MORE residents in the Latrobe local government area were born in Australia and have both parents born in the country compared to the rest of the nation, in contrast to Melbourne where one in three residents were born overseas.
According to preliminary Census 2011 data, nearly 80.6 per cent of residents in the Latrobe local government area were born in Australia, as opposed to 68.6 per cent in Victoria and 69.8 per cent in the rest of the country.
Some 67.1 per cent of Latrobe City residents have both parents born overseas, compared to the state and national averages of 50.4 and 53.7 per cent, respectively.
There are also nearly as many people of English ancestry as Australian at 28.6 and 30.6 per cent, respectively, as well as Scottish and Irish at 7.7 and 7.3 per cent, respectively.
The median age of the 72,396 residents in the Latrobe local government area is 39 years, and there are more women at 37,031 compared to 35,365 men.
The 19,293 families in the area have an average of two children, and have a median weekly household income of $942.
The median household wage is nearly $300 below the national average, which is $1234, while the state average is $1216.
However, median rent in the area is lower compared to the rest of the state, at $160 a week, compared to $277 in the state and $285 across the country.
The proportion of single-parent families is also higher in Latrobe at 19 per cent, compared to 15.5 per cent statewide and 15.9 per cent nationally.
Also of interest is 27.3 per cent of Latrobe residents identify as having “no religion”, a slightly higher proportion compared to the rest of the state at 24 per cent, and 22.3 per cent nationally.
The proportion of residents that speak two or more languages at home is however, significantly lower than the state and national averages at just 9.1 per cent; in Victoria, about 25.7 per cent speak two or more languages at home while nationally, 20.4 per cent do.