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2006 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | Queensland | Statistical Districts

Cairns (QLD)

Code 3061 (SDIST)
People 122,731
Male 61,221
Female 61,510
Median age 34
Australian citizenship 101,700
People born overseas 22,614
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 11,762
Families 31,157
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 55,772
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,054
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,280
Median weekly rent $198
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Expand People category,
includes demographics | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics
People Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Total 122,731 -- 19,855,288 --
Male 61,221 49.9 9,799,252 49.4
Female 61,510 50.1 10,056,036 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 9,617 7.8 455,031 2.3

In the 2006 Census, 122,731 people were usually resident in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts): of these 49.9% were male and 50.1% were female. Of the total population 7.8% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Age Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
People
0-4 years 8,915 7.3 1,260,405 6.3
5-14 years 18,159 14.8 2,676,807 13.5
15-24 years 16,081 13.1 2,704,276 13.6
25-54 years 56,501 46.0 8,376,751 42.2
55-64 years 12,380 10.1 2,192,675 11.0
65 years and over 10,695 8.7 2,644,374 13.3
 
Median age 34 -- 37 --

In the 2006 Census, 22.1% of people usually resident in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts) were children aged 0-14 years, and 18.8% were people aged 55 years and over. The median age was 34 years.

Selected characteristics Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Australian citizenship 101,700 82.9 17,095,569 86.1
People born overseas 22,614 18.4 4,416,037 22.2
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 11,762 9.6 206,358 1.0

In the 2006 Census, 82.9% of people usually resident in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts) were Australian citizens, 18.4% were born overseas and 9.6% people were overseas visitors.

Registered marital status Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 41,081 42.9 7,900,684 49.6
Separated or divorced 13,414 14.0 1,801,979 11.3
Widowed 4,185 4.4 936,813 5.9
Never married 36,978 38.7 5,278,600 33.2

In the 2006 Census, 42.9% of people aged 15 years and over usually resident in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts) were married, 14.0% were either separated or divorced, 4.4% were widowed and 38.7% were never married.

People — cultural & language diversity
Country of birth Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Australia 88,080 71.8 14,072,944 70.9
 
Other top responses

Religious affiliation, top responses Cairns (QLD) % Australia %

Language, top responses (other than English) Cairns (QLD) % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 40,349 63.9 5,827,432 60.7
Worked part-time 16,134 25.5 2,685,193 27.9
Away from work 2,312 3.7 337,991 3.5
Hours worked not stated 1,625 2.6 253,567 2.6
Unemployed 2,741 4.3 503,804 5.2
Not in the labour force 23,256 -- 5,271,116 --
Total labour force (includes employed and unemployed people) 63,161 -- 9,607,987 --
 
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During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 63,161 people aged 15 years and over in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts) were in the labour force. Of these 63.9% worked full-time, 25.5% worked part-time, 3.7% were away from work, 2.6% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 4.3% were unemployed. 23,256 people were not in the labour force.

Occupation Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Industry of employment, top responses Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 534 -- 466 --
Family 1,180 -- 1,171 --
Household 1,054 -- 1,027 --

In the 2006 Census in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts), the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $534, the median family income was $1,180 and the median household income was $1,054.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition

Families — family composition
Family composition Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Couple family without children 11,736 37.7 1,943,643 37.2
Couple family with children 13,047 41.9 2,362,582 45.3
One parent family 5,830 18.7 823,254 15.8
Other family 544 1.7 89,686 1.7
Total families 31,157 -- 5,219,165 --

In the 2006 Census, there were 31,157 families in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts): of these 37.7% were couple families without children, 41.9% were couple families with children, 18.7% were one parent families and 1.7% were other families.

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure | dwelling characteristics | household composition

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwellings include visitor only and other not-classifiable households unless otherwise stated

Dwelling type Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 50,880 -- 7,596,183 --
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 55,772 -- 8,426,559 --

In the 2006 Census 50,880 occupied private dwellings were counted in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts).

Dwelling structure Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 33,958 66.7 5,685,387 74.8
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 3,923 7.7 702,550 9.2
Flat, unit or apartment 11,199 22.0 1,076,315 14.2
Other dwelling 1,767 3.5 127,337 1.7
Dwelling type not stated 33 0.1 4,594 0.1

In the 2006 Census, of the occupied private dwellings in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts), 66.7% were separate houses, 7.7% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 22.0% were flats, units or apartments and 3.5% were other dwellings.

Tenure Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 11,289 22.2 2,478,264 32.6
Owned with a mortgage (includes being purchased under rent/buy scheme) 15,341 30.2 2,448,205 32.2
Rented (includes rent-free) 17,855 35.1 2,063,947 27.2
Other tenure type 599 1.2 65,715 0.9
Tenure type not stated 5,799 11.4 540,050 7.1

In the 2006 Census in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts), 22.2% of occupied private dwellings were owned outright, 30.2% were owned with a mortgage and 35.1% were rented.

Landlord type Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation)
Real estate agent 9,478 53.1 1,043,198 50.5
State or Territory housing authority 1,950 10.9 306,697 14.9
Other landlord type 5,987 33.5 652,012 31.6
Landlord type not stated 439 2.5 62,037 3.0

In the 2006 Census in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts), of the occupied private dwellings being rented, 53.1% were rented from a real estate agent, 10.9% were rented from a State or Territory housing authority and 33.5% were rented from other landlord type.

Dwellings — dwelling characteristics
Dwelling characteristics Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Median weekly rent 198 -- 190 --
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,280 -- 1,300 --
Average people per household 2.5 -- 2.6 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.1 -- 1.1 --

In the 2006 Census in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts), the median weekly rent was $198. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,280. The average people per household was 2.5 and the average number of people per bedroom was 1.1.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Cairns (QLD) % Australia %
Excludes visitor only and other not classifiable households
Family households 30,542 60.0 5,122,760 67.4
Single (or lone) person households 10,905 21.4 1,740,481 22.9
Group households 2,367 4.7 280,856 3.7

In the 2006 Census in Cairns (QLD) (Statistical Districts), 60.0% of occupied private dwellings were family households, 21.4% were single (or lone) person households and 4.7% were group households.

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 25/10/2007

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. These adjustments may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages in QuickStats. For more information refer to Introduced Random Error. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

Census Data Quality.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. These adjustments may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages in QuickStats. For more information refer to Introduced Random Error in the 2006 Census Dictionary. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

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