2021 census: fewer people speak Greek at home as Christianity collapses

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On a winter’s evening last August, you or a family member would have probably filled in the 2021 census, along with millions of other people across Australia.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has since released the first batch of data today and there are some surprising findings relating to language, religion, ancestry and health.

The Greek Herald has an overview of everything you need to know.

Greek language and ancestry in Australia:

The total population of Australia according to the 2021 census is 25,766,605 people. Of this figure, 425,000 people declared to be of Greek ancestry (1.6%) and 41,000 Cypriots (0.1%).

When it comes to specific numbers by state, Victoria still has Australia’s largest Greek population at 181,200 and NSW comes second at 141,600. This was followed by SA at 41,000, Queensland at 33 000, WA with 16,000, ACT with 5,500, NT with 4,300 and Tasmania with 2,600.

For Cypriot figures by state, Victoria has the largest Cypriot population with 16,514 followed by NSW with 14,902, Queensland with 3,371, SA with 3,561, WA with 875, ACT with 401, NT with 319 and Tasmania with 160.

In terms of Southern European languages ​​used at home, Greek remains the top language with 229,643 people, followed closely by Italian and Spanish.

Although this is a drop of 8,000 from the 2016 census, the Greek language is still among the top 12 languages ​​spoken in Australia, taking 6th place.

Most people who speak Greek at home are in Victoria (107,158), followed by NSW (78,691), SA (21,882), Queensland (10,475), WA (4,520), NT (3,258) , ACT (2,527), and TAS (1,126).

Rise of millennials:

According to the 2021 census, baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1965) and millennials (born between 1981 and 1995) each make up 21.5% of the country’s 25.5 million people.

At the last census, baby boomers made up more than 25% of Australians, while 20% of the population were millennials.

A comparison between baby boomers and millennials.

According to Demi Kotsoris, a 27-year-old millennial who spoke to The Sydney Morning Heraldthese statistics mean his generation will shape workplaces for years to come.

She said hers was a generation in limbo shaped by the internet that wasn’t as committed to a work ethic and loyalty as previous generations.

Millennial Demi Kotsoris, working from her van in Bondi, says her generation is in limbo. Photo: Wolter Peeters.

Christianity plummets as ‘non-religious’ surge in census:

For the first time in the census, less than half of Australians identified as Christian, down from 52% five years earlier and 61% in 2011.

The proportion of Australians identifying as Catholic has fallen from 23 to 20% over the past five years, while that of self-identifying Anglicans has fallen from 13 to 10%.

religious comparison. Source: ABC News.

Christianity remains the most widespread religion in the country (declared by 43.9% of the population).

By contrast, the number of Australians who said they had no religion rose to 38.9% (from 30.1% in 2016).

Based on current trends, non-believers could overtake Christians as the largest religious bloc in Australia by the next census in 2026.

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