Census: ACT grows by 10 per cent

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CANBERRA’S population has grown by 10.2 per cent in five years, according to the 2011 Census of Population and Housing released today.

The ACT population now sits at 357,220, up from 324,035 in 2006. The data also shows that the suburb with the biggest growth  is Harrison, which now has 4440 people up from 305 in 2006.

The ACT’s median household weekly rents have increased by 46.2 per cent, from $260 in 2006 to $380. This in comparison to the national average of $285, an increase of 49.2 per cent.

Median monthly household mortgage repayments are $2167 from $1500 in 2006, an increase of 44.5 per cent. The national average of $1800, which is an increase of 38.5 per cent.

ABS ACT regional director, Mariette O’Connell said the release of 2011 Census data will help shape the future of the Australian Capital Territory over the next five years.

“Census data is used to help determine the allocation of GST funding to our Territory, and to plan vital services and infrastructure for the people of the Australian Capital Territory,” she said.

“This includes things such as hospitals and health services, schools, and public transport.”

More information at www.abs.gov.au/census

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