What is Australia’s most typical suburb?

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is an ABS data expert with huge intellect and capacity to convert demographic data into profound insights about places. He has contributed numerous blogs and consulting projects covering economic development, housing consumption and affordability, migration, fertility, ageing, role and function of ‘place’, communities of interest and more. Glenn works with over 120 councils bringing the client perspective into the development of our information products. He is a Census data expert, having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 10 years. If there's anything Glenn doesn't know about the Census, it's probably not worth knowing - so ask Glenn!

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2 Responses

  1. Tony says:

    This is of course taking a look at what is ‘average’ from a particular standpoint. I live in Nunawading, Vic, one of the ‘average’ suburbs. However there are key factors beyond academic achievement and jobs between all these places. For instance, what about distance for commuting, use of public transport, number of pets owned, average height of street trees. I think all the ‘average’ suburbs, for all their strict demographic sameness, are actually very different from each other. But you have to start somewhere!

    • Hi Tony – absolutely – I’ve just picked 8 indicators which are available in the Census. You could pick from a huge number more indicators from the Census and plenty of other things which are not in the Census and probably get different results. It was an interesting exercise though, and living not far from Nunawading myself, I concur that while average in many ways it is quite different from others on the list!

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