Stats on Koreans (2011)
I recently worked up some stats on Koreans in Australia, and thought I’d share it with others who might also be interested in getting access to this information. Some of this data is based on the 2011 ABS census, and some is drawn from more recent data from the Department of Immigration.
At the 2011 ABS census there were 84,632 people of Korean ancestry living in Australia. This represents 0.39% of the overall population.
This first of all is the age profile of the Korean population of Australia. As you can see, it is very strong in the 20 to 40 age bracket.
Here I’ve split up the age profile into the different states. You can see that NSW is the place to be.
Notice also the significant showing in the 0-4 years section of the graph – this suggests that people are having kids.
Here is another graph showing the distribution of Koreans across the different states. A huge 58.3% of Koreans live in NSW alone!
And in Sydney, here is a map of where Koreans live. You can see significant clusters in the Strathfield, Chatswood, Lidcombe, Eastwood areas.
Here is a table with numbers for the top 12 areas on this map:
|Strathfield||2614||Hornsby – Waitara||1379|
|Lidcombe – Regents Park||2140||Canterbury Sth – Campsie||1346|
|Chatswood East – Artarmon||1697||West Ryde – Meadowbank||1304|
|Epping – Nth Epping||1674||Carlingford||1256|
|Eastwood – Denistone||1625||Sydney – Haymarket – The Rocks||1237|
|Concord West – North Strathfield||1480||Homebusy Bay – Silverwater||1174|
There has been significant growth in the Korean population between the 2006 and 2011 census dates. Here is a graph that shows you that growth:
That’s a growth of 44.8% over five years from 58,441 at the 2006 ABS census, to 84,632 at the 2011 ABS census. By comparison the general population of Australia only grew by 8.3% during this same time!
And this one shows you that it is primarily the younger segment that is experiencing growth. Here I’ve shifted the 2006 age profile five years across so it sits right under the 2011 age profile – and you can see the growth in the population over time (represented by the area between the graphs).
Here is another graph, this time drawn from data from the Department of Immigration. This one shows the permanent additions to the Australian population from Korea, from 1996-97 all the way to 2011-12. You can see that there has been increasing growth in the Korean population from 2000-2007, and sustained growth since then.
What about in terms of religion? Here is what Koreans indicated in terms of their religion.
Significant numbers of Koreans identified themselves as Presbyterian & Reformed (23.2%), so that just under 45% profess to be Protestant Christians of some kind.
A significant proportion also identified themselves as Roman Catholic (22.6%), and No religion (23.1%).
Given all that – what do you think are the implications for ministry and evangelism? What are the implications for student ministry, workplace ministry and kids ministry into the future?