Archive for March, 2011

The power of data download

Posted by Glenn at 1:27 pm on March 31, 2011

With the user-friendly interface of, it’s easy to get most information you are seeking, by navigating around using the menu options and tabs.  But if you are seeking specific information, data download can get you targeted and accurate information, fast. It is especially useful for comparing between a number of small areas at once, across several Census years, and also has some additional data which is not displayed in the main interface of

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This week the ABS released its Australian Demographic Statistics. Despite an article in the Sydney Morning Herald highlighting New South Wales’ net interstate migration loss, entitled “We’re out of here say hordes hankering for a state of satisfaction”, the data was noticeable for the continued decline in NSW’s net interstate migration loss.

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Shanghai, China has experienced a growth rate that makes your head spin.  Between the 1990 and 2000 Censuses the total population increased by 3.396 million or 25.5% to 16.738 million.  At the end of 2009 it was estimated at 19,213 million.

Check out these images of Shanghai just 20 years ago and then the comparison below…

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With the National Broadband Network (NBN) being hotly debated, we typically hear from the media that regional Australia suffers poor internet access – a fact which we at .id are well aware of given that we are a web-based business and we travel extensively to all parts of Australia. However, is it only regional Australia that is disadvantaged when it comes to broadband access?

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In which countries of the world do families live in apartments? I suspect that a significant percentage of families live in apartments in all urbanised (developed and developing) countries – with the exception of New Zealand and Australia.

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Housing Trends

Just over three weeks ago, on Tuesday the 22nd of February 2011, Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s  South Island was hit by a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake killing over 160 people, injuring hundreds more and displacing thousands of Christchurch residents to other parts of the Canterbury region, the rest of New Zealand and as far away as Australia. Three days after the disaster, New Zealand’s Government Statistician, Geoff Bascand and Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson announced that New Zealand’s 2011 census (scheduled for 8th March) would be cancelled.    What are the implications?

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Beyond the Count – inside the ABS Census conference

Posted by Lailani at 12:11 pm on March 11, 2011

A crew from .id (Ivan, Simone, Glenn and Lailani) attended and presented at the two day Beyond the Count conference (3-4 March) held by the ABS to promote the use of  Census data. We noticed that not so many of our local government clients were able to attend, so we thought we’d provide a quick synopsis of the sessions we attended and the gems we gleaned … not least of all that the Census really is a national treasure.

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Who is moving to the Gold Coast?

Posted by Glenn at 11:08 am on March 8, 2011

The Gold Coast is an iconic Australian place, which most Australians have some familiarity with. As of June 2009, the Gold Coast was the largest non-capital city in the nation, and the 6th largest city over all, with 578,000 people (including the Tweed area in NSW), and growing faster than any of the state capitals, and any other city in Australia with a population over 100,000 people, with the exception of Cairns.

Who is moving to the Gold Coast?  Most people will tell you it’s retirees.  What does the data reveal? Read the rest of this entry

Who lives in Meander Valley (Tasmania)?

Posted by Lailani at 1:05 pm on March 7, 2011

Meander Valley has more children than the Tasmanian average, but the main emerging group is baby boomers (in their 50s in 2006)…

Meander Valley Municipal Council has become the most recent addition to the .id community.  Welcome!  We’ve just delivered an online community profile for Meander Valley and its suburbs based on the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Australian Census.  It uses Census data to tell the story of Meander Valley’s population – how it compares to the region and how it is changing over time.

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US Census 2010 results are out – what do they reveal?

Posted by Simone at 3:52 pm on March 1, 2011

The latest US Census was conducted on 1 April 2010, but was no April Fool.  Regular users of Census data will be aware that the Australian Census will be held this August, and will no doubt reveal much about the nature of population change in country over the last five years.

The release of the US Census data gives us a bit of a taster as to some of the statistics we can expect to see from our own Census when the results are released in mid 2012.

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