Oz women better educated than men, shows latest census

February 1st, 2009 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, February 1 (ANI): Women in Australia have left men behind in gaining university education, with more females than males holding bachelor degrees.

Figures obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that 28 per cent of women aged between 20 and 29 held a bachelor degree or higher in 2006, compared with 21 per cent of men in the same age bracket.

The latest census also revealed that women were more involved in the workforce than ever before.

Another finding of the census was that youngsters were less likely to believe in religion, according to the Courier Mail.

Those behind the census dubbed people born since 1986 the iGeneration because 80 per cent of them have access to the Internet, and they are obsessed with technology such as iPods and iPhones, the Herald Sun reports.

The 2006 census report shows that the number of people in their late 20s, who still live with their parents, has surged 50 per cent since the 1980s, and that almost a third live at home.

It also shows that single women outnumber single men by 100/99, but as they age survival rates kick inthere are only 69 men aged 75 to every 100 women.

The census also suggests that marriage has become out of fashion with the young, as the proportion of people aged under 35 who have tied the knot has plummeted from 75 per cent to less than half since the 1980s.

People are increasingly choosing to live in the city, with there being just 12 per cent of the population is in rural areas, compared with 42 per cent in 1911.

Half of mothers with children aged under five are in the paid workforce, up from 20 per cent in 1971.

The census even shows that people whose parents were born overseas are more likely to be financially successful than those whose families have been in Australia for generations. (ANI)

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