What to do when you think the ABS doesn’t recognise your town’s population? Form a republic!

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Glenn is our resident Census expert. After ten years working at the ABS, Glenn's deep knowledge of the Census has been a crucial input in the development of our community profiles. These tools help everyday people uncover the rich and important stories about our communities that are often hidden deep in the Census data. Glenn is also our most prolific blogger - if you're reading this, you've just finished reading one of his blogs. Take a quick look at the front page of our blog and you'll no doubt find more of Glenn's latest work. As a client manager, Glenn travels the country giving sought-after briefings to councils and communities (these are also great opportunities for Glenn to tend to his rankings in Geolocation games such as Munzee and Geocaching).

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  1. I have just amended the article – Apparently Taradale wasn’t an official locality in 2006 either, and I can’t find it in the list right back to 1991! In 2006 it had 199 people enumerated – the figure of 200 on our site must have incorporated a small random adjustment. So it missed out on being a locality then by 1. And now it never will be, because the town boundary has been removed.

    The tighter boundary around the town was available in all the earlier Censuses and that’s what we used on our summary profile page from 2006, but the ABS never had Taradale in their locality list. As I said in the article, I think the new boundary is a better measure of the population anyway.

    So in many cases these protests about removal of towns are perhaps a little misguided. You can get the info for most towns but always check what boundary you’re using and whether it has changed between Censues. Certainly if you checked the ABS website for 2006 and 2011 you would think the population of Taradale had more than doubled, when really it’s just the boundary that’s expanded.

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