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2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | State/Territory

South Australia

Code 4 (STE)
People 1,596,572
Male 787,218
Female 809,354
Median age 39
Families 430,250
Average children per family 1.8
All private dwellings 727,676
Average people per household 2.4
Median weekly household income $1,044
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,500
Median weekly rent $220
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.7
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Total 1,596,572 -- 1,514,337 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 787,218 49.3 745,207 49.2 10,634,013 49.4
Female 809,354 50.7 769,130 50.8 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 30,431 1.9 25,556 1.7 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 1,596,572 people in South Australia (State/Territory) of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.9% of the population.

Age South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
People
0-4 years 96,143 6.0 87,333 5.8 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 93,202 5.8 93,615 6.2 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 97,591 6.1 99,877 6.6 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 103,248 6.5 100,757 6.7 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 105,586 6.6 100,107 6.6 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 104,507 6.5 88,855 5.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 97,820 6.1 96,891 6.4 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 103,966 6.5 107,670 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 112,408 7.0 111,395 7.4 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 113,085 7.1 112,673 7.4 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 111,857 7.0 104,215 6.9 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 102,009 6.4 99,922 6.6 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 97,599 6.1 77,902 5.1 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 74,667 4.7 62,455 4.1 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 58,536 3.7 52,641 3.5 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 46,631 2.9 49,282 3.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 39,560 2.5 38,152 2.5 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 38,157 2.4 30,594 2.0 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 39 -- 39 -- 37 --

The median age of people in South Australia (State/Territory) was 39 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.0% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.1% of the population.

Registered marital status South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 633,439 48.4 610,799 49.5 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 38,964 3.0 36,881 3.0 529,280 3.0
Divorced 118,732 9.1 108,631 8.8 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 83,000 6.3 83,976 6.8 949,634 5.5
Never married 435,501 33.3 393,226 31.9 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in South Australia (State/Territory) aged 15 years and over, 48.4% were married and 12.0% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 52 -- 51 -- 50 --
Separated 49 -- 47 -- 49 --
Divorced 54 -- 52 -- 54 --
Widowed 79 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 25 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in South Australia (State/Territory) was 52 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 575,818 48.7 557,024 50.2 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 113,166 9.6 98,279 8.9 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 492,206 41.7 454,006 40.9 6,413,399 41.3

In South Australia (State/Territory), of people aged 15 years and over, 48.7% of people were in a registered marriage and 9.6% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 52 -- 51 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 36 -- 35 -- 35 --
Not married 36 -- 35 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in South Australia (State/Territory) was 52 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 36 years.

Education South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Pre-school 20,581 4.5 18,576 4.2 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 87,778 19.1 93,510 20.9 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 26,164 5.7 25,447 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 22,597 4.9 20,558 4.6 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 52,221 11.4 52,037 11.6 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 18,905 4.1 17,322 3.9 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 19,825 4.3 17,937 4.0 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 34,842 7.6 32,750 7.3 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 65,957 14.4 53,727 12.0 932,524 14.3
Other 11,101 2.4 9,741 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 98,694 21.5 105,792 23.6 1,511,694 23.2
Total 458,665 -- 447,397 -- 6,503,580 --

In South Australia (State/Territory) 28.7% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 29.8% were in primary school, 19.8% in secondary school and 22.0% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Australia 1,170,788 73.3 1,120,084 74.0 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 467,496 31.1 419,010 29.6 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 107,089 7.1 102,576 7.2 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 75,325 5.0 70,587 5.0 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 853,040 56.8 825,311 58.2 10,757,087 53.7

In South Australia (State/Territory), 56.8% of people had both parents born in Australia and 31.1% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

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

People — employment
Employment South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 445,076 56.7 426,180 58.5 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 247,601 31.6 218,542 30.0 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 46,683 6.0 45,173 6.2 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 44,968 5.7 38,178 5.2 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 784,328 -- 728,073 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 784,328 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in South Australia (State/Territory). Of these 56.7% were employed full time, 31.6% were employed part-time and 5.7% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 88,381 12.0 79,608 11.5 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 72,516 9.8 62,976 9.1 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 86,705 11.7 75,961 11.0 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 146,289 19.8 130,644 18.9 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 298,788 40.4 295,529 42.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in South Australia (State/Territory), 12.0% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.8% worked 16 to 24 hours and 40.4% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 42 -- 41 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 40 -- 39 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in South Australia (State/Territory) was 42 years and for people who were employed part-time was 40 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 534 -- 433 -- 577 --
Family 1,330 -- 1,103 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,044 -- 888 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in South Australia (State/Territory) was $534.

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

Unpaid work South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 936,604 71.5 887,477 71.9 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 364,336 27.8 340,582 27.6 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 154,651 11.8 135,754 11.0 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 258,840 19.8 251,409 20.4 3,090,874 17.8

In South Australia (State/Territory), of people aged 15 years and over, 71.5% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.8% provided care for children and 11.8% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 19.8% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 282,493 21.6 252,883 20.5 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 351,524 26.8 317,332 25.7 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 168,882 12.9 166,828 13.5 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 133,703 10.2 150,435 12.2 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in South Australia (State/Territory), 26.8% worked 5 to 14 hours, 12.9% worked 15 to 29 hours and 10.2% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Couple family without children 174,668 40.6 162,906 40.0 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 178,436 41.5 172,404 42.3 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 70,082 16.3 65,609 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 7,064 1.6 6,570 1.6 97,722 1.7

Of the families in South Australia (State/Territory), 41.5% were couple families with children, 40.6% were couple families without children and 16.3% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 18.9 -- 18.1 -- 17.6
Female -- 81.1 -- 81.9 -- 82.4

In South Australia (State/Territory) 18.9% of single parents were male and 81.1% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Families without children 1,906 -- 1,500 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,130 -- 1,695 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In South Australia (State/Territory), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,130 and those without children was $1,906.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 68,246 19.3 66,594 19.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 14,646 4.1 11,861 3.5 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 80,406 22.8 75,033 22.4 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 48,840 13.8 47,328 14.1 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 20,310 5.8 16,957 5.1 251,191 5.4
Both not working 76,963 21.8 76,045 22.7 899,598 19.2
Other 21,766 6.2 20,428 6.1 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 21,930 6.2 21,067 6.3 314,529 6.7

In South Australia (State/Territory), of couple families, 19.3% had both partners employed full-time, 4.1% had both employed part-time and 22.8% 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 South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 619,037 88.1 583,950 89.3 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 83,777 11.9 69,751 10.7 934,470 10.7

In South Australia (State/Territory), 88.1% of private dwellings were occupied and 11.9% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 494,471 79.9 466,419 79.9 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 66,465 10.7 61,406 10.5 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 54,968 8.9 51,964 8.9 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 2,812 0.5 3,846 0.7 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in South Australia (State/Territory), 79.9% were separate houses, 10.7% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 8.9% were flats, units or apartments and 0.5% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 1,690 0.3 1,475 0.3 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 21,955 3.5 20,937 3.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 121,108 19.6 119,140 20.4 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 328,640 53.1 314,454 53.8 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 134,862 21.8 116,135 19.9 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 10,786 1.7 11,811 2.0 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.4 -- 2.4 -- 2.6 --

In South Australia (State/Territory), of occupied private dwellings 3.5% had 1 bedroom, 19.6% had 2 bedrooms and 53.1% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.4 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 203,281 32.8 202,880 34.7 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 218,402 35.3 203,141 34.8 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 172,727 27.9 153,281 26.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 8,937 1.4 7,542 1.3 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 15,694 2.5 17,109 2.9 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in South Australia (State/Territory), 32.8% were owned outright, 35.3% were owned with a mortgage and 27.9% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Family households 424,352 68.5 402,994 69.0 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 172,669 27.9 161,818 27.7 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 22,020 3.6 19,137 3.3 321,007 4.1

In South Australia (State/Territory), of all households, 68.5% were family households, 27.9% were single person households and 3.6% were group households.

Household income South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 27.7 -- 34.9 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 7.3 -- 3.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In South Australia (State/Territory), 27.7% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 7.3% 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 South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Median rent 220 -- 150 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 90.7 -- 91.6 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 9.3 -- 8.4 -- 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 South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,500 -- 1,018 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 91.2 -- 93.1 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 8.8 -- 6.9 -- 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 South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
None 54,051 8.7 55,927 9.6 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 227,462 36.7 218,611 37.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 220,627 35.6 204,721 35.1 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 99,481 16.1 85,617 14.7 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 17,417 2.8 19,077 3.3 234,292 3.0

In South Australia (State/Territory), 36.7% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 35.6% had two registered motor vehicles and 16.1% 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 South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 30,430 -- 25,557 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 14,971 49.2 12,449 48.7 270,331 49.3
Female 15,459 50.8 13,108 51.3 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 22 -- 21 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in South Australia (State/Territory), there were 30,430 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 14,971 (or 49.2%) were male and 15,459 (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. These tables represent occupied private dwellings where at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander person was present

Dwelling characteristics South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3 -- 3.1 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.2 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 842 -- 674 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In South Australia (State/Territory), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $842.

Mortgage and rent South Australia % 2006 % Australia %
Median weekly rent 166 -- 120 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,306 -- 911 -- 1,647 --

In South Australia (State/Territory), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $166 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,306.

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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