9 key insights about Victoria from the 2021 Census survey
The 2021 Census survey reveals how life has changed in Victoria in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and shifting social norms.
If the 2021 Census survey has showed us anything, it’s that life in Victoria is changing.
The latest data, released 28 June, is a snapshot of mid-pandemic Australia, providing unique insights into how the nation responded to one of the most challenging times in our country’s history.
Census night was held on 10 August 2021 during some of the most stringent of COVID-19 restrictions, with lockdowns and border closures impacting where many Australians completed the survey.
At the time of the survey, two million more people were at home compared to 2016, with 96 per cent of those completing the survey at their own address. The Census also dispels the widely-held belief that Victorians fled the state during what was one of the longest lockdowns in the world.
Though NSW continues to be the most populous state, with a population of more than eight million people, Victoria isn’t far behind with 6.5 million people still calling the southern slice home. This was up from 5.9 million in 2016. We’re also still more likely to live in capital cities (66.9 per cent) than regional areas. (33.1 per cent).
The impacts of international border restrictions have also been revealed, with the 2021 Census counting just 61,860 overseas visitors in the country at the time of the survey, significantly fewer than the 315,531 in 2016.
As well as capturing the impacts of COVID-19 on the population’s living and movement habits, the latest Census data highlights shifting social, generational and family dynamics across our state.