Swings and roundabouts

July 07, 2017

How did your area shape up in the 2016 census?

How did your area shape up in the 2016 census?


Avenel has neither really grown or shrunk in the past five years, yet renting has become considerably more expensive.

In 2011 the median rent price was $165 but in 2016 that figure was $230, the biggest price hike in the region.

The median monthly mortgage repayment is on par with Nagambie at $1300 per month.

The population has remained the same at 1048 and the number of homes in the area has decreased marginally from 489 to 483.

Avenel isn’t getting any younger but it’s not getting older either — the median age remains the same at 45.


Younger people are moving to Broadford.

New housing developments in the area appear to have made Broadford an attractive option to a younger crowd looking to settle down and start a family.

The median age in Broadford is just 39, about on par with the Australian average of 38, but well below its neighbouring Tallarook (46), Seymour (45) and Nagambie (50).

Since the 2011 census the population has grown from 4175 to 4319 while the number of dwellings has increased from 1691 to 1800.

The number of people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander has decreased from 51 to 40.


Nagambie has been in a significant growth phase over the past five years.

The population has climbed steadily from 1548 to 1886, an increase of nearly 22 per cent and the largest increase in the region.

The number of houses has also increased from 823 to 1032.

Census data has revealed that the median age of people in the Nagambie region is now 50, where as five years ago it was 46.

The data suggests that new housing developments have attracted an influx of retirees seeking a lakeside lifestyle change.

The median age across Victoria is 37.

Nagambie also has some of the most expensive housing in the region.

The median monthly mortgage repayment comes in at $1300 while the median household income sits at $956 — another indicator that retirees are buying up big in Nagambie.

The number of people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander has increased from 34 to 53.


Seymour has experienced a gradual population decline.

Since 2011 the number of people living in Seymour has dropped from 6369 to 6327.

In that time, the number of new dwellings has improved at a crawl, from 2924 to 3021.

The median monthly mortgage repayments remain some of the lowest in the region ($1192) but housing affordability has not been enough to keep young people from leaving.

The median age of people in Seymour is now 45, up from 38 in 2006.

Seymour has benefited from becoming more diverse but the effect has largely been cancelled out by young people leaving.

In 2016, 22.3 per cent of residents said they were born overseas, up from 16.6 per cent in 2011.

On par with the Victorian and Australian averages, 31.5 per cent of people said they weren’t religious, while 25.7 per cent described themselves as Catholic.

This was a dramatic shift from 2011 where 25.2 per cent described themselves as having no religion.

Christianity was far and away the largest group at 61.2 per cent, although this has dropped.

The number of people who identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander increased from 122 to 161 since the 2011 census.

This is in-line with trends across Australia but the median age has dropped from 24 to 18.


Tallarook has shrunk dramatically considering the size of its population.

In 2011 the townrecorded 789 people, but that’s now dropped by almost seven per cent to 736 in 2016.

Housing prices have remained the most expensive in the region, likely due to pastoral land and the size of each allotment, but they’ve also been in decline.

Median monthly mortgage repayments have dropped from $1625 to $1517 while the weekly household income has increased from $1224 to $1336.

New families have moved into the area from a diverse range of predominantly European backgrounds while others have departed.

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