Say g'day to our typical true blue Aussie, a 38-year-old mum of two

RIDGY DIDGE: Typical Aussie Katy Dunlop with husband Bill and sons Sam, 5, and Will, 6, at their home in Orange. Photo: DAVID FITZSIMONS
RIDGY DIDGE: Typical Aussie Katy Dunlop with husband Bill and sons Sam, 5, and Will, 6, at their home in Orange. Photo: DAVID FITZSIMONS

Meet Orange’s typical Aussie.

When the first details of the 2016 census were released a few days ago Katy Dunlop couldn’t believe what she was reading.

She ticks every box for the criteria that make up the “typical” Australian.

Mrs Dunlop is a 38-year-old married mother of two born in Australia, as were her parents.

Typically one of her grandparents, in this case her grandmother, was born in England.

Not only that she completed year 12 at school and does between five and 14 hours of unpaid domestic work.

And yes, Mrs Dunlop has two cars, a Toyota and a VW, lives in a three-bedroom house which she owns with a mortgage.

“Nobody else I know fits the bill,” she said.

Mrs Dunlop said she had joked with friends there was a logical reason about the profile result obtained from an online survey that crashed with too many users on census night.

“The reason why a 38-year-old mum is the typical Australian is because they were the only ones organised to do the census before the site crashed.”

Mrs Dunlop is a learning and support teacher three days at week at Orange Public School.

She said she and husband Bill moved to Orange from Sydney about five years ago.

The census results also showed how the Australian population is changing.

In 1911, when the first census was taken, the typical Aussie was a 24-year-old male.

Ten years ago the typical Aussie was a woman, but one-year younger than the latest census finding.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS] report said the typical Aussie male was now aged 37 and spends less than five hours doing domestic work.

While figures for individual cities have not yet been released, the census findings for NSW also show a shift in the population.

It revealed that in 2006 the typical migrant to NSW was a 45-year-old woman born in England.

However, that has changed and typical migrant to NSW is now a 44-year-old woman born in China.

The census also found that the typical Indigenous person in Australia is a 24-year-old woman.

And she is two years older than the typical Indigenous man in Australia. 

The “typical” profiles are the median figures from the census.