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Living longer but it costs more

WE'RE growing in numbers, aging and paying more for housing. That's the bare bones of the figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on the Clarence Valley local government area.

The 2011 Census of Population and Housing has revealed we're not only getting older but we're paying almost double the amount for our mortgages compared with median prices back in 2001.

The median age of the Clarence Valley community has jumped from 41 in 2001 to 46, indicating that we're on average a little older than the state median age of 38.

Housing in the Clarence Valley local government area has seen some significant changes in the past five years with median household weekly rents up to $210 from $150 in 2006, an increase of 40%, compared with the national average of $285 which is an increase of 49.2%.

Median mortgage repayments are also climbing, up from $693 per month in 2001 to $1300 in 2011.

This compares with the national average of $1800, which rose by 38.5%.

The latest figures also show our population now stands at 50,260, with 25,473 female and 24,787 males, an increase of 1696 people in the past five years.

The average household size remains largely unchanged at 2.4 persons.

The New South Wales population increased by 5.6% over the past five years. The national average is 8.3%.

Locally personal income has seen a modest increase, rising from $335 per week in 2006 to a current average of $396 per week.

Household income has risen too, from $657 to $770 a week over five years.

The figures also reveal the vast majority of residents in the Clarence region were born in Australia, with a largely Anglo heritage, including 20,988 residents born from English parents, followed by Ireland at 5924 and Scotland at 5450.

Indigenous Australians residing in the Clarence Valley are numbered at 2845.

New South Wales census director Mark Harding said the release of 2011 Census data was a big day for the state.

"This data will help shape the future of New South Wales over the next five years," Mr Harding said.

"Census data is used to help determine the allocation of GST funding to our State and to plan vital services and infrastructure.

"This includes things such as hospitals and health services, schools and public transport."

Mr Harding thanked people for participating in the Census and encouraged everyone to make use of Australia's richest source of statistical information.

Data from the Census of Population and Housing is on the ABS website, www.abs.gov.au/census.

 

Fast Valley facts

Median age is 46

Average weekly rents $210

Average income is $386

www.abs.gov.au/census

Topics:  australian bureau of statistics, clarence valley, costs, government, grafton, latest figures, living


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