2011 Australian Census Data showing trends in multiculturalism

The data from the 2011 Australian Census is now being released. The below table, which I have compiled from data given by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), gives figures for all of Australia as well as all of our capital cities. It shows that the percentage of people born overseas has risen slightly since the 2006 census, and the  percentage of people who speak only English at home has fallen slightly (the 2006 figures are shown in brackets in the table). There have also been increases in the percentages of Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims over the 5 year period; in some cases, these increases are considerable. Australia’s total population grew by about 8.3% between the 2006 and 2011 censuses, but the total number of Buddhists grew by about 26%, Hindus by 86% and Muslims by 39%.

I hope you’ll find this interesting and useful. It’s yet another reminder of how multi-ethnic our nation is becoming. If you want to see more data, you can go to the ABS site athttp://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/communityprofiles and enter the place for which you would like to see data in the box called “Community Profiles Search”. You can also specify which census year you’re interested in. Andrew Schachtel

Multi-ethnic Components in the 2011 Australian Census Figures

% born in Australia

 

% who speak only English at home %age of Buddhists %age of Hindus %age of Muslims
All Australia 69.1%

(70.2)

76.0%

(77.7)

2.4%

(2.1)

1.3%

(0.7)

2.2%

(1.7)

Adelaide 69.8% (70.7%*) 78.2%

(80.4)

2.2%

(1.9)

1.1%

(0.4)

1.5%

(0.8)

Brisbane 69.7%

(71.5)

81.3%

(83.2)

2.0%

(1.7)

1.0%

(0.6)

1.2%

(0.8)

Canberra (Commonwealth Electoral Division) 74.0%

(74.6)

81.4%

(83.4)

2.0%

(1.7)

1.3%

(0.9)

1.6%

(1.3)

Darwin 66.2%

(69.4)

71.6%

(75.4)

2.3%

(2.0)

1.0%

(0.3)

1.0%

(0.8)

Hobart 81.7%

(81.4)

89.0%

(89.6)

0.9%

(0.7)

0.4%

(0.2)

0.6%

(0.3)

Melbourne 62.6%

(63.9)

65.6%

(67.8)

4.0%

(3.5)

2.0%

(1.1)

3.6%

(2.8)

Perth 59.2%

(61.4)

77.1%

(79.6)

2.5%

(2.1)

1.2%

(0.5)

2.1%

(1.5)

Sydney 59.3%

(59.7)

61.5%

(63.2)

4.1%

(3.7)

2.6%

(1.7)

4.7%

(3.9)

*2006 figures are shown in brackets

Notes:

  1. These figures are based on Place of Enumeration and are taken from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Community Profile data Time Series Profile.
  2. For all capital cities except Canberra, the figure is for the Greater Capital City Statistical Area.
1 reply
  1. Andrew Schachtel
    Andrew Schachtel says:

    Very soon (maybe March 2017?) we should have equivalent data from the 2016 census, and it will be interesting to compare with the 2011 data.

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