ACT thriving in new census data

Posted 27 Jun 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Canberra offers the ultimate work/life balance with access to world-class facilities, stunning natural surrounds and great career opportunities.

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More people than ever before are seeing Canberra as a great place to live, with the ACT coming in as the fastest growing jurisdiction in Australia according to the 2016 Census.

The first release of data from the 2016 Census reveals the ACT is growing faster than every other state and territory, with population up 11.2% to 397,397 on Census night.

The 2016 Census data shows people are flocking to Canberra for high quality jobs, healthcare and education, and a high standard of living.

The ACT’s median household income is the highest in the nation at $998 per week, almost 150% of the Australia-wide median of $662 per week.

Our city’s population is growing because more people than ever are finding out what locals already know: Canberra is a great place to live.

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More people are choosing Canberra to live because of its fantastic lifestyle. The city has everything you need from local businesses to multinational companies, world class education, and is surrounded by nature.

We are a diverse community, with this Census showing a slight increase in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, while more than a quarter ACT residents were born overseas.

From celebrating multiculturalism to diversifying our economy and creating more and better jobs, our investments are paying off.


This government is making sure the city we love will be even better as it grows, by delivering better healthcare, betters schools and better infrastructure like roads and public transport to support our population into the future.

Canberrans can be proud of the direction this city is headed as we focus on building a better place to live, work, study and invest.

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