Australia - Some Interesting Statistics

With Australia’s population now at 23.7 million, let’s have a look at some fascinating figures and fun facts!

 

Home Ownership

 

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

 

Household Types

 

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

 

Vehicle Ownership

 

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

 

Population

 

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.

  

Employment

 

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.

 

Generational Profile

 

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:

  • ‘G’day’
  • ‘Arvo’
  • ‘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

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