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Population and dwellings

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245,740

ABS Estimated Resident Population 2016

The Census usual resident population of the RDA Northern Territory in 2016 was 228,833, living in 90,740 dwellings with an average household size of 2.81.

There are a number of different ways of measuring the population of an area, all of which give an insight into the size of the place and its rate of growth over different time periods. The Census counts people where they are on the night of the Census (enumerated population) and also by where they usually live (usual residence). Both these populations are useful and form the basis for a range of characteristics collected in the Census.

However, the most accurate count of the total population is Estimated Resident Population, which factors in an estimate of those missed in the Census and those who were overseas on Census night. It is usually higher than either Census count, and is also updated annually after the Census, providing preliminary estimates for up to 5 years.

This page provides the three population counts for the RDA Northern Territory at the last Census, with comparisons to previous Census years for the Census counts only. The current estimate for the RDA Northern Territory at the most recent year available is shown at the top of the page. This figure is a preliminary estimate only and is subject to review after the next Census data are released. Please use with caution.

Also included are a range of sub-population groups and key statistics from the Census (usual resident) population, such as citizens, employed persons and Indigenous population.

These figures all provide the context for the size of the population and growth rate within the RDA Northern Territory and should be looked at in conjunction with other basic demographic information, such as Age Structure, Dwelling Type and Household Size.

The data on this page are sourced from a variety of different tables and designed to give a range of population and dwelling numbers for the area.

Population
RDA Northern Territory - Total persons20162011Change
PopulationNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Estimated Resident Population245,740----231,292----+14,448
Enumerated Population250,136----228,255----+21,881
Usual Resident Population228,833----211,985----+16,848

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Selected subpopulation categories
RDA Northern Territory - Total people (Usual residence)20162011Change
Population groupNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Males118,57051.852.5109,54451.752.2+9,026
Females110,26648.247.5102,44148.347.8+7,825
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population58,24725.58.756,79426.89.2+1,453
Australian citizens179,96778.675.8175,08382.678.8+4,884
Eligible voters (citizens aged 18+)130,09756.856.2124,62358.858.2+5,474
Population over 15179,36378.479.9162,88176.879.0+16,482
Overseas visitors (enumerated)8,980----6,164----+2,816

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Dwellings
RDA Northern Territory - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
DwellingsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Total dwellings90,740100.0100.081,927100.0100.0+8,813
Occupied private dwellings79,24687.389.772,57988.691.7+6,667
Population in non-private dwellings26,989----19,586----+7,403
Average household size (persons per dwelling)2.81--2.662.90--2.67-0.09

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

*Note that this is an estimate based on ERP at the SA1 level. It is subject to review after the next Census data release and may not match .id's population forecasts.

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