When you hear word “census,” one of the things that first popped in your mind is probably “population.” But if you check out Australia’s Census, you’ll discover fascinating things about the country that you won’t learn anywhere else. Let’s dig up interesting facts and info about the Land Down Under from its Bureau of Census.
1. Talking the talk
You might be surprised that many Australians are bilingual. According to the Census, nearly one in four Aussies speaks a non-English language at home. Punjabi is the fastest-growing language and the most common migrant languages are Mandarin and Italian.
2. Definitions of marriage
As of 2011, there are 33,700 same-sex couples in Australia, a 32% increase from 2006.
3. Where Aussies work
According to the 2011 Census, for every person employed in the financial services industry, three people work in healthcare and social assistance.
4. The education gap
Only a few indigenous people have had the opportunity to obtain higher education. The Census revealed that less than 4% of indigenous people have completed a Bachelor’s degree, as compared to more than 26% of non-indigenous people.
5. Australia has an ageing population
About 14% of the population are composed of people who are 65 years old and above. The figure is up from 4% in 1901. Also, more than one third or 36% of the population were born outside of Australia.
6. Choosing a religion
Over the last few years, Hinduism has become the country’s fastest-growing religion. The Census also revealed a growing number of Australians who are not affiliated with any religious organisation. The number of people who reported “no religion” jumped from 18.7% in 2006 to 22.3% in 2011.
7. Where did they come from?
Australia has become home for many foreigners throughout the years. The Census showed that 60% of new residents in capital cities lived overseas five years earlier.
8. Who maintains the house?
The home remains the women’s dominion as one third of women do 15 or more hours of domestic work every week as compared with one in ten men.
9. Men and women dominate certain industries
Men rule the engineering sector because of the 1.5 million people with qualifications in engineering, 93.2% of them are male. Women, on the other hand, excel at educating others. Of the 714,000 people in education, 75.3% of them are female.
10. I am, you are, we are Australian
One in four Australians is born overseas and the fastest-growing group was those born in India.