That is the verdict of the 2016 census, released by Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday, which found Australia’s population has grown by 8.8 per cent to 24.4 million people since the last time the national clock was measured in 2011.
New South Wales remains the nation’s most populous state and Sydney, the nation’s biggest city, but the data shows that Melbourne is set to take the title of Australia’s largest city in the years to come.
But that gap is being cut down by the week.
While the majority of migrants are settled in Sydney and Melbourne, most Kiwis opted to call Queensland their home, with over one in three of the 98,000 New Zealanders who have arrived in Australia since 2011 settling in the Sunshine State.
Australians are getting older.
The Census data also shows that the cost of servicing the average mortgage has fallen and Reardon said that this is largely due to declining interest rates and also the growth in the share of the market that is renting.
People aged 65 and over now make up 16 per cent of the population. Four percent were aged 85 or over, also a record.
The indigenous population has risen.
The Bureau of Statistics counted 23.4 million Australian residents on August 9, 2016, up 1.9 million from 2011.
Meanwhile, in the United States, the number of people deciding on no religion at all is also seeing an uptick.
In the survey, which had a 95% response rate, most Australians didn’t identify with a religion, a first for the country which had been predominantly Catholic.
In the same period, since 1966, the proportion of the population that describes itself as “Christian”, which includes all Christian denominations, has plummeted from 88.2 per cent to 52.1 per cent.
Catholics are no longer the nation’s largest religious affiliation.
For the first time in its history, the proportion of Australians who say they have “no religion” (29.6 per cent) overtook the number who identify as Catholic (22.6 per cent), according to analysis of Australia’s 2016 census by The Guardian.
The number of Canberrans with “no religion” rose about 13 per cent in the past decade.
Two-thirds of all Australians live in capital cities, and 86 per cent of migrants.
But, for the first time, the majority of people born overseas are from Asia, not Europe.
In total, migrants born in China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia now outnumber those born in Europe and New Zealand.
“It is a tipping point”, said Ms Taylor.
Estimates of the size of the indigenous population before Europeans arrived in Australia in 1788 range from 315,000 to more than one million people.
“[The trend] is very obvious”, she said.
Migrants make up 28 per cent of the populations of NSW and Victoria and 32 per cent of the population of Western Australia.
Those homes are also becoming more diverse.
“It’s part of the nature of a changing society, across Australia, there had been an overall strong decline in religion by age, so those who were religious are getting older and growing numbers of young people aren’t following a religion”.