September 26, 2014
With Australia’s population now at 23.7 million, let’s have a look at some fascinating figures and fun facts!
On average, 36% of Australians have a home loan mortgage for 8 years, 33% fully own their homes in 18 years, while 31% rent for about 1.8 years.
When it comes to our type of home -
- 76% live in a detached house
- 14% live in a unit or apartment, and
- 10% live in a terrace or townhouse
Today we have 9.1 million households in Australia, with 2.6 people per household.
The types of household we live in are as follows:
- 33% - Couples and kids
- 30% - Couples only
- 23% - Lone person
- 11% - Single parent
- 3% - Group living
How many cars are at your place? In Australian households, there are:
- 17% with 3 cars
- 37% with 2 cars
- 37% with 1 car, and
- 9% with no car
Our national growth rate is 1.8%, compared to 2.7% in 1914, but we are still above the world average which is 1.1%.
The national median age is 37.3, while it was 30.5 in 1984. Yes, it’s true, our population is getting older!
Brisbane has the third highest population of Australian cities, with 2 207 000 people living in this part of the world.
30 years ago Australia had 5.3 million full time workers, whereas today that figure is 8.1 million.
And there are 3.5 million part time employers now, compared to 1.1 million in 1984.
Life expectancy at birth
1984: Male – 72.5 Female 79.0
Today: Male – 79.9 Female 84.3
Median age of parents (new births)
1984: Fathers - 30.2 Mothers – 27.1
Today: Fathers – 33.0 Mothers – 30.7
Median age first marriage
1984: Male 25.1 Female 22.9
Today: Male 29.8 Female 28.1
Just for fun
Do you know that more than 1 in 2 have used the expressions:
- ‘No worries’,
- and ‘You beauty’?
And less than 1 in 2 know the terms:
- Joe Blake (snake)
- Captain Cook (look)
- Frog and toad (road)
- Harold Holt (bolt)
For those who are starting a family, you may be interested to know that the top 5 baby names in Australia for boys are Oliver, William, Jack, Noah and Jackson, while the favourite 5 girls’ names are Charlotte, Olivia, Ava, Emily and Mia.
Source: ABS, McCrindle 2014