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7 Billion, Australia & the 2011 Census

October 27, 2011

So the baby-counters are predicting that this Monday the globe we live on will house for the first time 7 Billion people. That is a lot of people. Australia contributes only a small chunk to the figure, with around 22.7 million as of March 2011. It is one of the few recent pieces of data that I could find about Australian demographics. That is because most data is from 2006 when the last census was taken.

Speaking of the census, guess when the data is coming out for the Australian 2011 census? Not this year! I am sure we are not all frantically refreshing the government ABS website, but for those who may be, give your fingers a rest as the data is coming out on *drum-roll* June 2012… talk about a delay, I will have 6 kids by then and change my ethnicity.

Perhaps the one thousand monkeys working on one thousand excel spreadsheets take that long to churn through the Census data. Other wise blame it on government beaurocracy that will eventually produce the results.

So while we wait, I found an interesting Census related blog called ‘.id’ , run by a demographics company. They have a number of interesting entries and links:

Ten Predictions for the 2011 census

Here is several predictions they made, see the link for the full list.

5. CHANGING MIGRANT INTAKE – Burma, Iran, Nepal and Zimbabwe will be the  birthplace countries with the largest percentage increase in Australia’s population, with large humanitarian intakes, but in raw number terms, India will show the largest increase, followed by China, mostly skilled and family reunion migration.

7. CHANGING  HOME OWNERSHIP – Due to housing affordability pressures, there will be an INCREASE in full home ownership (those who bought some time ago and have paid off their mortgage, from 32.6% to about 35%) and an INCREASE in renters (from 27.2% to about 30% ). There will be a corresponding DECREASE in those households with a mortgage, from 32.2% to about 29%.

10. BIGGER HOUSEHOLDS – With more children staying at home for longer, a higher birthrate and declining housing affordability, we will see an increase in the average household size from 2.56 people per household in 2006 to 2.65 people per household in 2011, the first increase in 6 Censuses.

Australia’s migrants – who are they and how are they changing?



Local council data maps

I thought this section was great. You can look at your local council and then see the demographics under a specific subject. (Unfortunately until the monkeys finish, only the 2006 census data is used)

For example going to Blacktown council you can view maps for such things as population density, people with tertiary education, young couples (15-44) without children, unemployed people or even persons born in the Philippines (our area had 16.4%)

The map is sub-divided into small blocks that can pin point what type of people live where.

For example if you are thinking of moving into some street and then discover that the unemployment is at 30%, with many low income households and many renters, you may want to really check out your neighbours by physically driving around before or re-thinking completely.

Here are some screen shots but it is an interactive map if you follow the links.

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