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22 July, 2022

Gilgandra census statistics

Gilgandra local government area has had an increase in population.

By Emily Middleton

The Gilgandra local government area (LGA) has had a population increase of 59 people in five years, according to the latest 2021 census data.

In 2016, the Gilgandra LGA counted 4236 people. However as of August 2021, there was 4295 people counted, the first growth in the population that The Gilgandra Weekly can find.

According to the 2021 census, 49.4 per cent of Gilgandra’s population is male, while 50.6 per cent of is female. The median age is 46. These percentages are the exact same as 2016, with the only difference being the median age, which was 45.

In 2021, there were 1102 families in the Gilgandra LGA, and the average number of children per family was 0.6. In 2016, this number was 0.7. There were 2113 private dwellings in the Gilgandra LGA, an increase of 261 from 2016.

The average number of people per household currently sits at 2.3 people, whereas in 2016 it was 2.4. The median weekly household income has also increased, from $998 in 2016, to $1149 in 2021.

Goes to say that the median weekly rent has also risen, from $160 in 2016, to $200 in 2021. 14.5 per cent of Gilgandra residents identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and 74.2 percent identify as non-indigenous. The remaining 11.4 per cent did not state their Indigenous status.

Reports have commented that ‘millennials’ (people born between 1981 – 1995), are finally over taking ‘baby boomers’ (people born between 1946 and 1965) in population. While this may be true for the whole of Australia, Gilgandra’s statistics don’t reflect this.

As of the 2021 census, 15.4 percent of Gilgandra’s population were millennials, and 28.1 per cent were baby boomers. Almost double!

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