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Census reveals the typical Australian is a 38 year old woman with two kids

by Ray Clancy on April 11, 2017

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The typical Australian is a woman aged 38 who is married with two children living in a three bedroom house with a mortgage and two family cars, new data shows.

The profile comes from the first insights from the 2016 Census released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and also shows that the typical person born overseas living in the country is a woman aged 44 from England.

The data also reveals that Australia’s population has changed a lot over the past 105 years since the first Census took place in 1911. Then the typical Aussie was a 24-year-old male, but women have outnumbered men since 1979.

The age of the typical Australian varies across states and territories. The typical Tasmanian is the oldest of all Australians at 42 years, while the typical Northern Territorian is the youngest at 34 years old.

The typical Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is a lot younger at 23 years old, and is also female.

The typical Australian male is 37 years old, a year younger than the typical female and spends less than five hours a week on domestic work, while the typical female spends between five and 14 hours a week on domestic work.

In 2016 the typical Australian home is owned with a mortgage, but this differs across the country. For example, the typical home in Tasmania and New South Wales is owned outright, while the typical Northern Territory home is rented. This is a change from 2006 when the typical Australian home was owned outright.

Although the typical Australian has both parents born in Australia, the typical Australian in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia has at least one parent who was born overseas.

There are also state wide difference in people born overseas with the typical migrant in Queensland born in New Zealand, while in Victoria the typical migrant was born in India and in New South Wales the typical migrant was born in China.

The information released today is just a glimpse of what can be expected when 2016 Census data is released in June. The Census is Australia’s richest data source, giving insight into Australian life, showing how local communities and the nation have changed over time.

The data also helps governments, business and communities plan for the future. It provides the most comprehensive information about regional areas and small population groups, which helps inform government funding decision-making, policy development and service delivery.

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