News

What today’s Census data says about Australia

Beef Central, 28/06/2022

 

 

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 

 

State (Outside Greater Capital City area) Population Median Age Median weekly household income
Regional Qld   2,615,036 41 $1,507
Regional NSW 2,828,637 43 $1,434
Regional Vic 1,576,613 43 $1,386
Regional Tas 309,087 45 $1,225
Regional SA 390,843 47 $1,190
Regional WA 534,803 40 $1,597
Regional NT 89,103 31 $1,706

Source: ABS

  • 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

 

 

 

HAVE YOUR SAY

Your email address will not be published.

Your comment will not appear until it has been moderated.
Contributions that contravene our Comments Policy will not be published.

Comments

Get Beef Central's news headlines emailed to you -
FREE!