Australia's population is getting older - results of 2016 Census revealed

Australia's population is getting older - results of 2016 Census revealed

Census data: The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a raft of data from the 2016 Census.

"Sixty-three per cent of people completed the Census online, embracing the digital-first approach and contributing to faster data processing and data quality improvements", he said. There had, however, been a slight increase in the number of people who had never been married, from 34.3% in 2011 to 35% in 2016.

In the same period, since 1966, the proportion of the population that describes itself as "Christian", which includes all Christian denominations, has plummeted from 88.2 per cent to 52.1 per cent. One in six Australians are now aged over 65 - "compared to one in seven in 2011 and only one in 25 in 1911", the ABS said.

Find out more about Australia from the Census here.

Dubbo is becoming more culturally diverse according to the latest census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, but it is starting from a low point.

The census, which was taken in August past year, came under scrutiny after a cyber-security threat forced the closure of the website.

The results of the census weren't exactly surprising, but they were eye-opening.

Among all couples, 45 per cent of families have children, while 37.8 per cent of couples have no children. The Apple Isle also recorded Australia's highest median age (42 years), ahead of South Australia (40 years).

When it comes to country of birth, 84.5 per cent of residents in the 2830 postcode were born in Australia, compared to 66.7 percent nationwide.

This increase has been driven in part by the higher rate of mortality of the Australian- and European-born populations, who are much older than more recent migrant groups. Among many findings that have been revealed - and those yet to be discovered by those who dig deeper - Australia's estimated resident population grew to 24.4 million people by the start of 2017.

At the national level, the country is at a diversity "tipping point", with nearly half of the population either born overseas or having a parent who did not have an Australian passport. The percentage of men and women remained almost identical.

Australians are finding it more hard than ever to own a home with record lows not seen since the 1950s.

More than 870,000 people - 3.7 per cent of all respondents listed their religious affiliation as Uniting Church. The median rent rose 17.5 per cent to $335 a week and the median mortgage fell by 2.5 per cent to $1.755 a month.

Meanwhile, English remains the most widely-spoken language with 72.7 percent of Aussies admitting that English is their "first language" spoken at home, but that figure is down from 76.8 percent in 2011.

Mortgage repayments that are less than 30 per cent of a household's income increased to 92.8 per cent, up from 2011's 90.1 per cent, and mortgage repayments that are equal to or greater than 30 per cent of a household's income decreased to 7.2 per cent, down from 2011's 9.9 per cent.