Census 2016: Aussies losing their religion

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 27, 2017

One point two per cent of Australians speak Vietnamese, and another 1.2 per cent Cantonese. The Australian Capital Territory experienced the largest population growth of any state or territory over the past five years, adding more than 40,000 new residents - an increase of 11%.

The figures showed almost half of the population are either first or second generation Australians - either being born overseas or with a parent born overseas. In all there were 180 different countries of birth reported.

Nearly a year after Australia fumed at computer screens while trying to fill out the 2016 Census, the data crunchers have fed the data into machines to give us a new idea of ourselves.

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's dream of a big Australia is slowly coming together, with our national population hitting 24.4 million in December a year ago.

Migrants make up 28 per cent of the populations of NSW and Victoria and 32 per cent of the population of Western Australia. Sixty percent of people reported they are affiliated with a religion.

However, Australians born in China, India and the Philippines are all among the top five.

Melbourne, with nearly 4.5 million, has been adding 1859 people a week since the 2011 headcount.

The Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale has been revealed as Perth's fastest growing suburb.

More than 1.3 million have moved to Australia since 2011, with England remaining the dominant single source of expatriates.

Not only are an increasing number of households being driven away from ownership by the rising cost of purchasing - on average, capital city home prices jumped 35 per cent in the five years between the 2011 and 2016 census - but a growing proportion are in housing stress.

Indigenous Australians are one of the fastest growing groups within the country.

A decade ago, the typical Australian would have been a year younger.

Australians are getting older, turning their their backs on religion and welcoming more migrants from Asia than from Europe.

The 2016 Census had a 95.1 per cent response rate, with 63 per cent completing the survey online, despite privacy concerns in the days leading up to August 9.

More Australians are identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, with 2.8 per cent in 2016 compared with 2.5 per cent in 2011. In addition, 2.1 percent of Australia is over the age of 85.

An independent panel, established by the ABS to review the quality of the Census data, will today hand down a report showing the statistics can be used "with confidence".

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