The Australian Census – facts and figures

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The number of people counted (including overseas visitors) in the 2006 Census was 20,061,646.

According to the 2006 Census, the resident population of Australia has increased by 6%, or just over one million, since the 2001 Census.

In the 2006 Census, there were more females (50.6%) than males (49.4%).

The number of people who identified as being Indigenous in the 2006 Census was 455,031.

Between the 2001 and 2006 Censuses, the Indigenous population has increased by 11%, or 45,000 persons.

The median age of the Australian resident population in the 2006 Census was 37 years, up from 35 years in the 2001 Census.

In the 2006 Census, there were 16,018 caravans, cabins, houseboats in NSW.

24.3% of the Australian resident population in the 2006 Census were aged 55 years and older.

6,641,488 or 33.4% of the Australian resident population in the 2006 Census were aged under 25 years.

The number of people counted in the 2006 Census who had Australian Citizenship was 17,095,569 (86.1%).

According to the 2006 Census, in Victoria, 34.7% of occupied private dwellings were fully owned, 34.0% were being purchased and 23.9% were rented.

22.2% of Australians counted in the 2006 Census were born overseas.

In the 2006 Census, the Northern Territory was the only State or Territory to record a greater number of males than females.

The top 5 countries of birth (other than Australia) in the 2006 Census were: England, New Zealand, China, Italy and Viet Nam.

According to the 2006 Census, 568,230 Queensland residents performed voluntary work for an organisation or group in the previous 12 months.

In the 2006 Census, 7 out of 10 Australian residents were born in Australia.

English was the only language spoken at home by 78.5% of people counted in the 2006 Census.

The top five languages spoken at home (other than English) in the 2006 Census were Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, and Mandarin.

In the 2006 census the top three responses for religious affiliation were Catholic (25.8%), Anglican (18.7%), and No Religion (18.7%).

In the 2006 Census, 11.3% of the Australian resident population were separated or divorced.

In Tasmania, according to the 2006 Census the most common languages other than English spoken at home were: German 0.3%, Italian 0.3%, Greek 0.3%, Mandarin 0.2%, and Dutch 0.2%.

Just under half (49.6%) of the Australian resident population stated they were married in the 2006 Census.

The 2006 Census indicated that only 9.7% of ACT residents are aged 65 years and over, compared to 13.3% for Australia.

The number and proportion of Australians stating they were never married, separated, or divorced in the 2006 Census increased from 2001.

Median gross individual income rose 24% between the 2001 and 2006 Censuses.

There were 5,219,165 families counted in the 2006 Census. Couples with children represented 45.3% of all families.

One parent families make up 15.8% of the total families counted in the 2006 Census.

There were 8,426,559 private dwellings counted in the 2006 Census.

On Census Night 2006 of the occupied private dwellings counted in South Australia, 79.1% were separate houses, 10.6% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 9.2% were flats, units or apartments, and 1.1% were other dwellings.

According to the 2006 Census, 32.6% of all occupied private dwelling in Australia are fully owned, while 32.2% were being purchased.

Of all occupied private dwellings being rented in Australia on Census Night 2006, 50.5% were being rented through a real estate agent.

58% of households have an Internet connection

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