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Census data - believe it or not!

2 August 2011 | CO/39

Forget Ripley’s believe it or not, in the past 100 years Census data has revealed some amazing and quirky facts about Australia and the way we live.
  • In 1971, 9,815,061 people had a TV.
  • There were 619 oyster farmers in Australia in 1966.
  • The 2006 Census recorded that 400 different languages were spoken in homes throughout Australia.
  • 121 people aged 100+ years stated they did 30 or more hours of unpaid domestic work in the week prior to the 2006 Census.
  • According to 2006 Census data, Australia has 670 parking inspectors.
  • 70 per cent of the population counted in the NT in the 1933 Census were male.
  • Six per cent of the Australian population worked in the Agriculture industry in 1947.
  • In 1966 there were 36 people who listed their occupation as ‘whaler’.
  • In 1991, 60 per cent of Australia’s population lived in either New South Wales or Victoria.
  • 133 people stated they spoke an Invented Language at Home in 1996.
  • 12 people were employed in the industry of squid jigging in 2001.
  • 2579 people stated their occupation as ‘Media Presenter’ in 2001.

More information is available online at www.abs.gov.au/census or call the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776.

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