Image shows the 'typical' Tasmanian. She's 42, 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 outright.


Who was the ‘typical’ Tasmanian in 2016?
At the southernmost point of the country, in a state known for its forests and amazing landscapes, we find the ‘typical’ Tasmanian. She is female and slightly older than the ‘typical’ Australian. She is 42 years old. Let’s call her ‘Margaret’.

Margaret was born in Australia, has English ancestry and she speaks English at home. Both her parents were born in Australia too.

What else do we know about the ‘typical’ Tasmanian?
Margaret is married and lives in a couple family with two children. She has completed Year 12, and like the ‘typical’ Australian, she does between five and 14 hours of unpaid domestic work per week.

Just like the ‘typical’ Australian, Margaret also lives in a home with three bedrooms and two motor vehicles.

While the ‘typical’ Australian home is owned with a mortgage, the ‘typical’ home in Tasmania is owned outright, as it was in 2011 and 2006.

The ‘typical’ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in Tasmania is female. She is 23 years old, two years older than in 2011, and three years older than in 2006.

Where was the ‘typical’ migrant born?
Like the ‘typical’ migrant in Australia, the ‘typical’ migrant in our only island state was born in England, is female and speaks English at home. She is 53 years old, much older than the ‘typical’ migrant than in other states and territories. The ‘typical’ Tasmanian migrant in 2011 was also 53 years old, but one year 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 Tasmania.

The ‘Typical’ Tasmanian

Median Age 42
Sex (Mode)Female
Country of Birth of Person (Mode)Australia
Country of Birth of Parents (Mode)Both parents born in Australia
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 outright

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Median Age23
Sex (Mode)Female

Persons born overseas

Median Age53
Sex (Mode)Female
Country of Birth of Person (Mode)England
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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