Census data shows how 'average' person has changed over time

THE average Australian is a 37-year-old woman, analysis by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed.

Using data from the 2011 Census, the ABS attempted to paint a picture of the "average Australian".

"While we know that no single person is average in all respects, the Census shows that if there was an average Australian, they would be a married woman, living with her husband and two children in a three-bedroom house in a suburb of one of Australia's capital cities," said Jane Griffin-Warwicke, director of Social and Progress Reporting at the ABS.

"They have lived in that house for at least five years, and have a mortgage where they pay $1800 a month.

"The average Australia was also born in Australia, as were both of her parents."

Ms Griffin-Warwicke said Census data could also be used to analyse how the "average" has changed over time.

For example, 50 years ago the average Australian was a 29-year-old man, and 100 years ago the average Australian was a 24-year-old man.

Despite large increases in recent years in the number of people with no religion or with a non-Christian religion, Catholicism remains Australia's largest religion.

The social trends analysis can be found at abs.gov.au/socialtrends.

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