Just how “average” are you?

According to the first release of figures by the ABS from the 2006 census:

  • the most common family type in Australia was a couple with children. Just over 45% of all families, or 2.4 million families, fell into this group. The Australian Capital Territory and Victoria had the highest proportions of families in this group.
  • the average Australian was 37 (median age), although the average male was slightly younger (36) than the average female (37). Females outnumbered males – for every 100 females there were 97 males. These differences in ages and numbers occur mainly because women generally live longer than men.
  • The average Australian woman had given birth to 2 children (average number of children ever born, 1.7) so far in her life. However, older women (aged 65 years or older) had given birth to an average of 3 children (2.8). Women who had only recently given birth to their first child (that is, their first child ever born was less than 1 year of age and was counted with them at home) had a median age of 29.
  • Women do more than twice as many hours of unpaid domestic work. A little more than one in three women (35%) reported doing heavy amounts (15+ hours) of unpaid domestic work each week, compared to 12% of men.
  • About 1.88 million adult Australians aged 15–34 years live with one or both of their parents. Most of these people (1.58 million) are under the age of 25 years.
  • Young men were more likely to live at home with their parents than young women of the same age. Almost 62% of 15–24 year old men lived with their parents, compared to 55% of young women. Most people in the 25–34 year age group did not live with their parents, though this gender difference continued, with 14% of men in this age group living with their parents compared to 8% of women.
  • Just over 39% of males and almost 29% of females aged 15–19 years did no housework in the week prior to the Census. Of the people aged 15–19 who did nil hours of housework, 86% were dependent students or non-dependent children living with their parents.
  • The suburb of Pullenvale in Brisbane had the highest Internet connection rate of 92% for its occupied private dwellings, slightly ahead of the Canberra suburb of Fadden (91%) and the Brisbane suburb of Chapel Hill (91%).
  • Canberra’s suburb of Forrest is the statistical local area with the highest concentration of adults (aged 15 years and over) with gross personal incomes of $2000 or more per week (24%), closely followed by the Shire of Peppermint Grove in Perth (also 24%).
  • Of people attending TAFE institutions and university, 52% and 57% respectively were women.
  • On Census night, 58% of Australian households reported that they had an Internet connection. Broadband was the most common type of connection (37%), close to double the proportion with a dial-up connection (20%).

For more fun facts from the 2006 census go to Media Releases and Facts Sheets on the ABS website.

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