2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Oct 2002  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/11/2002   
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A bird’s eye view of your capital city - Social Atlas Series coming soon

If you need statistics about your capital city and prefer information to be presented on maps rather than in tables, the 2001 Social Atlases are your answer.

The maps present, at a glance, a picture of the key social, demographic and economic characteristics of the urban centres of each state and territory capital city. The maps are easy to interpret as the distribution of the data is represented by different colours or shadings. Informative commentary is also provided with each map, highlighting the main features and trends in the data.

A common core set of maps is included for each publication and these are presented under the broad categories of population, ethnicity, education, families, income, labour force and dwellings. Each Social Atlas also includes maps that highlight any unique attributes pertaining to that particular capital city. For example, the Perth Atlas has maps showing the number of people born in Southern Europe as well as the number of people who worked in the Perth CBD, while the Darwin/Palmerston Atlas features maps on couples without dependant children and people employed in the government sector.

Topics are mapped by Census Collection Districts (CD), the smallest geographic area used for collection and dissemination. In towns and cities there are usually between 200 to 300 dwellings in each CD.

Presented in a convenient A4 format and spiral bound for ease of use, the atlases are a colourful and readily understood reference. Additional reference maps -Statistical Local Areas, Postal Areas and Location Maps -are also included.

The Minister responsible for the ABS, The Honourable Senator Mr Ian Campbell will officially launch the Social Atlas series in Perth on 28, October 2002. Social Atlases for Perth, Sydney and Hobart will be the first released.

The Social Atlases will be made available through standard ABS dissemination methods: electronically through ABS@, the ABS web site, in hardcopy from ABS Bookshops or call 1300 135 070 to order over the phone.

Release timetable for Social Atlases
Perth, October 2002
Sydney, October 2002
Hobart, October 2002
Adelaide, November 2002
Brisbane, December 2002
Canberra, February 2003
Darwin & Palmerston, February 2003
Melbourne, February 2003