3106.0 - Demography News, Jul 2000  
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Where people with low socio-economic status live

The majority of people who live in areas of low socio-economic status (56%) live in major urban centres (urban centres with populations of 100,000 or more). However, populations living in areas of low socio-economic status are over-represented in other urban areas (urban centres of between 1,000 and 99,999 people) and rural localities (places with 200 to 999 people). Approximately 26% of the Australian population live in other urban areas and rural localities yet they make up 39% of those living in the most disadvantaged areas. Socio-economic disadvantage is also over-represented in remote and very remote areas. Approximately 2.4% of Australia's population live in remote or very remote areas, yet they make up 4.2% of those living in the most socio-economically disadvantaged areas.

For more information see Australian Social Trends 2000 (Cat. no. 4102.0) released on 4 July.