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2021 census data shows millennials will soon take over baby boomers as the biggest generation

Move over baby boomers, Australia’s millennial generation is set to become the nation’s largest.

A flurry of new data released Tuesday from the latest census shows that both demographics include 5.4 million people, but the statistics for 2021 reflect a declining number of ‘boomers’ compared to the 2016 survey.

Defined as the generation of people born between 1946 and 1964, the number of baby boomers fell from 25.4 percent to 21.5 percent of the total population. Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, have risen from 20.4 to 21.5 percent.

Data from the 2021 census shows millennials (above) will soon overtake baby boomers as Australia's largest generation

Data from the 2021 census shows millennials (above) will soon overtake baby boomers as Australia’s largest generation

CENSUS CONFIRMATIONS

  • Millennials will soon overtake baby boomers as Australia’s largest generation
  • Australia’s population grew by approximately two million between 2016, the last census, and 2021
  • In 2021 there were two million more people at home on the census evening than in 2016 due to Covid
  • Covid led to an 80 percent decrease in the number of foreign visitors
  • More than one million new migrants have arrived in Australia since 2017, about 80 percent of them before the pandemic
  • More than one in two Australian residents was born or had a foreign-born parent
  • There was a 25 percent increase in the number of Indigenous Australians counted in the census
  • Almost a million new private homes have been added since the 2016 census
  • 43.9 percent of people identify as Christian, down from more than 60 percent a decade ago
  • Nearly 40 percent of respondents identified as ‘non-religious’ compared to 22.3 percent in 2011
  • About eight million people have a long-term health condition

Source: 2021 census

In 1966, baby boomers made up nearly 40 percent of all Australians.

The two generations are often recognized for their opposing values, with boomers often valuing work while millennials value lifestyle.

A social media stalemate earlier this week saw baby boomers calling millennials “nagging, weak babies” for complaining about their workplace.

Business coach Kathy McKenzie told the Daily Mail Australia this week that the #1 thing young workers loathe is older bosses giving clear directions.

“Young people are leaving the workplace because they would rather sit at home with Centrelink payments than do real work,” Dianne, 66, noted online.

“When someone starts mansplaining, (millennials) know they don’t really have to put up with it like they did 10 or 15 years ago,” Ms. McKenzie said.

“Millennials and the new workforce now really understand what coaching and mentoring is. So if their boomer bosses don’t have that skill, they just find it really frustrating and will probably leave.”

The national population grew by about two million people from 2021 to 25.4 million since the last census.

The last census took place in August 2021 during the height of Covid restrictions and lockdowns.

Australian statistician David Gruen said the latest census data revealed important insights into the nation.

“Every stat tells a story, and today we’re sharing a look at the stories of nearly 25.5 million Australians,” he said.

“The census was conducted at an unprecedented time in Australia’s history and provides a unique snapshot of the population during the Covid pandemic, which is different from previous censuses.”

Defined as the generation of people born between 1946 and 1964, the number of baby boomers (above) fell from 25.4 percent to 21.5 percent of the total population.  Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, have risen from 20.4 to 21.5 percent

Defined as the generation of people born between 1946 and 1964, the number of baby boomers (above) fell from 25.4 percent to 21.5 percent of the total population. Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, have risen from 20.4 to 21.5 percent

Due to the consequences of the pandemic, two million more people were at home on the census evening in 2021 than in 2016.

Of those who completed the census, 96 percent did so at their own address.

Covid also led to an 80 percent drop in foreign visitors, with 61,860 in 2021 compared to more than 315,000 in 2016.

More than a million new migrants have arrived in Australia since 2017, according to the census, but about 80 percent of them arrived before the pandemic.

The impact of Covid has also contributed to a change in the way people completed their census, with 79 percent of respondents doing so online.

The national snapshot also revealed that more than one in two Australian residents was born or had a parent abroad.

There was a 25 percent increase in the number of Indigenous Australians counted in the census, totaling over 800,000 people, or 3.2 percent of the population.

Nearly a million new private homes have been added since the last census, with more than 11 million across the country.

Covid lockdowns caused an additional two million people to take the census from their homes compared to 2016 (pictured, a Melbourne shopping center in August 2020, lockdowns)

Covid lockdowns caused an additional two million people to take the census from their homes compared to 2016 (pictured, a Melbourne shopping center in August 2020, lockdowns)

Of these, 70 percent were detached houses, 16 percent apartments and 13 percent townhouses, while the share of apartments continues to increase.

Christianity remains the country’s most common religion, with 43.9 percent of people identifying with the denomination.

However, the figure has fallen from more than 60 percent a decade earlier.

Nearly 40 percent of respondents classified themselves as “non-religious,” compared to 22.3 percent in 2011.

The most recent count included new questions about the Australian Defense Force, which has served more than half a million people.

About eight million people confirmed to have a long-term health condition.

The 2021 census also marked the first time that people could select non-binary gender as an option.

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