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Australian Capital Territory records the nation's largest population growth

2016 Census data released today shows the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has recorded the largest population growth rate of all States and Territories.

It has been less than 10 months since the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) took the pulse of the nation to find out who we are, how we live, what we do, and where we’re headed.

The Census was used to update the ACT’s estimated resident population, which at 31 December, 2016 had grown to 406,403 people.

The 2016 Census counted 397,397 usual residents of the ACT on Census night, an 11.2 per cent increase from 2011.

Home to roadworks, new suburbs and the Territory’s first light rail corridor, the flourishing northern area of Gungahlin is driving the Capital’s population growth. As the second-fastest growing region in the country, it is now home to 71,000 people, up from 47,000 people in 2011.

The significant increase in the ACT’s population also saw an increase in the number of occupied private dwellings, with 142,670 recorded in 2016, up from 129,430 in 2011.

The ACT also recorded 25,973 new residents who have arrived in Australia since 2011, forming part of the 26 per cent of the Territory’s population who reported as being born overseas. The most commonly reported countries of birth outside of Australia were England (3.2 per cent of total population), China (2.9 per cent) and India (2.6 per cent).

Our nation’s capital is younger (median age of 35), its residents earn more money (median weekly income $998) and have a higher proportion of people that have never married (37.9 per cent) than the national comparisons – 38, $662 and 35 per cent respectively.

ACT residents pay significantly higher levels for their housing, paying the equal-highest median weekly rent of $380 (unchanged since 2011). While the median monthly mortgage repayment in the ACT may have decreased by five per cent since 2011, residents still pay the second-highest monthly mortgage repayment in Australia ($2,058).

A total of 6,508 Capital Territorians reported having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origins, an increase of 1,324 people since 2011.

Australian Statistician David W. Kalisch said Census data is high quality, thanks to the participation of Australians.

“The Independent Assurance Panel I established to provide extra assurance and transparency of Census data quality concluded that the 2016 Census data can be used with confidence,” Mr Kalisch said.

“The 2016 Census had a response rate of 95.1 per cent and a net undercount of 1.0 per cent. This is a quality result, comparable to both previous Australian Censuses and Censuses in other countries, such as New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

“Furthermore, 63 per cent of people completed the Census online, embracing the digital-first approach and contributing to faster data processing and data quality improvements.

“2016 Census data provides a detailed, accurate and fascinating picture of Australia, which will be used to inform critical policy, planning and service delivery decisions for our communities over the coming years,” he said.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

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