Rebecca’s question: Who is living in all these new apartments?

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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3 Responses

  1. Pristine says:

    Thank you for such an excellent tutorial, Glenn. I have followed it and tried out the steps on my council area. Very interesting! About the people who have moved address, the Social Atlas says this is derived from the census questions ‘Where does the person usually live?’ and ‘Where did the person usually live five years ago (at 9 August 2006)’. Does this mean the the maps produced show people who have moved into those small areas (and possibly those who moved within the small area)?

    • Hi Pristine,

      Glad you found it useful! That map, though derived from those questions, only shows whether or not people have moved. Not where they have moved from. They could have moved next door, across the country or from overseas. For Canterbury-Bankstown overall, you can look at our Migration Summary page for more detail:

      This shows that a massive 55% of those who moved within Australia and ended up in Canterbury-Bankstown, moved from elsewhere in Canterbury-Bankstown – it’s a big place so perhaps this isnt’surprising. It is possible to get this info at a lower level but it’s only displayed on to the LGA level.

  2. jane says:

    I wonder if the transient occupation by short term and holiday letting is a category that is identifiable through this data? Its distribution and prevalence in LGA in strata is increasingly a point of interest for planners and regulators. I guess its not a census category yet.

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