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2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | State/Territory

New South Wales

Code 1 (STE)
People 6,917,658
Male 3,408,878
Female 3,508,780
Median age 38
Families 1,829,552
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 2,864,531
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,237
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,993
Median weekly rent $300
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.6
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Total 6,917,658 -- 6,549,175 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 3,408,878 49.3 3,228,448 49.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 3,508,780 50.7 3,320,727 50.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 172,621 2.5 138,507 2.1 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 6,917,658 people in New South Wales (State/Territory) of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.5% of the population.

Age New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
People
0-4 years 458,736 6.6 420,435 6.4 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 434,608 6.3 431,926 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 439,168 6.3 446,562 6.8 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 443,416 6.4 439,863 6.7 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 449,685 6.5 431,853 6.6 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 473,160 6.8 424,153 6.5 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 468,336 6.8 466,886 7.1 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 488,124 7.1 474,681 7.2 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 483,502 7.0 483,158 7.4 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 481,428 7.0 475,231 7.3 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 469,024 6.8 429,104 6.6 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 419,612 6.1 401,923 6.1 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 390,678 5.6 317,624 4.8 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 304,327 4.4 254,425 3.9 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 237,362 3.4 210,903 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 186,032 2.7 188,091 2.9 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 150,724 2.2 140,702 2.1 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 139,735 2.0 111,653 1.7 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 38 -- 37 -- 37 --

The median age of people in New South Wales (State/Territory) was 38 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 19.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.7% of the population.

Registered marital status New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 2,758,854 49.4 2,628,075 50.1 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 170,428 3.1 162,360 3.1 529,280 3.0
Divorced 461,145 8.3 417,319 7.9 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 324,518 5.8 323,233 6.2 949,634 5.5
Never married 1,870,203 33.5 1,719,274 32.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in New South Wales (State/Territory) aged 15 years and over, 49.4% were married and 11.3% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 50 -- 49 -- 50 --
Separated 49 -- 47 -- 49 --
Divorced 54 -- 52 -- 54 --
Widowed 78 -- 77 -- 78 --
Never married 26 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in New South Wales (State/Territory) was 50 years and the median age of people never married was 26 years.

Social marital status New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 2,514,378 50.0 2,394,428 51.0 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 418,721 8.3 364,903 7.8 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 2,096,245 41.7 1,932,875 41.2 6,413,399 41.3

In New South Wales (State/Territory), of people aged 15 years and over, 50.0% of people were in a registered marriage and 8.3% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 50 -- 49 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 36 -- 35 -- 35 --
Not married 34 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in New South Wales (State/Territory) was 50 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 36 years.

Education New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Pre-school 126,605 5.9 114,021 5.4 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 372,075 17.4 375,964 17.9 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 115,727 5.4 114,441 5.4 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 61,544 2.9 56,742 2.7 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 271,181 12.7 266,590 12.7 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 109,409 5.1 104,567 5.0 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 71,341 3.3 67,064 3.2 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 168,004 7.9 160,819 7.7 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 303,070 14.2 239,038 11.4 932,524 14.3
Other 50,619 2.4 42,393 2.0 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 486,539 22.8 558,264 26.6 1,511,694 23.2
Total 2,136,114 -- 2,099,903 -- 6,503,580 --

In New South Wales (State/Territory) 30.9% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 25.7% were in primary school, 21.2% in secondary school and 22.1% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Australia 4,747,372 68.6 4,521,155 69.0 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 2,363,793 36.7 2,089,306 34.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 433,840 6.7 404,613 6.7 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 294,595 4.6 264,767 4.4 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 3,342,215 51.9 3,267,679 54.2 10,757,087 53.7

In New South Wales (State/Territory), 51.9% of people had both parents born in Australia and 36.7% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %

People — employment
Employment New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 2,007,924 60.2 1,879,628 60.8 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 939,465 28.2 842,715 27.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 190,944 5.7 187,102 6.0 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 196,525 5.9 183,159 5.9 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 3,334,858 -- 3,092,604 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 3,334,858 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in New South Wales (State/Territory). Of these 60.2% were employed full time, 28.2% were employed part-time and 5.9% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 326,514 10.4 303,330 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 304,830 9.7 267,056 9.2 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 308,122 9.8 272,330 9.4 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 569,665 18.2 498,228 17.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 1,438,260 45.8 1,381,399 47.5 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in New South Wales (State/Territory), 10.4% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.7% worked 16 to 24 hours and 45.8% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 41 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 40 -- 39 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in New South Wales (State/Territory) was 41 years and for people who were employed part-time was 40 years.

Occupation New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 561 -- 461 -- 577 --
Family 1,477 -- 1,181 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,237 -- 1,035 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in New South Wales (State/Territory) was $561.

Travel to work, top responses New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 3,839,135 68.7 3,586,359 68.3 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 1,537,775 27.5 1,415,293 27.0 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 638,615 11.4 546,601 10.4 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 942,085 16.9 895,986 17.1 3,090,874 17.8

In New South Wales (State/Territory), of people aged 15 years and over, 68.7% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.5% provided care for children and 11.4% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 16.9% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 1,226,912 22.0 1,126,054 21.4 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 1,391,598 24.9 1,235,079 23.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 660,872 11.8 624,433 11.9 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 559,753 10.0 600,793 11.4 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in New South Wales (State/Territory), 24.9% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.8% worked 15 to 29 hours and 10.0% worked 30 hours or more.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition | weekly incomes | employment status of couple families

Families — family composition
Family composition New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Couple family without children 669,019 36.6 618,585 36.0 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 831,850 45.5 792,686 46.2 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 297,904 16.3 275,797 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 30,780 1.7 29,155 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in New South Wales (State/Territory), 45.5% were couple families with children, 36.6% were couple families without children and 16.3% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 17.0 -- 16.5 -- 17.6
Female -- 83.0 -- 83.5 -- 82.4

In New South Wales (State/Territory) 17.0% of single parents were male and 83.0% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Families without children 2,120 -- 1,742 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,370 -- 1,900 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In New South Wales (State/Territory), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,370 and those without children was $2,120.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 327,626 21.8 307,172 21.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 54,280 3.6 47,800 3.4 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 306,829 20.4 282,936 20.0 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 239,315 15.9 224,681 15.9 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 83,287 5.5 72,591 5.1 251,191 5.4
Both not working 308,233 20.5 298,568 21.2 899,598 19.2
Other 89,812 6.0 86,478 6.1 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 91,486 6.1 91,047 6.5 314,529 6.7

In New South Wales (State/Territory), of couple families, 21.8% had both partners employed full-time, 3.6% had both employed part-time and 20.4% had one employed full-time and the other part-time.

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure | household composition | mortgage & rent | number of motor vehicles

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling type New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 2,471,299 90.3 2,328,217 90.0 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 265,338 9.7 258,271 10.0 934,470 10.7

In New South Wales (State/Territory), 90.3% of private dwellings were occupied and 9.7% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 1,717,699 69.5 1,662,619 71.4 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 263,926 10.7 226,555 9.7 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 465,189 18.8 411,794 17.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 21,140 0.9 25,703 1.1 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in New South Wales (State/Territory), 69.5% were separate houses, 10.7% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 18.8% were flats, units or apartments and 0.9% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 18,042 0.7 16,924 0.7 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 137,467 5.6 120,301 5.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 555,253 22.5 522,682 22.4 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 986,995 39.9 966,655 41.5 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 726,049 29.4 650,651 27.9 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 47,491 1.9 51,007 2.2 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In New South Wales (State/Territory), of occupied private dwellings 5.6% had 1 bedroom, 22.5% had 2 bedrooms and 39.9% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.6 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 820,006 33.2 810,705 34.8 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 824,292 33.4 742,161 31.9 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 743,050 30.1 687,433 29.5 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 20,418 0.8 19,256 0.8 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 63,530 2.6 68,666 2.9 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in New South Wales (State/Territory), 33.2% were owned outright, 33.4% were owned with a mortgage and 30.1% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Family households 1,777,400 71.9 1,678,503 72.1 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 599,149 24.2 562,629 24.2 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 94,746 3.8 87,087 3.7 321,007 4.1

In New South Wales (State/Territory), of all households, 71.9% were family households, 24.2% were single person households and 3.8% were group households.

Household income New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 24.2 -- 30.7 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 12.3 -- 6.8 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In New South Wales (State/Territory), 24.2% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 12.3% of households had a weekly income of more than $3,000.

Dwellings — mortgage & rent

Proportions are calculated using all tenure types for occupied private dwellings. This excludes visitor only and other non-classifiable households.

Rent weekly payments New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Median rent 300 -- 210 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 88.4 -- 89.3 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 11.6 -- 10.7 -- 10.4
 
View the income fact sheet

Proportions in this table are calculated by taking the number of households whose rent payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure and expressing this number as a proportion of the total number of households in an area, including those households which are not renting their dwelling (excluding the small proportion of visitor only and other non-classifiable households). The nature of the income imputation means that the reported proportion may significantly overstate the true proportion. Further information on the method to impute income is available in the income fact sheet.

Mortgage monthly repayments New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,993 -- 1,517 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 89.5 -- 90.4 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 10.5 -- 9.6 -- 9.9
 
View the income fact sheet

Proportions in this table are calculated by taking the number of households who own their dwelling, and whose mortgage payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure and expressing this number as a proportion of the total number of households in an area, including those households which were renting their dwelling (excluding the small proportion of visitor only and other non-classifiable households). The nature of the income imputation means that the reported proportion may significantly overstate the true proportion. Further information on the method to impute income is available in the income fact sheet.

Dwellings — number of motor vehicles
Number of registered motor vehicles New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
None 258,153 10.4 271,156 11.6 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 933,953 37.8 892,684 38.3 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 840,655 34.0 770,779 33.1 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 360,074 14.6 303,032 13.0 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 78,462 3.2 90,570 3.9 234,292 3.0

In New South Wales (State/Territory), 37.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 34.0% had two registered motor vehicles and 14.6% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

Expand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people category,
includes selected people & dwelling characteristics

People characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
People characteristics New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 172,620 -- 138,508 -- 548,368 --
           
Male 85,080 49.3 68,479 49.4 270,331 49.3
Female 87,540 50.7 70,029 50.6 278,037 50.7
           
Median age 21 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in New South Wales (State/Territory), there were 172,620 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 85,080 (or 49.3%) were male and 87,540 (or 50.7%) were female. The median age was 21 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households. These tables represent occupied private dwellings where at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander person was present

Dwelling characteristics New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.2 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.2 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 941 -- 727 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In New South Wales (State/Territory), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.1, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $941.

Mortgage and rent New South Wales % 2006 % Australia %
Median weekly rent 200 -- 150 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,673 -- 1,291 -- 1,647 --

In New South Wales (State/Territory), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $200 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,673.

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 28/03/2013

Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. This may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics | It contains data from the 2011 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2011 | Release date of this QuickStat was 28 March 2013 | 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 2011 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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