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The Census is out. This is what the average Australian looks like today.

Key takeaways from the 2016 Census were released on Tuesday morning, and they show we’re getting older, paying more rent, turning on religion and welcoming more migrants from Asia than Europe.

But the figures also paint a picture of what the average Australian looks like.

READ MORE: Our bite-size overview of the 2016 Census results.

Of course, we’re a diverse, eclectic bunch – much like a fine wine – that can’t be reduced to a few dot points. We’re complex and full-bodied with a hint of oak goddammit.

As sophisticated as every single one of you are, if you’re reading this right now, there’s a chance this could describe you pretty well…

The average Australian

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the typical Aussie is a 38-year-old female, who was born in Australia but has English ancestry. Let’s call her Sarah.

G'day, Sare! (Image: Getty)
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Sarah graduated high school, but doesn't have a tertiary education. She lives in a capital city, likely Sydney, where she has a three-bedroom home (and, I think it goes without saying, a whopping mortgage).

Sarah is married to a man - we'll call him Michael - who's 37. Together they have two children, and own two motor vehicles.

Sarah and Michael each earn $662 per week - the national median personal income. If this sounds low, that's because it takes into account all kinds of work; including full-time, part-time and casual employment.

For the first time in Australian history, Sarah is utterly unreligious. She spends up to 14 hours every week doing unpaid housework, while Michael does just five hours per week. (You absolute rat bag, Mick.)

And, uhhh, I don't want to ruin the hard work of the Australian Bureau of Statistics here... but Sarah's probably also a big Mamamia reader. Because OBVIOUSLY.

The typical Torres Strait person

For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the statistics read a little differently. This population is much younger than the rest of Australia. The average person would still be female, but instead of 38, Sarah's just 23.

As for Michael? He's just 21.

The typical migrant

If you weren't born in Australia, the chances are you're 44 years old, a woman, and were born in the United Kingdom. You moved to Sydney, where 28 per cent of Australian migrants settle.

But the next time we do the Census? It's pretty likely most migrants will come from Asia, with India and China taking over from European countries as those with the largest numbers of arrivals.

Does the average Australian describe you very well?

*Data from the Australia Bureau of Statistics

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