Snapshot of a nation: what the census reveals about us
- Population 21,507,717. Male 10,634,013. Female 10,873,704
- Median age 37
- Families 5,68m. Average children per family 1.9
- All private dwellings 9,11m. Average people per household 2.6
- Median weekly household income $1234
- Median monthly mortgage repayment $1800. Median weekly rent $285
- Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.7
- Registered marriage 7,647,042 or 49.2%
- 33,714 same-sex couples. 4.6 million heterosexual couples
- De facto marriage 1,476,369 or 9.5%
- Not married 6,413,399 or 41.3%
- Top five countries of birth — Australia, England, New Zealand, China, India.
Just how multicultural a nation we are has been reinforced today in new census data that shows that almost one in four Australians was born overseas.
The latest snapshot of the country reveals a population of just over 21.5 million on census night last year - and 24.6 per cent of them were born overseas, up from 22.2 per cent in 2006, while 43.1 per cent of people have at least one parent who migrated here.
The United Kingdom is our leading source of overseas-born residents, followed by New Zealand, China and India.
Mandarin is now the second most common language spoken at home after English, while Hinduism has experienced largest proportional growth of the three most common non-Christian religious affiliations.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the snapshot of Australia today from information collected in the census on August 9 last year.
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