The Australian Bureau of Statistics has today released the results of the Census which took place on August 10 last year.
Insights revealed include:
- There were nearly 25.5 million people in Australia, excluding overseas visitors, on Census night. This is more than 2 million more than in the 2016 census, and more than double the 1971 Census count 50 years earlier of 12.4 million people.
- The number of people living outside a greater city area was 8.34 million
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- The median age of all Australians remains at 38 years in 2021. Males make up 49.3 per cent of the population with a median age of 37 years and females make up 50.7 per cent with a median age of 39 years.
- The proportion of Australian residents that are born overseas (first generation) or have a parent born overseas (second generation) now comprises 51.5 per cent of the population.
- India has moved past China and New Zealand to become the third largest country of birth behind Australia and England.
- Millennials (25-39 years old) have caught up to Baby Boomers (55-74 years old) as the largest generational group in Australia.
- 70pc of Australian dwellings are separate houses, 16pc are apartments and 13pc are townhouses.
- More than half a million people now live in high rise apartments (in buildings of nine or more storeys).
- 53 percent of Australian households have children living with them
- The proportion of couple families without children living with them has grown steadily from 41pc in 1996 to 47pc in 2021.
- There are now more than one million one-parent families, and 80 per cent of those parents were female.
- The proportion of households that own their home outright has dropped from 40pc in 1996 to 30pc in 2021.
- 3.2pc identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, an increase of over 25.2pc since 2016.
- Christianity remains the most common religion in Australia, with 43.9pc identifying as Christian, down from 52.1pc in 2016 and 61.1pc in 2011.
- More Australians are also reporting ‘no religion’, with 38.9pc in 2021, compared to 30.1pc in 2016 and 22.3pc in 2011.
- Statistician Teresa Dickinon says the 2021 census indicates that the “average” Australian is:
- A female
- aged 30-39 years
- living in a coupled family with children
- living in the greater capital city area
- An average weekly family income of $3,000 or more.
The Census provides information about the nation, providing a picture of the economic, social and cultural make-up of Australia, and how the country is changing compared to past data.
Further data releases will continue in coming months. To view the Census data now available click here