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Census 2016 reveals a ‘typical’ Victorian migrant is India-born

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today revealed the first insights from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today revealed the first insights from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

While the first Census data release is scheduled for 27th June, 2017, the ABS today released a preview of the key characteristics that make the ‘typical’ Australian in 2016 which highlight Australia’s diversity.

The 2016 Census has revealed the ‘typical’ Australian is a 38 year old female who was born in Australia, and is of English ancestry.

She is married and lives in a couple family with two children and has completed Year 12.

She lives in a house with three bedrooms and two motor vehicles.

In 2016, the ‘typical’ Australian home is owned with a mortgage, but this differs across the country.

Although our ‘typical’ Australian has both parents born in Australia, the ‘typical’ Australian in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia has at least one parent who was born overseas.

In 2016, the ‘typical’ migrant in Australia was born in England and is 44 years old.

There are however some differences between the states – the ‘typical’ migrant in Queensland was born in New Zealand, while in Victoria the ‘typical’ migrant was born in India.

The ‘typical’ migrant in New South Wales was born in China.

The information released today is just a glimpse of what can be expected when 2016 Census data is released in June.

Would you like to participate in discussion or comment on Census outcomes? Email us at mosiqi.acharya@sbs.com.au

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