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Who Are We Today?

Who Are We Today?

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The recently revealed census & ABS data shows just how much we have grown as a nation. The focus on population growth in the last decade has paid off, with many of our cities experiencing significant growth.


For starters, Sydney's population has finally reached 5 Million!

According to figures released by ABS, on 30 June 2016 5,005,400 people lived in Sydney, that's 82,800 more than the previous year.

ABS Director of Demography, Beidar Choi said "It took Sydney almost 30 years, from 1971 - 2000 to grow from 3 Million to 4 Million, but only half that time to reach its next Million".

We continue to be a nation of home owners, with 31 per cent of Australians owning their homes outright, a decrease of 10 per cent since 1991.

As many as 34 per cent of homes are owned with a mortgage, an increase of 7 per cent, while 31 per cent of homes are rented, an increase of 4 per cent. 

In Sydney, 14 per cent of renters are paying more than 30 per cent of their income in rent.


On a cultural note, we have truly become one of the most multicultural nations in the world, with more than 300 languages, 100 religions and 300 different ancestries from over 200 different countries. One in five Australians speak a language other than English at home.

And what about the typical Australian? Well, today, she is a 38-year-old female, married with two children, living in a three-bedroom home, with a mortgage and two cars.  

The census has also shown the typical migrant in Victoria was born in India, she is 43-years-old and speaks English at home.

What is interesting is that as a nation we are losing our faith, with 30 per cent of Australians identifying as having no religion, overtaking for the first time those who say they are Catholics.

The most common family composition remains a couple with children. However, the portion of families without children and single parent families have increased. Of the 900,000 single families that were counted, 80 per cent of these single parents were female.

How much has Australia changed in 25 years?

As a nation, we are growing with diverse groups entering the country, we are becoming increasingly more urbanised, we are less religious, we are earning more, and although many of us still live in family units, more of us are starting to live as single parent families.

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REF: Reb & 9 News


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