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The Average Australian Probably Didn't Chuck A Sickie Today

And other stats about people who are far from average.

27/01/2017 10:04 AM AEDT | Updated 27/01/2017 10:20 AM AEDT
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Statistically, the average Australian is more likely to be female than male.

Australia is home to 24,341,000 people, living in more than 9 million households comprised of more than 300 different ancestries. And while Australians are anything but average, what would a statistically "average" Aussie look like?

Statistically, the average Australian is more likely to be female than male, with Australia having 100 women for every 99 men.

The average Australian is aged 37.3, which means they were born in 1979 and so are officially Generation X. Women in Australia outlive men on average by a few years, and our average 37-year-old male can expect to live another 44.6 years to almost 82, while a 37-year-old women will average another 48.3 years to live past 85.

The average Australian adult is employed, most likely full-time (68 percent of all employees), gets to work by car (69 percent of all commuters) and is probably earning $60,330 per year (average of all employees, before tax).

Far from "chucking a sickie", if working full-time they will take just 4 days of sick leave per year (less than their entitlement). Nor are they living up to the "land of the long weekend" moniker either, taking just 16 days annual leave -- again less than the 20 days of entitlement. And the "she'll be right" attitude is not coming through in their work attitude, with full-timers working on average 41 hours per week -- well above the 38-hour week.

They live in a capital city (3 in 5 of us), in a household of almost 3 people, most likely have two or more cars for their household, and drive on average 14,000 kilometres per year.

They are paying off their 3-bedroom home where they have lived for 5 years and have $427,847 equity in their home, which is the bulk of their wealth. Apart from their car and house, they also have $65,880 worth of stuff -- the total value of all of their other household possessions.

And on average they've most likely experienced and contributed to the great Australian value of community and mateship.

The average Australian identifies their religion as Christianity (61 percent), has completed Year 12, and has gone on to complete a post-secondary qualification. They most likely have a child, and they live in a household with a pet.

The average Australian man is 178 cm tall and weighs 85 kg, while the average woman is 164 cm and weighs 68 kg. The World Health Organisation states that a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 to 29 is overweight, which is where the average Australian sits, with 27 for a male and 26 for a female.

But they are doing something about it and exercise on average 3 times per week, and they get 7.2 hours of sleep per night.

And on average they've most likely experienced and contributed to the great Australian value of community and mateship. It is a "come in for a cuppa" culture that gives a "no worries" welcome to someone regardless of how average or not they might be.



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