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A flashback to the 2011 census: Australia

AAP logoAAP 7/08/2016

SNAPSHOT OF AUSTRALIA TAKEN IN 2011:

PEOPLE

The gender split of Australia's population in 2011 (21,507,717) was close, with slightly more females (10,873,704) than males (10,634,013).

Children under 14 made up 19.8 per cent of the population while those aged over 65 accounted for 13.2 per cent. The median age was 37.

ANCESTRY

Most respondents were born in Australia (69.8 per cent) with almost one million people from England and close to half a million from New Zealand.

Just over half of the population had both parents born in Australia (53.7 per cent) while more than a third of people (34.3 per cent) had both parents born overseas. There were 548,368 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

More than three quarters of Australians (76.8 per cent) spoke English at home, followed by Mandarin (1.6 per cent), Italian (1.4 per cent) and Arabic (1.3 per cent).

A total of 25.3 per cent of the population identified as Catholic and 17.1 per cent as Anglican. Non-Christian religions accounted for 7.2 per cent of the population - Buddhism (2.5), Islam (2.2), Judaism (0.5). Almost 22.3 per cent (4,796,787) marked No Religion - a figure that jumped 1.09 million in five years.

RELATIONSHIPS

Almost half of Australians aged over 15 were in a registered marriage (49.2 per cent) while 9.5 per cent listed as in a de facto marriage.

A total of 33,714 (0.9 per cent) said they were in a same-sex relationship. Divorcees accounted for 8.4 per cent of the population. However, more than a third of people aged over 15 (34.3 per cent) had never married.

Couple families with children dominated the figures at 44.6 per cent, while 82.4 per cent of the country's single or lone parents were female. The average number of children per family was 1.9.

WHERE THEY LIVE

The most populated areas in 2011 were the greater areas of Sydney (4,391,674), Melbourne (3,999,982) and Brisbane (2,065,996).

In 2011, more than 85 per cent of Australians lived in urban areas, with nearly 70 per cent of them in the capital cities, making Australia one of the world's most urbanised countries.

Three quarters of the population lived in a separate house and 13.6 per cent in a flat, unit or apartment.

EDUCATION

Close to a third of Australians (6,503,580) were attending educational institutions in 2011 with 27 per cent of these in primary school, 20.5 per cent in secondary school and 21.6 per cent at tertiary or technical institutions.

JOBS

School Education dominated as the major industry of employment (4.6 per cent) followed by Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services (4.1 per cent) and Hospitals (3.6 per cent).

Of the 10,658,460 people employed, 59.7 per cent worked full time and 28.7 were employed part time. The unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent.

A total of 17.8 per cent of people did voluntary work in the year before the 2011 census. Of the 70 per cent of people aged 15 or over who did unpaid domestic work in the preceding week, 10.1 per cent worked 30 hours or more.

(Source: www.abs.gov.au census data)

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