By Craig Butt
Victoria today is markedly different to what it was 10 years ago — Millennials make up a larger proportion of the voting-age population, the state is less religious and more people were born overseas.
The demographic landscape of most of Victoria’s 88 seats has also changed in that time; in some areas, the shifts will mean candidates have to appeal to a very different population than 10 — or even five — years ago.
Using the interactive below, you can see a breakdown of the voting-age population in your seat and how it has changed over the past decade, along with how it compares to the rest of the state in terms of the generational split, average income, housing costs, homeownership status, cultural background and more.
This tool was built using custom census data going back 10 years, which has been matched to the boundaries of each seat that will be contested at this month’s state election.
Enter your address in the search box below to be matched to your state seat. Alternatively, if you already know the name of your seat, you can select it from the drop-down menu.
If you click any of the little blue plus-sign (+) icons in the interactive, you can see how your area ranks out of all 88 state seats in Victoria for the chosen data point. You may find that your seat has the highest average income, the highest percentage of people with no religion, or the highest percentage of Baby Boomers of anywhere in the state.
Finally, to get a better sense of how your seat compares to the rest of the state, these graphs show the trends over the past decade:
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