How urbanised is Australia’s population?

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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7 Responses

  1. Ian Woodcock says:

    Hi Glenn – do you have figures that show how urbanised Australia has been since European settlement, or at least, since the first formal census was done? I imagine that many of the definitions and categorisations may have changed during this time, but it would be fascinating to get a sense of the the trajectory of urbanisation in Australia, given that it is now so highly urbanised. Thanks!

  2. Rob P says:

    ‘A population of more than 1000’ is a very peculiar definition of ‘urban’ and renders this data more or less meaningless, in my opinion.

    From a rural health perspective, a population size of 5000 -10,000 is enough to sustain a rural district hospital. I would be interested in the state by state breakdown of towns of this size.

  3. Hugh Dickey (Auckland NZ) says:

    I have done a detailed urban/rural population divide using various criteria from 1874 onwards, and would love to have historical data from Australia to compare this with. Are you either able to help me out or point me in the right direction?
    Many thanks

  4. Bud says:

    coolios buddy.

  5. Ian Bowie says:

    I refer Hugh to my ‘The Urban and Non Urban Populations of Australia 1800-1981,’ A Mitchell Occasional Paper in Geography (ISSN 0812-2423), Mitchell C A E, Bathurst, NSW, 1987.

  6. nigga AYE says:

    The world has never seen such an intense period of urbanization: is it sustainable on a global level?

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    […] figures indicate that all the mainland states have an urbanisation rate of c.90%. You can see detailed numbers here. One of the issues this creates is that even though we have a growing population – we are […]

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