ARE you a woman, aged in your late 30s, married, have at least one child, earn about $520 a week, have a mortgage, were born in Australia and are either Catholic or Anglican?
If so, you are definitely not alone. In fact, if you answered yes to all of those questions, you may just be the average Bendigonian.
The 2011 Census figures were released yesterday, and they painted a healthy picture of the region.
The City of Greater Bendigo’s population rose by more than 7000 over the past five years, from 93,252 in 2006 to 100,617 last year.
As in 2006, there are more women than men in Greater Bendigo, with 48,776 men and 51,841 women.
The average age of the Greater Bendigo community is 38.
In Bendigo itself, the population is 86,079, with 41,430 men and 44,649 women.
The average age is 37.
The average number of children per family in both Bendigo and Greater Bendigo is 1.9
There are 36,941 homes in Bendigo and 43,538 in the Greater Bendigo area. Between 2.4 and 2.5 people on average live in those dwellings, and the median weekly household income is a little over $990.
The median monthly mortgage repayments in both areas is $1300, with the median weekly rent a little over $200.
Each house has an average of just less than two cars.
Of people aged over 15, 47.2 per cent (Greater Bendigo) and 45.9 per cent (Bendigo) are married, with 34.1 per cent (GB) and 35.3 per cent (B) never married.
The median age of a married person in Greater Bendigo is 53, in Bendigo it is 52. The median age of a separated person in both areas is 49, divorced 54 and never married 24.
Just under 30 per cent of both populations attend an educational institution, with about 27 per cent of those at primary school, 22 per cent in secondary school and 21 per cent in tertiary or technical education.
When it comes to religion, those with no religion top the list at just over 26.5 per cent in both areas.
As far as those who are religious, about 25 per cent said they were Catholic, 17 per cent Anglican, nine per cent Uniting and 2.9 per cent Presbyterian and Reformed.
There are just as many couples with children than without in both areas, and about 4500 one-parent families.
Of single-parent families, more than 83 per cent of them are female.
More statistics will be released later in the year.