It’s Harmony Week – a period to reflect on how multiculturalism has enhanced Australia’s social and cultural fabric – and realestate.com.au data analysts have taken a microscope to the nation’s neighbourhoods for a closer look.
As the world closes its borders to combat the unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis, it’s a sobering time to embrace our nation’s diversity as we come together and support local communities.
According to realestate.com.au’s analysis of Census data, the majority of the nation’s population has Australian ancestry (40%), followed closely by English at 38%. Those of Scottish and Irish ancestry represent 11% each and German 6%.
Ancestry refers to an individual’s ethnic background, usually looking back two generations (parents and grandparents).
Australian and English are the predominant ancestries in most states and territories, often varying by just a few per cent. Italian is ranked as the most common non-English language spoken at home, representing 8.5% of the population, followed by Cantonese/Mandarin with 8.4% of the population, and German at 8.2%.
How culturally diverse is Canberra?
The data shows that the ACT is predominantly home to people with English ancestry (33%), followed by Australian (31%).
Irish (13%), Other (12%) and Scottish (10%) were the next highest numbers. Rounding out the 10 most common ancestries are Chinese (6%), Indian (4%), German (4%), Italian (3%) and Dutch (2%).
For the ACT, Cantonese/Mandarin is the most common non-English language spoken at home (15.7%), followed by Bengali/Hindi/Punjabi/Sinhalese/Urdu (14.7%), Filipino/Indonesian/Tagalog (6.3%), Italian (5.3%) and Spanish (5.1%).
Here are the most common ancestries in Canberra’s CBD:
More outer regions, such as Belconnen, show a strong presence of English ancestry (22%), Australian (19%) and Chinese (18%). Gunghalin has a similar makeup of predominantly Australian and English backgrounds (each 23%) as well as Chinese (13%).
Find out the data on your suburb in realestate.com.au’s interactive here – as well as a more in-depth look into Australia’s cultural diversity and how it’s contributed to our neighbourhoods.