More Same-Sex Couples In Australia Than Ever, Census Says

The number of same-sex couples in Australia has increased by 42% in the past five years, according to the latest census.

According to data from the 2016 census released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Tuesday, the number of same-sex couples who were together on census night was 47,000.

This figure is 42% more than the 33,000 couples who were recorded in the last census in 2011, and an 81% increase from the 26,000 recorded in 2006.

The number of male and female same-sex couples counted was roughly equal, according to the data. Female same-sex couples are five times as likely to have children.

The ABS counted 23.4 million Australian residents on census night last year, up 1.9 million from 2011, and found the median age of Australians grew from 37 to 38 in five years.

New South Wales is the country’s most populous state, with 7.5 million people counted, ahead of Victoria (5.9 million) and Queensland (4.7 million).

The census also found over a quarter of Australians are now born overseas – rising to 26.3% from 24.6% in 2011 – but for the first time the majority of people born overseas are from Asia instead of Europe.

According to the data, the number of people reporting no religion reached 30% in 2016, up from 22% five years ago.