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New South Wales State Electoral Districts Ranked by 2001 Census Characteristics

New South Wales State Electoral Districts Ranked by 2001 Census Characteristics

Advice on legislation or legal policy issues contained in this paper is provided for use in parliamentary debate and for related parliamentary purposes. This paper is not professional legal opinion.
Briefing Paper No. 01/2003 by Mark D'Arney
This paper provides an analysis of selected socio-economic data from the “2001 Census of Population and Housing” for New South Wales State Electoral Districts.

Data for each characteristic is presented in two tables. The first table ranks each Electoral District, in descending order, on the relative value of the selected data item. The second lists the same information for each electorate in alphabetical order. An average score for each data item has been included in each table in this publication. The mean score is shown at the end of each table while the median (middle) score is denoted within each table by the 47th ranked score. The rankings have also been carried over into the alphabetically sorted Electorate tables in this publication. The political party holding the seat as at January 2003 is also listed.

Regional data for each characteristic is also presented in the tables showing average population and average proportion of population for regions defined as Metropolitan electorates, Central Coast electorates, Illawarra electorates, Newcastle electorates, North Coast electorates and Country electorates. The advice of Antony Green in defining these regions is gratefully acknowledged.

All data has been extracted from the Census 2001 and Census 1996 spreadsheet data provided to the NSW Parliamentary Library by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The data used presents the 2001 census data in relation to the New South Wales state electoral boundaries as redistributed in 1998. This publication also calculates rates of change over the five year period between Census 1996 and Census 2001 expressed as a positive or negative percentage figure relative to the particular characteristic in the Census 1996 spreadsheet data.

Electorate square kilometre size was extracted from the 1998 NSW State Electoral Redistribution report. Enrolment figures which appear in the Appendices are extracted from New South Wales Enrolment Statistics supplied by the State Electoral Office. The ranked tables that appear in this publication have been produced using Microsoft Excel.

All tables should be read in conjunction with the definitions provided in this paper.