Australia’s 2011 Census data released

June 22, 2012


Australia’s 2011 Census data released

BBC News

In Australia, the latest census reveals a shifting population, mainly due to the resources boom there.

It also shows a quarter of Australians are now born overseas, many coming from a growing number of Indian and Chinese migrants and this may influence how Australia’s economy ticks.


Census 2011 population: 21,507,719

Median age 37

Male – 49.4%
Female – 50.6%


English – 76.8%
Mandarin – 1.6%
Italian – 1.4%


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population:

by state



New South Wales






South Australia


Western Australia




Northern Territory


Australian Capital Territory



1911 population was 4,455,005

2001 population was 18,769,249

June 2012 population estimate is: 22,649,462

Video: Australia increasingly diverse -World News Australia


Video: Changing face of Australia


Video: Australia’s national census



Australia has 6 states
New South Wales 6,917,658
Queensland 4,332,739
South Australia 1,596,568
Tasmania 495,352
Victoria 5,354,039
Western Australia 2,239,169

2 mainland territories
Northern Territory 211,945
Australian Capital Territory 357,220


Largest Cities

1 Sydney, New South Wales 4,391,674

  • The population of Greater Sydney has increased from 4,119,188 in 2006 to 4,391,674 in 2011, an increase of 272,486 people.
  • Mandarin is the 3rd most common language spoken at home other than English

2 Melbourne, Victoria 3,999,982

  • The population of Greater Melbourne has increased from 3,592,591 in 2006 to 3,999,982 in 2011, an increase of 407,391 people.
  • India is now the 3rd most reported country of birth in Greater Melbourne, accounting for 2.7 per cent of the population.
  • Greek and Italian are now the second most common languages spoken at home other than English

3 Brisbane, Queensland 2,065,996

  • The population of Greater Brisbane has increased from 1, 852,500 in 2006 to 2,065,996 in 2011, an increase of 213,496 people.
  • New Zealand is now the second most reported country of birth in Greater Brisbane, accounting for 4.8 per cent of the population

4 Perth, Western Australia 1,728,867

  • The population of Greater Perth has increased from 1,512,105 in 2006 to 1,728,867 in 2011, an increase of 216,762 people.

5 Adelaide, South Australia 1,225,235

  • The population of Greater Adelaide has increased from 1,156,957 in 2006 to 1,225,235 in 2011, an increase of 68,278 people.

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