Indians second-biggest migrant community in Australia

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Australia is becoming older and more diverse - both culturally and religiously - according to new data from the country's census.

The census data comes at an interesting time, when people all over Australia (and Europe and the U.S.) are anxious about being overtaken by Muslims. Now we can start to dig into the data that defines a nation.

The idea of the "typical" Australian has also fundamentally shifted. Mortgages, meanwhile, were held by just over 1 in 4 Australians (27.5 per cent) in 1991 but are now held by more than a third (34.5 per cent) of Australian homeowners. The census counted 664,473 more people aged 65 and over than five years ago.

Australian Statistician David W. Kalisch said the ABS was pleased to deliver this valuable dataset for Australia, emphasising it is high quality and acknowledging the participation of Australians.

In a statement released on Tuesday, AFA president Kylie Sturgess said that the organization is hopeful that Australian politicians will see the population that marked "no religion" as a serious force in the country's political landscape.

In the past five years 1.3 million new migrants have arrived, with China (191,000) and India (163,000) making up the largest numbers of most recent arrivals.

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University of Western Sydney's Dr Laura Zhong, who moved to Australia 10 years ago, said it was an ideal country to raise children in.

This is a growth of 18.8%, concentrated mainly in New South Wales and Queensland, and is much faster than the growth of the non-Indigenous population.

Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, congratulated the Hindu community in Australia for continuing with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education, sanctity of marriage, etc., amidst so many distractions. In 2011 there were 62,353, and in 2006 there were 60,561.

Population is growing faster than decade averages in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania, underpinning housing demand.

At the same time, it showed a record 30 per cent of Australians no longer identify as having a religion at all.

"With around 70% of all dwellings constructed in Sydney over the previous year being apartments the percentage of dwellings that are apartments will continue to grow".

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Meanwhile, the number of Australians speaking only English at home fell from nearly 77 per cent in 2011 to nearly 73 per cent in 2016.

An independent assurance panel has declared itself satisfied with the quality of the census despite passive resistance and an upsurge in the use of false or unlikely names amid concerns about privacy.

The threat of being fined $180 for every day your Census form was late obviously worked a treat.

The collapse of the census website on census night also dented confidence in the ability of the bureau to safely handle data. It is created to allow users to produce data specific to their needs.

Here are some take-outs from this week's release of the national data.

CLICK TO READ: Results are in: Aussies admire people who live out a genuine faith. They contain data for all Census geographies from Australia down to Statistical Area Level 1.

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