2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Dec 2002  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/01/2003   
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Have you explored your city?

The 2001 Social Atlas Series can help you do just that!

Do you know how people travel to work, where the ageing population lives or just how many people use the Internet at home? The Social Atlas Series can help answer these and many other questions about your capital city.

The 2001 Census Social Atlases are more than just maps. They give you a picture of the distribution of the population with certain characteristics in each capital city and how they have changed over time. With easy to understand maps and helpful commentary, the Social Atlas Series makes for very interesting reading.

The following examples from recently released Social Atlases demonstrate some of the insights from the 2001 Census results:

  • Adelaide's labour force has become more highly qualified. In 2001, 17.9% of Adelaide's labour force had a degree or higher qualification compared with only 11.1% in 1991.
  • In Sydney, in the week before Census Night 1,082,317 people used the Internet at home. This was 35.5% of Sydney's population aged over 5 years.
  • In the Perth-Mandurah area 408,029 people or 32.9% of the population were born overseas. After Sydney, this is the second highest proportion of people born overseas of all Australian capital cities.
  • Hobart had the greatest proportion of people living alone of all Australian capital cities. 18,001 people or 12.1% of the city's population reported living alone, an increase of 3.5% over the 1991 Census.

These are just some of the interesting facts in these much sought after publications. So go ahead and 'Explore Your City' with a 2001 Social Atlas.

If you would like more information on the Social Atlas Series contact the Census Marketing Unit on 1800 813 939.