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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.

1. Distribution

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.

Korean - Age profile Australia wide graph - 2011

Here I’ve split up the age profile into the different states. You can see that NSW is the place to be.

Korean - Age profile by state graph - 2011

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!

Korean - by state pie graph - 2011

And in Sydney, here is a map of where Koreans live. You can see significant clusters in the Strathfield, Chatswood, Lidcombe, Eastwood areas.

Korean - Map distribution Sydney by SA2 - 2011

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


2. Growth

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:

Korean - Growth from 2006 to 2011 bar graph

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).

Korean - Age profile growth from 2006 to 2011

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.

Korean - Immigration data from 1996-2012

3. Religion

What about in terms of religion? Here is what Koreans indicated in terms of their religion.

Korean - Religion pie graph - 2011

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?

Categories: Statistics
  1. Bruce Hall
    16 October 2013 at 11:38 am

    Thanks Andrew Bruce

    Bruce Hall

  2. 17 October 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve just added a table with the actual numbers for 12 areas in Sydney – hope that’s helpful.

  3. 22 November 2013 at 11:49 am

    That’s exciting…maybe one day we’ll have an ‘Asian Australian’ ministry with lots of 2nd/3rd gen Chinese/Koreans like in the U.S.
    We have one Korean family at our church – the full gospel church down the road was a bit too intense for them

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