Articles by Simone Alexander

Simone Alexander

Simone Alexander is a demographic consultant with more than 20 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors. She uses her expertise to blog about demographic trends, housing and planning issues in Australia’s cities and regions.


Most people are familiar with the idea of the Census as a population count, but a lot of additional data on dwellings and households are also collected. Similar to population variables, housing data is also available for small geographic areas. This enables users to see the spatial patterns and characteristics across our cities and regions….


The release of the historical population data by the ABS allows us to look at where we’ve come from to where we are today – with a demographic spin. Since 1926, the Australian population has grown considerably, both in size and maturity. Using 30 years to approximate a generation, this blog looks at three generations…


In the second half of 2018, the population of NSW surpassed the 8 million mark. This milestone has been somewhat overlooked in the current discourse around the challenges associated with rapid population growth in Australia. For the last decade, the population growth rate in NSW has been at or around the national average. But don’t…


They say age is just a number, but in the demographic world it’s more than that. The age structure explains a lot about how populations grow and change. Furthermore, the story around many social indicators are enhanced when age is considered. This blog will look at some of the social data released via the Census,…