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New South Wales
Ancestry

The three largest ancestries in the New South Wales 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 the New South Wales 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 New South Wales's ethnic characteristics.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total NSW population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
New South Wales20112006Change
AncestryNumberNew South Wales %Australia %NumberNew South Wales %Australia %2006 to 2011
Australian2,217,19332.132.82,375,82436.336.9-158,631
English2,151,78131.133.01,901,32929.031.0+250,452
Irish661,2259.69.7579,1978.89.0+82,028
Scottish528,5927.68.2449,9096.97.4+78,683
Chinese378,4965.54.4308,3294.73.7+70,167
Italian246,1443.64.1231,1473.54.1+14,997
German215,4583.13.9196,6703.03.8+18,788
Lebanese146,9272.11.2133,0272.01.2+13,900
Indian138,6502.01.999,7111.51.3+38,939
Greek126,9031.81.8122,9451.91.8+3,958
Filipino93,9351.41.175,5921.20.9+18,343
Vietnamese81,9461.21.165,9651.00.9+15,981
Dutch77,4161.11.572,9661.11.4+4,450
Maltese64,8870.90.861,5470.90.8+3,340
Korean51,5670.70.539,3850.60.4+12,182
New Zealander50,7060.70.847,6540.70.8+3,052
Polish48,2190.70.846,6020.70.8+1,617
Croatian42,9080.60.640,7710.60.6+2,137
Spanish39,2790.60.536,5380.60.5+2,741
Welsh37,6030.50.634,1970.50.6+3,406
Macedonian37,3020.50.534,2380.50.4+3,064
French36,1520.50.532,8200.50.5+3,332
Serbian (incl. South Eastern European, nfd)35,1370.50.534,4560.50.5+681
Maori32,2210.50.629,5130.50.5+2,708
South African31,1910.50.526,2200.40.4+4,971
Russian27,3330.40.425,3740.40.4+1,959
Turkish25,1550.40.322,9180.40.3+2,237
Australian Aboriginal23,6260.30.520,4110.30.5+3,215
Hungarian23,6190.30.323,5390.40.3+80
Sinhalese (incl. Sri Lankan)23,4170.30.421,3020.30.4+2,115
Fijian (incl. Fijian Indian)22,2530.30.211,0840.20.1+11,169
Assyrian/Chaldean21,8590.30.217,3920.30.2+4,467
Samoan21,6900.30.317,6360.30.2+4,054
American (incl. African American)21,2550.30.319,0860.30.3+2,169
Egyptian21,0080.30.216,9310.30.2+4,077
Portuguese20,9180.30.219,3990.30.2+1,519
Bengali19,3570.30.211,5370.20.1+7,820
Indonesian19,2030.30.214,2120.20.2+4,991
Thai18,2560.30.211,9640.20.2+6,292
Japanese17,2690.20.214,9310.20.2+2,338
Nepalese16,4950.20.23,4990.10.0+12,996
Pakistani15,5570.20.29,6280.10.1+5,929
Iranian15,5330.20.210,8930.20.1+4,640
Arab not further described15,2620.20.210,9320.20.1+4,330
Iraqi15,2290.20.29,5650.10.1+5,664
Chilean14,8530.20.212,9050.20.1+1,948
Tongan14,3410.20.111,3020.20.1+3,039
Austrian14,1800.20.214,1290.20.2+51
Danish13,8640.20.212,9420.20.2+922
Ukrainian11,7870.20.211,5600.20.2+227
Khmer (Cambodian)11,6490.20.29,0790.10.1+2,570
Armenian11,4690.20.110,9040.20.1+565
Swedish10,8550.20.29,6730.10.2+1,182
Canadian10,8090.20.29,5910.10.2+1,218
Other Indian subcontinent10,4830.20.14,9470.10.1+5,536
Afghan9,9010.10.18,4630.10.1+1,438
Jewish9,6150.10.14,7730.10.1+4,842
Tamil9,4100.10.14,3950.10.1+5,015
Swiss8,6120.10.17,8890.10.1+723
Other South American8,6030.10.17,5100.10.1+1,093
Cypriot8,4790.10.14,0670.10.1+4,412
Czech8,4490.10.18,2690.10.1+180
Syrian8,2610.10.16,2470.10.1+2,014
Mauritian7,6060.10.16,5440.10.1+1,062
Malay7,1010.10.15,7410.10.1+1,360
Other Middle-Eastern peoples7,0530.10.15,7560.10.1+1,297
Norwegian7,0400.10.15,9870.10.1+1,053
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry - Totals
New South Wales - Total persons20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumberNew South Wales %Australia %NumberNew South Wales %Australia %2006 to 2011
Not stated478,6676.96.9551,4158.48.2-72,748
Total people6,917,601100.0100.06,548,120100.0100.0+369,481
Total responses8,874,582----8,283,451----+591,131

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, Total Australia population: 32.8% English, Total Australia population: 33.0% Irish, Total Australia population: 9.7% Scottish, Total Australia population: 8.2% Chinese, Total Australia population: 4.4% Italian, Total Australia population: 4.1% German, Total Australia population: 3.9% Lebanese, Total Australia population: 1.2% Indian, Total Australia population: 1.9% Greek, Total Australia population: 1.8% Australian, New South Wales: 32.1% English, New South Wales: 31.1% Irish, New South Wales: 9.6% Scottish, New South Wales: 7.6% Chinese, New South Wales: 5.5% Italian, New South Wales: 3.6% German, New South Wales: 3.1% Lebanese, New South Wales: 2.1% Indian, New South Wales: 2.0% Greek, New South Wales: 1.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 Australian, New South Wales: -158,631 English, New South Wales: +250,452 Irish, New South Wales: +82,028 Scottish, New South Wales: +78,683 Chinese, New South Wales: +70,167 Italian, New South Wales: +14,997 German, New South Wales: +18,788 Lebanese, New South Wales: +13,900 Indian, New South Wales: +38,939 Greek, New South Wales: +3,958
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the ancestry responses of the population in New South Wales in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (2,217,193 people or 32.1%)
  • English (2,151,781 people or 31.1%)
  • Irish (661,225 people or 9.6%)
  • Scottish (528,592 people or 7.6%)
  • Chinese (378,496 people or 5.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 5,937,287 responses in total, or 85.83% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the New South Wales population compared to the Australian total population were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (5.5% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (31.1% compared to 33.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the New South Wales population between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • English (+250,452 persons)
  • Australian (-158,631 persons)
  • Irish (+82,028 persons)
  • Scottish (+78,683 persons)