New figures confirm Border's thriving

Albury Wodonga residents are becoming a little older, a little wealthier and more ethnically diverse, according to the latest Census data.

The data also confirms the cities are growing, with the population rising by 1.6 per cent per annum since 2011 to 90,427, putting the combined communities in a good position to capitalise on the opportunities that growth will bring.

The average income for local families has risen by more than 3 per cent annually to $1,229 per week. While that’s $209 below the national average, it’s offset by our affordable housing, with mortgage repayments falling by half a per cent.

AlburyCity Mayor, Kevin Mack, said the data shows Albury Wodonga continues to thrive.

“Our income growth compared to housing costs shows the region remains a great place to live, work and invest,” he said.

“Interestingly, the figures show we’re becoming more cosmopolitan, with significant growth in the number of people born overseas adding to the cultural mix that will help us to become even more diverse and vibrant in years to come.”

Some of the biggest annual changes across the border include:

  • The median age increased from 36 to 38, with a 3% annual increase in the 60+ years age bracket.
  • Strong growth in individuals born in India, the Philippines and New Zealand, and an annual 2.5% decrease in those born in England.
  • Identifying as having ‘No religion’ is now the most popular religious status, followed by Catholic (25.2%) and Anglican (16.4%)
  • Personal income has risen by 3% annually, but is still marginally lower than the NSW ($664) and Australian ($662) medians.
  • Median rents have increased 3.8% to $241, but median mortgage repayments have dropped 0.5% to $1,426.
  • Albury Wodonga’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population has increased by 5.7% annually to 2,393.