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Coast grows by 15k in 5 years

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Coast grows by 15k in 5 years

The Central Coast's population has risen to 327,736 people, according to the first wave of data from the 2016 Census, released today.

It represented an increase of 15,000 people from last Census in 2011, when the population was just 312,186.

There are 87,869 families and over 144,000 private dwellings.

We've also learnt more about specific areas of the Coast:

We are also home to a higher proportion of divorced, separated and widowed people, with a lower rate for those married.

As for religion, 27.6% of Coasties had none, while Christianity was the largest group at 67.1%.

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Overall, Australia's population grew by 8.8% over the past 5 years, to 23.4 million overall.

The figures also reveal more Aussies are becoming bi-lingual - the number of us speaking only English at home fell from almost 77 per cent in 2011 to almost 73 per cent in 2016.

Meanwhile, 30 per cent of us identified as having no religion, compared with 25 per cent in the 2011. 

The number of Australians older than 65 has grown by nearly 665,000, while the median weekly income has risen by 85 bucks to $662.

Statistics on employment and how we get to work are set to be released in October.

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