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2006 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | New South Wales | Urban Centres and Localities

Sydney

Code UCL171400 (UCL)
People 3,641,422
Male 1,794,043
Female 1,847,379
Median age 35
Australian citizenship 2,979,860
People born overseas 1,239,659
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 44,780
Families 935,936
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 1,443,027
Average people per household 2.7
Median weekly household income $1,176
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,833
Median weekly rent $250
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Expand People category,
includes demographics | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics
People Sydney % Australia %
Total 3,641,422 -- 19,855,288 --
Male 1,794,043 49.3 9,799,252 49.4
Female 1,847,379 50.7 10,056,036 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 34,279 0.9 455,031 2.3

In the 2006 Census, 3,641,422 people were usually resident in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities): of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Of the total population 0.9% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Age Sydney % Australia %
People
0-4 years 240,408 6.6 1,260,405 6.3
5-14 years 463,854 12.7 2,676,807 13.5
15-24 years 508,049 14.0 2,704,276 13.6
25-54 years 1,628,660 44.7 8,376,751 42.2
55-64 years 367,430 10.1 2,192,675 11.0
65 years and over 433,020 11.9 2,644,374 13.3
 
Median age 35 -- 37 --

In the 2006 Census, 19.3% of people usually resident in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) were children aged 0-14 years, and 22.0% were people aged 55 years and over. The median age was 35 years.

Selected characteristics Sydney % Australia %
Australian citizenship 2,979,860 81.8 17,095,569 86.1
People born overseas 1,239,659 34.0 4,416,037 22.2
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 44,780 1.2 206,358 1.0

In the 2006 Census, 81.8% of people usually resident in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) were Australian citizens, 34.0% were born overseas and 1.2% people were overseas visitors.

Registered marital status Sydney % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 1,451,769 49.4 7,900,684 49.6
Separated or divorced 297,028 10.1 1,801,979 11.3
Widowed 159,009 5.4 936,813 5.9
Never married 1,029,350 35.0 5,278,600 33.2

In the 2006 Census, 49.4% of people aged 15 years and over usually resident in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) were married, 10.1% were either separated or divorced, 5.4% were widowed and 35.0% were never married.

People — cultural & language diversity
Country of birth Sydney % Australia %
Australia 2,109,268 57.9 14,072,944 70.9
 
Other top responses

Religious affiliation, top responses Sydney % Australia %

Language, top responses (other than English) Sydney % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Sydney % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 1,139,251 63.7 5,827,432 60.7
Worked part-time 451,439 25.2 2,685,193 27.9
Away from work 56,203 3.1 337,991 3.5
Hours worked not stated 48,968 2.7 253,567 2.6
Unemployed 93,693 5.2 503,804 5.2
Not in the labour force 920,122 -- 5,271,116 --
Total labour force (includes employed and unemployed people) 1,789,554 -- 9,607,987 --
 
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During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 1,789,554 people aged 15 years and over in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) were in the labour force. Of these 63.7% worked full-time, 25.2% worked part-time, 3.1% were away from work, 2.7% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 5.2% were unemployed. 920,122 people were not in the labour force.

Occupation Sydney % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Industry of employment, top responses Sydney % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Sydney % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 529 -- 466 --
Family 1,386 -- 1,171 --
Household 1,176 -- 1,027 --

In the 2006 Census in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $529, the median family income was $1,386 and the median household income was $1,176.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition

Families — family composition
Family composition Sydney % Australia %
Couple family without children 306,675 32.8 1,943,643 37.2
Couple family with children 464,850 49.7 2,362,582 45.3
One parent family 145,110 15.5 823,254 15.8
Other family 19,301 2.1 89,686 1.7
Total families 935,936 -- 5,219,165 --

In the 2006 Census, there were 935,936 families in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities): of these 32.8% were couple families without children, 49.7% were couple families with children, 15.5% were one parent families and 2.1% 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 Sydney % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 1,345,131 -- 7,596,183 --
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 1,443,027 -- 8,426,559 --

In the 2006 Census 1,345,131 occupied private dwellings were counted in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities).

Dwelling structure Sydney % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 790,071 58.7 5,685,387 74.8
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 165,274 12.3 702,550 9.2
Flat, unit or apartment 381,346 28.4 1,076,315 14.2
Other dwelling 7,218 0.5 127,337 1.7
Dwelling type not stated 1,222 0.1 4,594 0.1

In the 2006 Census, of the occupied private dwellings in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 58.7% were separate houses, 12.3% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 28.4% were flats, units or apartments and 0.5% were other dwellings.

Tenure Sydney % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 395,929 29.4 2,478,264 32.6
Owned with a mortgage (includes being purchased under rent/buy scheme) 412,665 30.7 2,448,205 32.2
Rented (includes rent-free) 412,006 30.6 2,063,947 27.2
Other tenure type 8,581 0.6 65,715 0.9
Tenure type not stated 115,951 8.6 540,050 7.1

In the 2006 Census in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 29.4% of occupied private dwellings were owned outright, 30.7% were owned with a mortgage and 30.6% were rented.

Landlord type Sydney % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation)
Real estate agent 256,980 62.4 1,043,198 50.5
State or Territory housing authority 64,398 15.6 306,697 14.9
Other landlord type 82,166 19.9 652,012 31.6
Landlord type not stated 8,462 2.1 62,037 3.0

In the 2006 Census in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), of the occupied private dwellings being rented, 62.4% were rented from a real estate agent, 15.6% were rented from a State or Territory housing authority and 19.9% were rented from other landlord type.

Dwellings — dwelling characteristics
Dwelling characteristics Sydney % Australia %
Median weekly rent 250 -- 190 --
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,833 -- 1,300 --
Average people per household 2.7 -- 2.6 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.1 -- 1.1 --

In the 2006 Census in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), the median weekly rent was $250. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,833. The average people per household was 2.7 and the average number of people per bedroom was 1.1.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Sydney % Australia %
Excludes visitor only and other not classifiable households
Family households 910,846 67.7 5,122,760 67.4
Single (or lone) person households 289,229 21.5 1,740,481 22.9
Group households 55,333 4.1 280,856 3.7

In the 2006 Census in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 67.7% of occupied private dwellings were family households, 21.5% were single (or lone) person households and 4.1% 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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