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Census Data Reveals How Multicultural Australia Really Is

28 June 2017

That is the verdict of the 2016 census, released by Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday, which found Australia's population has grown by 8.8 per cent to 24.4 million people since the last time the national clock was measured in 2011.

After English, the most common languages are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese and Vietnamese of the 300 languages being spoken in Australian homes. Sydney is still the largest city, but Melbourne continues to catch up.

The population in Australia has increased by nearly two million to 23,401, 892, up from 21, 507, 719.

About half of Australians were born overseas, or had at least one parent born overseas.

But that gap is being cut down by the week.

Also, Aussies are getting older. Currently, one in every six Australians is aged 65 or over. Those aged 85 plus number half-a-million.

The indigenous population has risen.

Australia also remained a predominantly religious country, with 60 per cent of people reporting a religious affiliation. Rental cost increases have slowed in recent years, but are 25% higher than in 2011 nationally, ' Reardon said.

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Atheist Foundation of Australia President Kylie Sturgess believes that non-religious people in the country need a stronger voice in politics and civic issues, suggesting that certain religious groups enjoy a kind of automatic legitimacy due to their faith.

Islam (2.6 per cent) and Buddhism (2.4 per cent) were the next most common religions reported.

But none of those countries are where Australia gets most of its migrants from.

An increasing number of Asian born immigrants are picking Sydney over Shanghai or Beijing.

Australia's entire population grew by almost two million from the 2011 census, reaching 23.4 million people in 2016.

The UK is the largest single source of residents born overseas, followed by India and New Zealand.

Ms Coleman said the young, dynamic culture around the local restaurants, cafes and live music was a major part of life in the area, but so too were local churches - particularly those offering something "quite unique and progressive".

Rental stress is the one of greatest pains of the 21st century with Australian families' scrambling to keep their head above water.

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"I never got into the housing market and, these days with the way rents are, it's very hard if you're on a lower income or even a medium income, " said Mr O'Neill.

According to the census, New South Wales was the most religious state with 66 percent claiming to be religious.

The mining boom had resulted in WA becoming the only State with more men than women.

The census shows that 44.7 per cent of families were couples with children, while 37.8 per cent were couples without children. "We will be making our opinions known, and there's power in numbers". Many households who rent have a relative lack of security and control over rental increases.

Rising rents and mortgage coupled with stagnant wage growth are making us work harder on tighter budgets.

Darwin had the highest median weekly income at $1052 while Adelaide had the lowest at $617.

Despite renters under stress, household stress was down in both Sydney and Melbourne in 2016. Semi-detached, row, terrace and townhouses increased at 12.7 per cent from last census' 9.9 per cent. This declined over the past five years to 66.7%. This 2016 figure is down by a total of 195,611 from the 2011 Census - and down from 5 per cent as a total of all respondents in the 2011 survey.

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Census Data Reveals How Multicultural Australia Really Is