Australian Population Doubles in 50 Years: National Census

CANBERRA, June 28 (Xinhua) — Australia’s population has doubled in the past 50 years, data from the national census shows.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the results of the 2021 census on Tuesday, which was held on August 10 last year.

It found that there were 25,422,788 people living in Australia at the time of the census, an increase of 8.6 percent since the 2016 census and about 103.4 percent from 12,493,001 counted in the 1971 census.

More than 1 million residents migrated to Australia from abroad between 2017 and 2021, more than 20 percent of them from India.

More than 50 percent of Australian residents in 2021 were born abroad or had at least one parent abroad.

The number of Australians who reported speaking a language other than English at home rose by about 800,000 in 2016 to more than 5.5 million.

Mandarin is still the most common language, except for English used at home, with 685,274 reports using it at home.

There were 812,728 people in Australia identified as Indigenous by 2021, an increase of more than 25 percent from 2016.

More than 8 million people reported suffering from long-term health problems, with mental health problems, arthritis and asthma being the most common.

Australian statistician David Gruen said it was the first time the census had collected health data.

“This is critical data to help make planning and service decisions about how treatment and care is provided to all Australians,” he said in a press release.

“Census data complements existing ABS health surveys by providing additional insights into the communities that need services to support complex health needs.”