CENSUS FIGURES SHOW GROWTH

THE average Whitsunday resident is 38-years-old.

The average family in the region has 1.8 children and there are an average of 1.8 vehicles per dwelling. There are more men in the Whitsundays than women.

Of people in the Whitsunday local government area aged 15-years and above, 45.1 per cent are married and 13.2 per cent are either separated or divorced. 23.2 per cent of Whitsunday residents are non-religious and 85.2 per cent of the community speaks only English at home.

These figures are a snapshot of daily life in the Whitsunday local government area in 2011, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which released its latest Census data last week.

The 2011 Census data shows there are 31,426 people living in the Whitsunday Regional Council area, which is an increase of 2094 people since the last Census was done in 2006.

The 2006 Census was prior to amalgamation of the Bowen and Whitsunday shires.

The new figures show the population increase includes 516 people in the Bowen area and 1578 people in the former Whitsunday Shire area.

The average household's weekly income is now $1165 and the average monthly mortgage repayment is $1768.

Whitsunday Regional Council's mayor Jennifer Whitney has welcomed the release of these most up-to-date figures saying the Census data is vital for understanding our community and will underpin future government planning in the Whitsunday region.

 

"2011 census data will help show government decision makers where amenities such as schools, hospitals, roads and public transport are needed most," she said.

"The results have highlighted to us that our region continues to grow and this is great news. Census data is used every day by a range of businesses, organisations and individuals and is a wonderful way to learn about the community in which we live."

Census data is available on the ABS webste www.abs.gov.au/census


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