Census 2016: Fewer Aussies identify with religion

Doubt about value of the Census data has clouded the 2016 survey.            
    
              
     
     
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The nation's proportion of migrants is higher than all comparable Anglophone countries, with more overseas-born people than in the United Kingdom (13 percent), United States (14 percent), and Canada (22 percent).

The 2016 Census data have shown that only slightly more than half of Australians have two Australian-born parents, meaning that second-generation Australians will soon be in the minority.

Australia is becoming older and more diverse - both culturally and religiously - according to new data from the country's census.

Of the more than six million born overseas, nearly 20 per cent have arrived since 2012.

Australians were born in almost 200 countries, come from more than 300 different ancestries, speak more than 300 languages and practice over 100 religions.

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According to the census, New South Wales was the most religious state with 66 percent claiming to be religious. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) pulse has also updated the estimated resident population in Australia, which has become a home to 24.4 million people by December 31, 2016.

The national statistician estimates that the number of households will increase by 9.3% to 2021 - using the current ratio of 2.6% persons per household, this means an increase in the population to 26.7 million Australians - by 18.6% in 10 years and 37.2% in 20 years. There were 2392 people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander living in the region, which is 3.7 per cent of the population.

Bishop Wright said the Census results reflected a trend that had been apparent "for some time".

Meanwhile, English remains the most widely-spoken language with 72.7 percent of Aussies admitting that English is their "first language" spoken at home, but that figure is down from 76.8 percent in 2011.

For the first time more people said they had "no religion" than any other religion at 30% of the population.

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"Maybe people in the area don't want to be defined, or categorised, or labelled as a particular religion". The figure, which now stands at only 50.7%, is a significant drop from 54% in 2011 and 57% back in 2006.

The census also showed that the nation's median weekly income had increased from 577 Australian dollars (438 US dollars) in 2011 to 662 Australian dollars (502 dollars) in 2016.

A total of 70.9 per cent of Dubbo households are made up of a family, with one quarter or 25.8 per cent, made up of a single resident.

Australians are finding it more hard than ever to own a home with record lows not seen since the 1950s.

The great Australia dream of owning your own home is still alive despite the various problems plaguing housing affordability, new Census data shows. In 2016, over 63% of people completed the Census online and ABS they will continue to push a digital strategy in the future as it accounts for a more than $100,000 saving to the tax payer. One point two per cent of Australians speak Vietnamese, and another 1.2 per cent Cantonese.

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