2,1240.10.11,7280.10.1+396
Malay1,8870.10.11,6320.10.1+255
Danish1,8590.10.21,9810.10.2-122
Japanese1,8390.10.31,4470.10.3+392
Argentinian1,7890.10.11,8890.10.1-101
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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)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Not stated124,2247.37.0144,1509.29.1-19,926

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% Chinese, Greater Sydney: 8.2% Lebanese, Greater Sydney: 3.2% Irish, Greater Sydney: 8.3% Indian, Greater Sydney: 2.9% Scottish, Greater Sydney: 6.3% Italian, Greater Sydney: 4.2% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Filipino, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Australian, WSROC Region: 21.6% English, WSROC Region: 19.1% Chinese, WSROC Region: 7.9% Lebanese, WSROC Region: 6.0% Irish, WSROC Region: 5.5% Indian, WSROC Region: 4.4% Scottish, WSROC Region: 4.1% Italian, WSROC Region: 4.0% Vietnamese, WSROC Region: 3.8% Filipino, WSROC Region: 3.0%
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, WSROC Region: -31,228 English, WSROC Region: +24,718 Chinese, WSROC Region: +20,182 Lebanese, WSROC Region: +10,351 Irish, WSROC Region: +7,704 Indian, WSROC Region: +22,607 Scottish, WSROC Region: +6,563 Italian, WSROC Region: +1,231 Vietnamese, WSROC Region: +11,781 Filipino, WSROC Region: +9,427
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 WSROC Region in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (365,028 people or 21.6%)
  • English (323,089 people or 19.1%)
  • Chinese (133,471 people or 7.9%)
  • Lebanese (102,135 people or 6.0%)
  • Irish (92,333 people or 5.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 1,016,056 responses in total, or 60.02% 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 Lebanese ancestry (6.0% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (19.1% compared to 25.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (21.6% compared to 25.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (5.5% compared to 8.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Australian (-31,228 persons)
  • English (+24,718 persons)
  • Indian (+22,607 persons)
  • Chinese (+20,182 persons)

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