Australian Culture

Population Statistics

Australia

Population

24,128,876

[Census, 2016]

Median Age

38

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

English 72.7%
Mandarin 2.5%
Arabic 1.4%
Cantonese 1.2%
Vietnamese 1.2%

[Census, 2016]

More than 300 languages were identified in total.

Religion

Christianity 51.6%
Catholic 22.6%
Anglican 13.3%
Other Christian 16.3%
No Religion 30.1%
Islam 2.6%
Buddhism 2.4%
Hinduism 1.9%
Other 1.3%

[Census, 2016]

Cultural Dimensions

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Ancestry

English 33.6%
Australian 31.2%
Irish 10.2%
Scottish 8.6%
Chinese 5.2%
Italian 4.3%
German 4.2%
Indian 2.6%

[Census, 2016]

More than 300 ancestries were identified in total.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Population

649,171

Constituting 2.8% of the Australian population

[Census, 2016]

Average Age

23

[Census, 2016]

Language

10% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people speak an Australian Indigenous language at home.

The 2016 Census identified 150 Australian Indigenous languages spoken in total. The five most widely spoken indigenous language groups are:

Arnham Land & Daly River Region 16.1%
Torres Strait Island 11.7%
Western Desert 11.1%
Yolngu Matha 10.6%
Arandic 7.3%

[Census, 2016]

 

Diaspora

New South Wales 33.3%
Queensland 28.7%
Western Australia 11.7%
Northern Territory 9.0%
Victoria 7.4%
South Australia 5.3%
Tasmania 3.6%
Australian Capital Territory 1.0%

[Census, 2016]

Migration to Australia

Population

6,150,197

Consituting 26.4% of Australian population

[Census, 2016]

This figure indicates the number of Australian residents born overseas.

Top Overseas Birthplaces

United Kingdom 4.6%
New Zealand 2.2%
China 2.2%
India 1.9%
Philippines 1.0%
Vietnam 0.9%
Italy 0.7%
South Africa 0.7%
Malaysia 0.6%
Sri Lanka 0.5%
Born elsewhere 11.1%

[Census, 2016]

Fastest Growing Migrant Populations

By Population Change:

China +190,586
India +160,027
Philippines +61,153
New Zealand +35,068
Vietnam +34,316
Pakistan +31,692
Nepal +30,119
South Korea +24,238
Iran +23,658
Sri Lanka +23,437

 

 

 

By Percentage Change:

Mongolia +240.5%
Bhutan +142.4%
Nepal +122.3%
South Sudan +120.9%
Pakistan +104.9%
Brazil +90.4%
Nigeria +87.8%
Qatar +84.3%
Syria +82.6%
Iran +68.7%

[Census, 2016]

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