Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Results from bungled census to be released

Results from bungled census to be released

The 2016 Census has revealed that Australians are still engaged and committed to volunteering activities, as well as highlighting that Australians are becoming older, more ethnically diverse and less religious.

Those reporting no religion increased noticeably from 19% in 2006 to 30% in 2016.

In the same period, since 1966, the proportion of the population that describes itself as "Christian", which includes all Christian denominations, has plummeted from 88.2 per cent to 52.1 per cent.

About 95.1 per cent of the Australian population responded to the census, which is carried out every five years, Efe news quoted the Australian Bureau of Statistics census as saying. As we become more multicultural, Hinduism and Buddhism have also seen a massive growth, but account for only 1.9% and 2.4% of the population.

For data nerds, the Census data is heaven, enabling us to understand Australia and the people who live here, better than ever before.

The 2016 census was the first conducted under new rules that allow the Bureau of Statistics to retain names and dates of birth for up to four years and to use them to create "linkage keys" that can be connected to other databases.

The census shows that 44.7 per cent of families were couples with children, while 37.8 per cent were couples without children.

The split between outright home owners, home owners with mortgages and renters is now fairly even, which is a stark change from 25 years ago, when outright home ownership was more common.

The figures revealed the median age among the indigenous community was 23, compared with 38 for the non-indigenous population.

Associate Professor Ann Evans from the School of Demography at the Australian National University said young people were also more likely to report "no religion", partly because they're opposed to the state having this information.

The census was also plagued with technical issues, with the online system crashing as millions of early birds attempted to fill out the survey. The percentage of men and women remained almost identical.

It said that of all Australian residents, just more than a quarter of people (26 per cent) said they were born overseas, with England remaining the most common country of birth other than Australia.

Meanwhile, English remains the most widely-spoken language with 72.7 percent of Aussies admitting that English is their "first language" spoken at home, but that figure is down from 76.8 percent in 2011.

Greater Sydney once again came in as Australia's largest city, with 4,823,991 people, however, it may not hold that title for much longer.

Modern Australia has been built on immigration, and the latest census confirms this, finding that nearly half (49%) of all Australians were born overseas or had at least one parent born abroad.

In the US, the census doesn't ask Americans about their religious affiliations, but according to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of Americans who don't identify with an organized religion is also growing.

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