Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Talking about the generations

  • Oldest generation most likely to live alone
  • Lucky generation retire gradually
  • Baby boomers share breadwinning role
  • Generation X and Y the most highly qualified
  • iGeneration live up to their name

Find out more in the feature article 'From generation to generation' in A Picture of the Nation: the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census, 2006 (cat. no. 2070.0).

This article takes a generational view of the population and uses it as a framework to analyse census data in order to better understand the changes that have occurred and continue to occur in Australian society.

Five generation cohorts are identified in the article with a definition of each generation provided as well as a description of their social and economic history and current characteristics. The article reveals how understanding the differences between the generations can help us to understand the changes that have occurred and continue to occur in Australian society.

Among other things, the article looks at the differences between the 'Living arrangements and relationship in household' and the 'Labour Force Status' of the different generations.

Other articles throughout the report also take a generational view to provide a more in-depth analysis of various aspects of the life experience of these generations.

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