After all the fuss over last year’s census collection and fears the information might be unusable, the Australian Bureau of Statistics have today released the first tranche of results, claiming the information they collected in 2016 is as good as years before. The next lot of statistics will be released in October this year.
We decided to check out Lennox Head in the census and found some basic statistics that are not too surprising, but interesting nevertheless.
Lennox Head Skennars Head
People 6,407 1,158
Male 47.9% 51.3%
Female 52.1% 48.7%
Median age 43 48
Families 1,787 324
Average children per family 1.8 1.9
All private dwellings 2,847 503
Average people per household 2.6 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,577 $1,364
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,992 $1,733
Median weekly rent $450 $460
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.9 1.9
Find out more about Lennox Head in the Census here.
Here’s a snapshot of the whole of Australia
While the Census counted 23,401,892 people in Australia, the exact figure moves by the day due to births, deaths and international migration. As of August 2016, the Census revealed there were quite a few more of us than five years ago – 1,894,175 to be precise. That’s about 1,037 extra Aussies every day since the 2011 Census.
Our first state, New South Wales, remains our most populous (seven million) but it’s not growing as quickly as other states and territories (8.1% since 2011).
Australia’s once youthful population is ageing slowly. Our median age is now 38. It was 23 in 1911, 28 in 1966, and 37 in 2011.
As our baby-boomer generation ‘matures’, we find that one in six of us are now over 65, compared to one in seven in 2011 and only one in 25 in 1911.
The greying of Australia continues, with 84,000 more people aged 85 years and older than in the 2011 Census. Today, people who are 85 years and older comprise 2.1% of our usual resident population.
More of us are surviving well into old age, thanks to improvements in diet, public health and medical technology. In fact, our population of centenarians – people who live to or beyond 100 years – grew to 3,500 in 2016. That’s a lot of congratulatory letters the Queen must write!
Women are living longer than men. Of those people aged 65 or older, 54% are women and 46% are men. Of those people aged 85 and older, 63% are women and 37% are men.
We’re still a nation of home owners, or aspirational home owners, with 31% of Australian homes owned outright and 34% owned with a mortgage – leaving 31% being rented. However, the proportion renting is slowly growing, while those who have the good fortune of owning their home outright are declining.
Our home is not just our castle – it’s also our caravan, our cabin, our houseboat, and even our tent.
The Census aims to count every dwelling in the country. A dwelling is ‘any structure which is intended to have people in it, and is habitable on Census night’. For 2016, we counted almost 10 million dwellings.
While separate houses still account for most homes in Australia (72%), there’s been a large increase in other forms of dwelling, such as flats, apartments, semi-detached, row housing or town housing, which now make up more than a quarter (26%) of Australian housing – all higher density residential development. Our castles are getting closer together.
Of the 8.3 million occupied private dwellings, seven in 10 housed families (69% by one family and 1.9% by multiple families), one in four were one-person households, and one in 25 were group households.
Keep up to date with census information here.