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2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | New South Wales | Greater Capital City Statistical Areas

Greater Sydney

Code 1GSYD (GCCSA)
People 4,391,674
Male 2,162,221
Female 2,229,453
Median age 36
Families 1,152,548
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 1,720,333
Average people per household 2.7
Median weekly household income $1,447
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,167
Median weekly rent $351
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.6
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includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Total 4,391,674 -- 6,917,658 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 2,162,221 49.2 3,408,878 49.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 2,229,453 50.8 3,508,780 50.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 54,746 1.2 172,621 2.5 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 4,391,674 people in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) of these 49.2% were male and 50.8% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.2% of the population.

Age Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People
0-4 years 298,899 6.8 458,736 6.6 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 274,713 6.3 434,608 6.3 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 269,601 6.1 439,168 6.3 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 275,789 6.3 443,416 6.4 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 307,257 7.0 449,685 6.5 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 340,767 7.8 473,160 6.8 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 336,122 7.7 468,336 6.8 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 334,602 7.6 488,124 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 318,887 7.3 483,502 7.0 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 307,484 7.0 481,428 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 287,499 6.5 469,024 6.8 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 250,146 5.7 419,612 6.1 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 225,462 5.1 390,678 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 168,883 3.8 304,327 4.4 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 129,254 2.9 237,362 3.4 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 101,402 2.3 186,032 2.7 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 83,838 1.9 150,724 2.2 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 81,067 1.8 139,735 2.0 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 36 -- 38 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was 36 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 19.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.9% of the population.

Registered marital status Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 1,764,147 49.7 2,758,854 49.4 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 100,408 2.8 170,428 3.1 529,280 3.0
Divorced 269,464 7.6 461,145 8.3 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 182,719 5.1 324,518 5.8 949,634 5.5
Never married 1,231,723 34.7 1,870,203 33.5 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) aged 15 years and over, 49.7% were married and 10.4% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 48 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 49 -- 49 -- 49 --
Divorced 54 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 78 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 26 -- 26 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was 48 years and the median age of people never married was 26 years.

Social marital status Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 1,615,892 50.1 2,514,378 50.0 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 242,553 7.5 418,721 8.3 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 1,368,900 42.4 2,096,245 41.7 6,413,399 41.3

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 50.1% of people were in a registered marriage and 7.5% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 48 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 36 -- 36 -- 35 --
Not married 31 -- 34 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was 48 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 36 years.

Education Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Pre-school 78,948 5.7 126,605 5.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 227,478 16.4 372,075 17.4 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 72,693 5.2 115,727 5.4 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 42,513 3.1 61,544 2.9 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 158,754 11.4 271,181 12.7 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 73,561 5.3 109,409 5.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 50,945 3.7 71,341 3.3 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 105,388 7.6 168,004 7.9 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 229,373 16.5 303,070 14.2 932,524 14.3
Other 38,152 2.7 50,619 2.4 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 312,898 22.5 486,539 22.8 1,511,694 23.2
Total 1,390,703 -- 2,136,114 -- 6,503,580 --

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) 31.7% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 24.6% were in primary school, 20.4% in secondary school and 24.1% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 2,632,545 59.9 4,747,372 68.6 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 2,014,005 49.4 2,363,793 36.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 289,891 7.1 433,840 6.7 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 194,399 4.8 294,595 4.6 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 1,580,456 38.7 3,342,215 51.9 10,757,087 53.7

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 38.7% of people had both parents born in Australia and 49.4% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 1,358,192 62.1 2,007,924 60.2 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 584,775 26.7 939,465 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 120,301 5.5 190,944 5.7 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 125,586 5.7 196,525 5.9 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 2,188,854 -- 3,334,858 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 2,188,854 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas). Of these 62.1% were employed full time, 26.7% were employed part-time and 5.7% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 199,925 9.7 326,514 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 197,293 9.6 304,830 9.7 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 187,557 9.1 308,122 9.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 381,226 18.5 569,665 18.2 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 976,971 47.4 1,438,260 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 9.7% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.6% worked 16 to 24 hours and 47.4% worked 40 hours or more.

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

The median age of people employed full-time in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was 40 years and for people who were employed part-time was 39 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 619 -- 561 -- 577 --
Family 1,683 -- 1,477 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,447 -- 1,237 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was $619.

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

Unpaid work Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 2,399,828 67.6 3,839,135 68.7 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 969,454 27.3 1,537,775 27.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 384,705 10.8 638,615 11.4 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 535,279 15.1 942,085 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 67.6% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.3% provided care for children and 10.8% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 15.1% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 830,057 23.4 1,226,912 22.0 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 869,470 24.5 1,391,598 24.9 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 384,960 10.8 660,872 11.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 315,340 8.9 559,753 10.0 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 24.5% worked 5 to 14 hours, 10.8% worked 15 to 29 hours and 8.9% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 385,716 33.5 669,019 36.6 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 563,887 48.9 831,850 45.5 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 181,216 15.7 297,904 16.3 901,637 15.9
Other family 21,732 1.9 30,780 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 48.9% were couple families with children, 33.5% were couple families without children and 15.7% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 16.2 -- 17.0 -- 17.6
Female -- 83.8 -- 83.0 -- 82.4

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) 16.2% of single parents were male and 83.8% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Families without children 2,302 -- 2,120 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,537 -- 2,370 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,537 and those without children was $2,302.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 224,360 23.6 327,626 21.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 32,863 3.5 54,280 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 190,474 20.1 306,829 20.4 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 166,220 17.5 239,315 15.9 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 51,952 5.5 83,287 5.5 251,191 5.4
Both not working 172,175 18.1 308,233 20.5 899,598 19.2
Other 56,580 6.0 89,812 6.0 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 54,978 5.8 91,486 6.1 314,529 6.7

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of couple families, 23.6% had both partners employed full-time, 3.5% had both employed part-time and 20.1% 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 Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 1,521,398 92.8 2,471,299 90.3 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 118,801 7.2 265,338 9.7 934,470 10.7

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 92.8% of private dwellings were occupied and 7.2% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 926,062 60.9 1,717,699 69.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 194,171 12.8 263,926 10.7 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 391,887 25.8 465,189 18.8 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 7,004 0.5 21,140 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 60.9% were separate houses, 12.8% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 25.8% were flats, units or apartments and 0.5% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 13,774 0.9 18,042 0.7 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 99,953 6.6 137,467 5.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 378,829 24.9 555,253 22.5 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 559,719 36.8 986,995 39.9 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 441,256 29.0 726,049 29.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 27,867 1.8 47,491 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.7 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of occupied private dwellings 6.6% had 1 bedroom, 24.9% had 2 bedrooms and 36.8% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.7 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 462,150 30.4 820,006 33.2 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 529,906 34.8 824,292 33.4 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 480,608 31.6 743,050 30.1 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 11,790 0.8 20,418 0.8 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 36,943 2.4 63,530 2.6 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 30.4% were owned outright, 34.8% were owned with a mortgage and 31.6% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 1,112,634 73.1 1,777,400 71.9 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 343,811 22.6 599,149 24.2 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 64,953 4.3 94,746 3.8 321,007 4.1

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of all households, 73.1% were family households, 22.6% were single person households and 4.3% were group households.

Household income Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 20.3 -- 24.2 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 15.8 -- 12.3 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 20.3% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 15.8% 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 Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 351 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 87.4 -- 88.4 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 12.6 -- 11.6 -- 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 Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 1,993 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 88.0 -- 89.5 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 12.0 -- 10.5 -- 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 Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
None 184,242 12.1 258,153 10.4 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 584,187 38.4 933,953 37.8 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 500,581 32.9 840,655 34.0 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 206,864 13.6 360,074 14.6 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 45,524 3.0 78,462 3.2 234,292 3.0

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 38.4% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 32.9% had two registered motor vehicles and 13.6% 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 Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 54,746 -- 172,620 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 26,956 49.2 85,080 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 27,790 50.8 87,540 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 22 -- 21 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), there were 54,746 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 26,956 (or 49.2%) were male and 27,790 (or 50.8%) were female. The median age was 22 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.1 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.2 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 1,148 -- 941 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 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 $1,148.

Mortgage and rent Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 265 -- 200 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,020 -- 1,673 -- 1,647 --

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $265 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,020.

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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