Christmas Island 2016 Census


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Christmas Island 2016 Census Statistics.

Christmas Island had a population of 1,843 people in 2016. This includes the 240 detainees in the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre at that time.

Ancestry and Religion on Christmas Island.

The most common ancestries on CI were Chinese (21.2%), Australian (12.7%), Malay (12.0%), English (10.9%) and Irish (2.3%).

38.5% of people on CI were Australian-born, with Malaysia next at 20.1%, followed by New Zealand (3.0%), England (2.5%), Singapore (2.4%) and Iran (1.7%).

The most common responses for religion on CI were Islam (19.4%), Buddhism (18.1%) and Catholic (8.9%). 15.2% identified as having No Religion.

Employment on Christmas Island.

Christmas Island: 71.2% were employed for 35 or more hours per week, 13.3% were employed for under 25 hours per week.
Australia: 62.0% were employed for 35 or more hours per week, 21.5% were employed for under 25 hours per week.


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In 2016, the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over on CI was $1,164. This figure is nearly double the national median weekly personal income of $662. One reason might be that more people are full time employed on CI than on the mainland of Australia.

Government Employment Positions on Christmas Island.

Christmas Island: 27.9% of employees worked in the various government positions including the Correctional and Detention Services.

Australia: 3.9% of employees worked in the various government positions including the Correctional and Detention Services.

Housing Costs on Christmas Island.

In 2016, the median rent on CI was $152 per week, less than half that of Australian national median rent of $335 per week.

Median mortgage repayments on Christmas Island were $1,717 per month, compared to $1,755 per month in Australia.

  • 51.1% of Christmas Island properties had 3 bedrooms, compared to 41.1% for Australia.
  • 43.1% of Christmas Island properties were owned (with or without mortgage), compared to 65.5% for Australia.
  • 51.6% of Christmas Island properties were rented, compared to 30.9% for Australia.

 

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