By Holly McGuinness
The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021 Census have been released today, providing a better idea of the average Brimbank resident and who the community is reflective of.
Brimbank’s average resident is a 37 year old with children, they live in a three-bedroom home with three people under the same roof. The most prevalent age group is 25-29 year olds, however this is still only 8.1 per cent of Brimbank’s population.
Seventy-six per cent of households in Brimbank are made up of families, with 46.9 per cent of individuals identified as a couple with children at home.
Over the last five years, living conditions stayed relatively similar to the last Census in 2016, however the most apparent difference is reflective of rising cost of living across the country, identifying the vast difference in changes between income and inflation.
Residents are putting a much larger portion of their collective income towards rent.
Only 55.9 per cent of Brimbank residents put less than 30 per cent of their household income towards rental costs, this is greatly reflected across the country and a vast difference from 2016 which had 90.3 per cent of residents paying less than 30 per cent of their collective income going towards rent.
The 2021 Census also cemented Brimbank’s rich cultural diversity, identifying that 64.3 per cent of households in Brimbank speak a language other than English at home, compared to a national average of 24 per cent.