Census Update - In the media

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Australian Census has been conducted every 5 years since 1911, and is the biggest democratic activity in Australia. While the election last year counted 14 million votes, the 2016 Census includes every household, age group, resident and visitor – all 24 million of us.

Here’s everything you need to know about the preliminary Census results, painting a picture of our changing nation.


The typical Australian is a 38 year-old Gen X woman, born in 1979, who can expect to live past the age of 85. She is married with two children and lives in one of Australia’s capital city (like 3 in 5 Australians), which is worth $825,980 and which she owns with a mortgage. She has $427,847 equity in their home, which is the bulk of her wealth. She works full-time and gets to work by car, along with 69% of all commuters.


We are ageing

The median age of Australians has increased from 37 to 38 (from the 2011 to the 2016 Census). Queensland has shown a strong leap in ageing (from 36 to 38), as has the Northern Territory (from a median age of 31 in 2011 to 34 in 2016).

We are culturally diverse

Three states (NSW, VIC, and WA) now feature their ‘typical’ resident as a person who has at least one parent born overseas. In NSW, China is now the top country of birth for residents born overseas and in VIC the top country for residents born overseas is India.

Owning a home outright is not as common anymore

The typical person across all of the states and territories now no longer owns a home outright, but with a mortgage. Only NSW and TAS feature the typical person who owns a home outright, and in the NT, the typical person is renting their home.

McCrindle In the media

Mark McCrindle on The Daily Edition

Eliane Miles on SBS News

Mark McCrindle on Seven News

McCrindle In the media

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


area mother's day seasons authenticity debt Education Future Forum global financial crisis Real Estate baby names Generation Y group session the australian dream waverton winter blues faith parenting average sydneysider Australian Census mover and shaker wealth and income sydneycity #censusfail optimistic language national private wealth affordability mccrindle in the media learning styles rising house prices eliane mobile networking local events ease of travel capital cities the hills dreaming unaffordable program TAS publication January 26th train Generation X celebration analysis sun couple 40 million tea bondi business index cartodb public holiday educhat CPI urban living index HSC urban taskforce winter men study The ABC of XYZ wolloomooloo social life pyrmont list consumer engage group innovative visual energy Western Australia housing trends poker master 10 years Financial Planning Association moderators guide society coffee Myth culturally diverse impact 24 million sydney hills generations darwin staying in mythbusters property medicine social media Work place rich leader System's Architect 2016 census village mccrindle Netflix Merry Christmas faux-ciliser pharmacy nfp optus millenials crows nest insight tv leadership Australian demographics online shopping life NSW millionth home owner career belief office space charity Love Australia Day 2017 baby name royal baby purpose daily commute Bathburst CBD housing affordability SMSF friendship aged care puzzle selfie not for profit data visualisation population map future of work Australian Trends sports world EFF shopping centre year 12 holidays professional WA careers financial Christmas presents domestic demography Melbourne sentiments data analyst Scouts average Australian retirement sydneysider balance city clothing gen alpha communicate finance hello fresh rent follow population 2014 qualitative research demographics social commentator infographic politics generation alpha deloitte media millennials marriage slideshare suburban living teleworking car Do It Yourself cold McCrindle Speakers future of shopping Financial Planning Association of Australia JOMO storytelling ideas friends Crime Rates Wagga Wagga panel responsive brand click house prices Christmas lunch tattoos VET sector 1975 online Northern Beaches workplace culture goal mccrindle research Tasmania financial independence earn brands non profit investment Hornsby Shire Council Caregiver tertiary education generational trends financial dreams VET socialites Tuesday Trend facts sector wide study moreton bay unemployment office opening sector "know the times" research pack community forum award sydneysiders investing event define Tuesday Trends Aussie townhouses weekly earnings Gen X entrepreneur SMART Word Up Christmas season stats ferry professional development young people woolworths narcissism generation etiquette public speaking society trends plans Wodonga australians staying home more sunburnt country travel business home Channel Seven professional speaker travelling Wellington teaching educated rain micro apartments global generations challenge spirituality blaxland eliane miles research visualisation research report thought leadership 1980 change office faux-cilising huffington post research data the changing face of earning Australian Bureau of Statistics Northern Beaches Christian School princess charlotte Christchurch financial future micro future growing population Australian Population household culture high density know the times cost optus my business awards baby boomers future proof teacher weather trend tuesday shopping wages 23 million affordable demographic transformations supply and demand manly identity social change collaborative logan education future presentations education future report resource school satisfaction 2016 social shifts real students vegetarian Queensland: QLD Population Clock child care high density apartments public speaker future-proof spend Sydney Hills Business Chamber award winner product Sydney keynote speaker the average aussie young australians investor grave decision volunteers going out rise of local 2015 quote renting social lives Hills Shire Council Adelaide healthy future data skills paying to work youth unemployment FOMO lalor park proactive aussie culture house price rise forecasting housing growth entertainment high density living PSI easy rider income gender presentation fresh hobart crime gold coast tuesday research commute google for education omnibus teach workforce Mark McCrindle neutral bay wage 2020 population growth New South Wales community engagement grandparents Deaths baby boom dessert outsourcing sydney event conference focus group school keynote work mates budget relational rule keeper curiosity google living offenders sector wide overcast post rationalism youth hopes organisational culture cars education sector water research services rental stress royal influence Skilling Australian Home conference speaker REIV National Conference sydney metro NBRS jobs of the future Royals social analysis Valentine’s Day shifts trends earnings demographer Australian Communities Trends cancelling event states video shbc schools students DESTEL Aussies Births graphs innovation criminal Australian Families World Water Day trends of 2017 poor professional services Gen Y 2013 education research lifestyle bureau Research Executive low density women divorce rate names emerging technologies report contiki work-life family owning a home apartments Kiwi changing face of sydney social issues TDE in the media community event The Daily Edition intern average aussie marriages communications financial fears February 16 children emerging trends Vocational education builders marrickville mortgage demographic trends priorities christmas Res Vis customer potts point faux-cilise annual income Australian communities baby names report resilience dare to dream baby visualisation equip australian communities forum internships communities vegemite wellbeing participants Northern beaches Event demographic the hills shire cooking urban Australian Dream ABS university degree toys royal family ultimo buildings school students australian social research national wealth REIV Conference capital city stay home economic consumerism mythbusting global market research tableau personalities media activity ACT christian sydney speaker australian communities trends report sunny days jobs Charlotte suburb ACF menai schools case study small business Sydney English Social Trend fears megatrends training SRE NEETs ipswich repayments national crime rates 2016 census results baby name trends business performance media commentary divorce transport social researcher NT focus groups New Zeland mining boom engagement marketing 24,000,000 kate middleton results 2017 government survey learner environment goals researcher IT Specialists father's day Duchess of Cambridge keynote speaker Assistant Store Manager cancel plans generation Z not-for-profit survey design digital year 7 emerging generations news statistics Queensland trades australia property market social commentary ACF 2016 holiday entrepreneurs of today sustainable personal growth acf15 South Australia middle class debate VIC Macquarie University victoria teachers cloudy days Australia Day house price dream Northern Territory ageing population speakers increasing densification 1994 socialising parents urban living James Ward mateship environmental scanning leadership workshop employers social housing residents land of the middle class future of education renter of the future bus cash social enquiry greatness Kirsten Brewer safe social trends housing market baby names australia report geomapping economy census 2016 local communities mccrindle tea property price Australians workplace breakfast student forecast learning hills shire snapshot ageing wealth distribution perth in depth interviews insights local community workshop staff New Zealand experience internet social impact gen z trends of 2016 entrepreneurial cultural diversity conferences salary recap census results Geoff Brailey christianity social researchers hornsby easter Australian schools trends analyst mentor work apartment commuters royal employment technology wedding newspaper census fail NBRS Architecture census brisbane ashley mckenzie Engineering Manager Canberra Financial Planning Week new york times thrive meals Territory new office relevant alpha internship daily telegraph food pharmacies house population milestone story litter infographic wall brand experience norwest church ethnography conference presentation wealth and income distribution baby name predictions futurist home ownership cica Real Estate Institute of Victoria organisations wealth growth typical australian media release social research meetings anzac households Channel 7 cost of living families SA religion suburbs state future proofing monarchy Andrew Duffin world youth day GPO 2012 communication summer high school prince george trend learn education ashley fell happiness twentyseventeen tips DIY motivate interactive cancelling plans shopper's pick collaboration university FPA long weekend aged care 1968