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

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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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