Census reveals there are 157, 243 of us

The average Hills Shire resident is aged in their late 30s, was born in Australia and has a median weekly income of $2363, the latest 2016 Census figures revealed.

Data also shows residents are most likely paying off a mortgage, live in a single dwelling house and live with their family – the most common household type represented in the region at 53 per cent.

Residents born in China more than doubled within the Shire to a total of 8067 people, and those born in India increased by 56 per cent to 5703 people.

While the once dominant UK born residents continued their decline, falling six per cent in the last four years to 6089 people.

Further to the data, more than half of residents within the Shire have parents who were both born overseas. This is a six per cent increase from 2011, which is higher than the national rate of 0.1 per cent.

The most common housing tenure in The Hills remains “own with a mortgage”, while the median mortgage repayments declined from $2600 to $2500.

However the weekly rent in The Hills has increased from $455 to $560, which is $120 higher than the Greater Sydney average.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said the latest Census data can be accessed on Council’s Community Profile webpage, profile.id.com.au/the-hills.

“It’s a great place to source information about our amazing Shire for research, business planning, school assignments or if you wanting to know more about our beautiful region,” Mayor Keane.

“The webpage provides the most up-to-date demographic analysis for the Shire and its suburbs based on results from the 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing. The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures such as the annual Estimated Resident Population (ERP).

“I encourage everyone to visit the webpage to find out more about our population, age structure, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, employment and so much more,” Mayor Keane added.

For more information, please contact Council’s Economic Development Team on (02) 9843 0399 or (02) 9843 0324.

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