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Darwin revealed as 2011 Census data is released

21 June 2012 | NT/17

The changing face of the Darwin was revealed today as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the first results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The results show that the new Census population of Greater Darwin is 120,585, up from 105,993 in 2006 – an increase of 13.8 per cent.

The data also shows that the local government area with the biggest growth in Greater Darwin is Darwin, which now has 72,929 people up from 66,289 in 2006 – a rise of 10.0 per cent.

Housing in Greater Darwin has also seen some significant changes over the past five years with median household weekly rents up to $360 from $200 in 2006, an increase of 80 per cent. Median monthly household mortgage repayments also increased to $2,167 from $1,389 in 2006, an increase of 56 per cent.

ABS Northern Territory Regional Director, Tom Joseph, said the 2011 Census was a great success and the results released today will help shape the future of Australia over the next five years.

“Census information is used to allocate government funding for all areas of Australia, including Darwin, and to plan vital services and infrastructure that we all use in our communities every day,” Mr Joseph said.

“The Census provides a snapshot of the city, including data on topics such as age, education, income, housing, transport, religion, ethnicity and more.”

Mr Joseph added that Australia’s richest source of statistical information is now available freely online.

“Census data is available for free on the ABS website, where you can find new, easy-to-use tools, including QuickStats, that make searching Census data quick and easy.”

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is now available on the ABS website. Visit

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