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2006 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | Queensland | Urban Centres and Localities

Cairns

Code UCL310200 (UCL)
People 98,349
Male 49,023
Female 49,326
Median age 34
Australian citizenship 81,197
People born overseas 17,551
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 9,712
Families 24,444
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 43,696
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,047
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,257
Median weekly rent $190
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Expand People category,
includes demographics | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics
People Cairns % Australia %
Total 98,349 -- 19,855,288 --
Male 49,023 49.8 9,799,252 49.4
Female 49,326 50.2 10,056,036 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 8,430 8.6 455,031 2.3

In the 2006 Census, 98,349 people were usually resident in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities): of these 49.8% were male and 50.2% were female. Of the total population 8.6% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Age Cairns % Australia %
People
0-4 years 7,327 7.4 1,260,405 6.3
5-14 years 14,501 14.7 2,676,807 13.5
15-24 years 13,103 13.3 2,704,276 13.6
25-54 years 45,419 46.2 8,376,751 42.2
55-64 years 9,552 9.7 2,192,675 11.0
65 years and over 8,446 8.6 2,644,374 13.3
 
Median age 34 -- 37 --

In the 2006 Census, 22.2% of people usually resident in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities) were children aged 0-14 years, and 18.3% were people aged 55 years and over. The median age was 34 years.

Selected characteristics Cairns % Australia %
Australian citizenship 81,197 82.6 17,095,569 86.1
People born overseas 17,551 17.8 4,416,037 22.2
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 9,712 9.9 206,358 1.0

In the 2006 Census, 82.6% of people usually resident in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities) were Australian citizens, 17.8% were born overseas and 9.9% people were overseas visitors.

Registered marital status Cairns % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 31,796 41.6 7,900,684 49.6
Separated or divorced 10,783 14.1 1,801,979 11.3
Widowed 3,446 4.5 936,813 5.9
Never married 30,492 39.8 5,278,600 33.2

In the 2006 Census, 41.6% of people aged 15 years and over usually resident in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities) were married, 14.1% were either separated or divorced, 4.5% were widowed and 39.8% were never married.

People — cultural & language diversity
Country of birth Cairns % Australia %
Australia 70,764 72.0 14,072,944 70.9
 
Other top responses

Religious affiliation, top responses Cairns % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Cairns % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 32,291 64.2 5,827,432 60.7
Worked part-time 12,605 25.1 2,685,193 27.9
Away from work 1,844 3.7 337,991 3.5
Hours worked not stated 1,301 2.6 253,567 2.6
Unemployed 2,225 4.4 503,804 5.2
Not in the labour force 18,502 -- 5,271,116 --
Total labour force (includes employed and unemployed people) 50,266 -- 9,607,987 --
 
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During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 50,266 people aged 15 years and over in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities) were in the labour force. Of these 64.2% worked full-time, 25.1% worked part-time, 3.7% were away from work, 2.6% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 4.4% were unemployed. 18,502 people were not in the labour force.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Cairns % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 535 -- 466 --
Family 1,176 -- 1,171 --
Household 1,047 -- 1,027 --

In the 2006 Census in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities), the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $535, the median family income was $1,176 and the median household income was $1,047.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition

Families — family composition
Family composition Cairns % Australia %
Couple family without children 8,976 36.7 1,943,643 37.2
Couple family with children 10,274 42.0 2,362,582 45.3
One parent family 4,747 19.4 823,254 15.8
Other family 447 1.8 89,686 1.7
Total families 24,444 -- 5,219,165 --

In the 2006 Census, there were 24,444 families in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities): of these 36.7% were couple families without children, 42.0% were couple families with children, 19.4% were one parent families and 1.8% 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 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 40,234 -- 7,596,183 --
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 43,696 -- 8,426,559 --

In the 2006 Census 40,234 occupied private dwellings were counted in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities).

Dwelling structure Cairns % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 26,413 65.6 5,685,387 74.8
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 3,379 8.4 702,550 9.2
Flat, unit or apartment 9,011 22.4 1,076,315 14.2
Other dwelling 1,407 3.5 127,337 1.7
Dwelling type not stated 24 0.1 4,594 0.1

In the 2006 Census, of the occupied private dwellings in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities), 65.6% were separate houses, 8.4% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 22.4% were flats, units or apartments and 3.5% were other dwellings.

Tenure Cairns % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 8,609 21.4 2,478,264 32.6
Owned with a mortgage (includes being purchased under rent/buy scheme) 12,096 30.1 2,448,205 32.2
Rented (includes rent-free) 14,416 35.8 2,063,947 27.2
Other tenure type 420 1.0 65,715 0.9
Tenure type not stated 4,689 11.7 540,050 7.1

In the 2006 Census in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities), 21.4% of occupied private dwellings were owned outright, 30.1% were owned with a mortgage and 35.8% were rented.

Landlord type Cairns % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation)
Real estate agent 7,540 52.3 1,043,198 50.5
State or Territory housing authority 1,782 12.4 306,697 14.9
Other landlord type 4,768 33.1 652,012 31.6
Landlord type not stated 327 2.3 62,037 3.0

In the 2006 Census in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities), of the occupied private dwellings being rented, 52.3% were rented from a real estate agent, 12.4% were rented from a State or Territory housing authority and 33.1% were rented from other landlord type.

Dwellings — dwelling characteristics
Dwelling characteristics Cairns % Australia %
Median weekly rent 190 -- 190 --
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,257 -- 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 (Urban Centres and Localities), the median weekly rent was $190. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,257. 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 % Australia %
Excludes visitor only and other not classifiable households
Family households 23,941 59.5 5,122,760 67.4
Single (or lone) person households 9,035 22.5 1,740,481 22.9
Group households 1,977 4.9 280,856 3.7

In the 2006 Census in Cairns (Urban Centres and Localities), 59.5% of occupied private dwellings were family households, 22.5% were single (or lone) person households and 4.9% 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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