Australia Census Data now available

The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released some data from the 2011 Census. You can view this information on this web page.

These were the most interesting statistics for me:

Australia’s total population is 21.5 million with almost even numbers of men and women.

The median age of people in Australia was 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.0% of the population.

Nearly 70% of people were born in Australia, then England (4.2%), New Zealand (2.2%) and China (1.5%). That last figure means 322,000 Australians were born in China, the largest Asian country represented in Australia.

Just over half (53.7%) of households have both parents born in Australia. Our house has one parent born overseas (Japan). About one third of Australians have both parents born overseas. Australia is certainly a country of migrants!

The largest religious affiliation is Catholic (25.3%) followed by No Religion (22.3%). I didn’t see any statistics for people of Hindu, Jewish or Islamic faiths.

The largest non-English group is Mandarin (1.6%), which means 336,410 people speak Mandarin. This is certainly a good reason for learning Mandarin! Cantonese was 1.2% of the population, but I am sure many people can speak both languages.

As for families, a couple with children (that’s my situation) are 44.6% of the population. On average each family has 1.9 children (we have 2 children in our family, so we are close!).

I am looking forward to more data becoming available, especially raw data which I can analyse with the latest statistical and data visualisation tools.

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