2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Mar 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/03/2003   
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Explore your city now!

The last in the series of 2001 Social Atlases were officially launched by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Senator Ian Campbell on 11 February 2003. Released were Social Atlases for Melbourne, Canberra and Darwin/Palmerston. Atlases for all State and Territory Capital Cities are now available.

The Social Atlases feature coloured maps of key social, demographic and economic characteristics of all Capital Cities at the time of the 2001 Census. They contain an extensive range of information that is a very useful resource for many different organisations and community groups.
The Social Atlases feature a core set of maps on topics such as population, ethnicity, education, families, income, labour force and dwellings. In addition each atlas includes maps highlighting unique characteristics of individual Capital Cities.

A Social Atlas is a great way to explore your city, so order your copy now!

Some interesting facts from Melbourne... A Social Atlas

People living alone: More than 270,400 people lived alone in Melbourne. People living alone increased from 6.9% of the total population in 1991 to 8.6% in 2001. More than 36% of all people living alone were people aged 65 years or older.

Travel to work:
In Melbourne, more than 76% of employed people travelled to work by car. Less than 13% of employed people used public transport to get to work, and this group was most concentrated within 8 kilometres of the city centre, in an area serviced by an extensive tram network, as well as by trains and buses.

Internet use:
34% of the Melbourne population aged 5 years or older used the internet at home in the week before census night and nearly 60% of these people were aged less than 35 years. People attending school or undertaking tertiary studies comprised 38% of all internet users.

For more information on this series or to purchase a copy please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or log onto the ABS web site www.abs.gov.au/census .