Australian Census 2011 Results and Highlights…

Back in August of last year, and for the first time since I’ve been living here in Australia, I completed an Australian census form. I mentioned it in my post about England in the Good Old Days, which I wrote following the riots in the UK. The results of that census were announced last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Some poor guy somewhere has spent hours and hours of his life pulling all this information together to give us some facts and figures about Australia. It would be rude if we didn’t at least take a quick look.

Some poor guyI also wrote a post describing Australia as “A Nation of Immigrants” and we still are. I’m one! Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to compare who’s migrating here these days compared with when I last spoke about it.

Top 10 countries of birth for the overseas population.

Census - Country of Birth 2011So, who are the movers and shakers?

Nobody really. Vietnam drop down two places, Italy drop down one, South Africa go up one, Greece dropped out of the top 10 and Germany and Malaysia swap places in the bottom two positions in this top 10. But it’s worth noting that over 2 million people came from other overseas countries.

The statistic that I find most amazing though, are the median ages of people moving from each of these countries.

India and China are sending the youngest people here, they have median ages of 31 and 35 respectively. The Italians and the Germans are coming here to retire, the median ages of people from those countries are 68 and 62 respectively.

Update: 27.6.12

As Kay, in the comments below, has rightly pointed out, these statistics about people’s ages must be the age they are NOW, not the age they were when they moved here. As Kay says…

“We had a higher intake of immigrants from Italy and the like 40-50 odd years ago and their ages would now be typical of that represented in the table. In more recent times we have considerably more immigrants from Asia and Africa. I believe this would explain the differences.”

Couldn’t have put it better myself. Oh, I didn’t, did I?

Thanks for spotting that one Kay!

Australians and age

  • The average age of people right now in Australia is 37
  • 13.82% are over the age of 65.
  • But almost 33% are under the age of 24
  • 28% are 25 to 44
  • 25% are 45 to 64

What else is interesting about this census?

  • Average national weekly rent is $252.01 per week
  • Average national mortgage is $1,882.20 per month
  • 75% live in a detached house
  • 10% live in a semi-detached house
  • 14% live in an apartment
  • 76.5% of the population speak English as their main language
  • 69.9% have broadband Internet
  • 62% are Christians
  • 22.7% are not religious and 8.7% did not state their religion
  • The remaining 6.6% are split between Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.

I’m sure where ever you live, your country also conduct census on a regular basis. Here, in Australia, we have them every five years; 2006 was the last one.

If you have any interesting facts or figures to compare your country to the stats of Australia’s above, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

The ABS is a fantastic public source of all kinds of statistical information, you can find them, and the 2011 census data results, here – ABS.gov.au.

The downside though, is it’s a government thing. Can we believe what they tell us?

Mwahahaha! (BobinOz laughing like a deranged madman!)

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  • Kay June 27, 2012, 11:09 am | Link

    HI Bob

    I wonder if you are misinterpreting the age thing. (Correct me if I’m wrong). Does the table mean the age as of when they immigrated or their age as of the time of census. I believe it may be the latter. We had a higher intake of immigrants from Italy and the like 40-50 odd years ago and their ages would now be typical of that represented in the table. In more recent times we have considerably more immigrants from Asia and Africa. I believe this would explain the differences. Just an observation !

    • BobinOz June 27, 2012, 5:53 pm | Link

      Kay, you are absolutely right, it must be the age that they are now, not the age they moved here. What was I thinking?

      Your explanation makes perfect sense too, I am going to post an update above to clear it up. Thank you for thinking on my behalf 🙂 I’m clearly not!

  • Emsquared June 25, 2012, 8:51 pm | Link

    The median age thing is curious as previously the points system has penalised the older age ranges but hey it’s the median and stats are curiously opaque affairs. Interesting though.

    • BobinOz June 27, 2012, 5:51 pm | Link

      Looks like I’ve dropped a clanger Emsquared, take a look at what Kay has said below…

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