Image shows the 'typical' Victorian. She's 37, married and lives in a couple family with 2 children, lives in a home with 3 bedrooms and 2 vehicles and the home is owned with a mortgage.


Who was the ‘typical’ Victorian in 2016?
If a person could embody the ‘typical’ Victorian, you might consider notions of Demons, Bombers and Magpies fans shouting at the umpire. In fact, your ‘typical’ Victorian is a 37 year old female. Let’s call her ‘Louisa’.

Louisa was born in Australia, her ancestors are English and she speaks English at home. However, at least one of her parents was born overseas. This makes Louisa a little different to the ‘typical’ Australian, whose parents were both born in Australia. In 2011 and 2006, the ‘typical’ Victorian’s parents would have both been born in Australia.

What else do we know about Louisa?
Just as the ‘typical’ Victorian was five years ago, Louisa is married and lives in a couple family with two children.

Louisa is educated, having completed Year 12, and does between five and 14 hours of unpaid domestic work per week.

Like many Australians, Louisa lives in a home with three bedrooms and two motor vehicles. Perhaps, one for each child or possibly to take care of the Saturday sport run.

The ‘typical’ home in Victoria is owned with a mortgage, as it was in 2011. In 2006, the ‘typical’ Victorian home was owned outright.

The ‘typical’ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in Victoria is also female, which has been the case for the past decade. She is 23 years old, one year older than in 2011.

Where was the ‘typical’ migrant born?
The ‘typical’ migrant in Victoria was born in India. In 2011, the ‘typical’ migrant in Victoria was born in England.

And like the ‘typical’ Victorian, she speaks English at home, and is 43 years old – two years younger than in 2011 and four years younger than in 2006.

We’re an eclectic lot
While the Census provides plenty of info on the ‘typical’ Australian, it also shows we’re a big, diverse community. There’s nothing typical about Australians.

View the media release for Victoria.

The 'Typical' Victorian

Median Age 37
Sex (Mode)Female
Country of Birth of Person (Mode)Australia
Country of Birth of Parents (Mode)At least one parent born overseas
Language Spoken at Home (Mode)English
Ancestry 1st Response (Mode)English
Social Marital Status (Mode)Married in a registered marriage
Family Composition (Mode)Couple family with children
Count of All Children in Family (Mode)Two children in family
Highest Year of School Completed (Mode)Year 12 or equivalent
Unpaid Domestic Work: Number of Hours (Mode)5 to 14 hours
Number of Motor Vehicles (Mode)Two vehicles
Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (Mode)Three bedrooms
Tenure Type (Dwelling Count) (Mode)Owned with a mortgage

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Median Age 23
Sex (Mode)Female

Persons born overseas

Median Age43
Sex (Mode)Female
Country of Birth of Person (Mode)India
Language Spoken at Home (Mode)English

• The mode is the most commonly occurring value in a distribution.
• Statements of typical age in this release are median values. The median is the middle value in distribution when the values are arranged in ascending or descending order.
The most common response for each data item is calculated independently. For example, if the 'typical' person is male and the 'typical' person does 5-14 hours of unpaid domestic work per week, this does not imply that the 'typical' male does 5-14 hours of unpaid domestic work per week.
• No detailed Census data will be issued with this information. Datasets for the above characteristics will be released as part of the main release of 2016 Census data on Tuesday, 27 June 2017.

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