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2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | State/Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Code 8 (STE)
People 357,222
Male 176,746
Female 180,476
Median age 34
Families 93,397
Average children per family 1.8
All private dwellings 145,229
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,920
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,167
Median weekly rent $380
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 Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Total 357,222 -- 324,036 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 176,746 49.5 159,654 49.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 180,476 50.5 164,382 50.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 5,185 1.5 3,875 1.2 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 357,222 people in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory) of these 49.5% were male and 50.5% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.5% of the population.

Age Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
People
0-4 years 23,843 6.7 20,127 6.2 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 21,411 6.0 20,422 6.3 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 21,089 5.9 21,383 6.6 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 23,999 6.7 23,584 7.3 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 30,750 8.6 27,579 8.5 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 30,535 8.5 25,239 7.8 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 27,708 7.8 25,060 7.7 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 26,960 7.5 24,769 7.6 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 25,973 7.3 24,150 7.5 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 24,602 6.9 23,973 7.4 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 23,405 6.6 22,029 6.8 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 20,408 5.7 20,214 6.2 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 18,373 5.1 13,946 4.3 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 12,672 3.5 9,796 3.0 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 8,994 2.5 7,450 2.3 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 6,591 1.8 6,088 1.9 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 5,074 1.4 4,779 1.5 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 4,835 1.4 3,446 1.1 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 34 -- 34 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory) was 34 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.7% of the population.

Registered marital status Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 137,508 47.3 125,151 47.7 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 7,536 2.6 7,308 2.8 529,280 3.0
Divorced 23,093 7.9 21,311 8.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 11,350 3.9 10,836 4.1 949,634 5.5
Never married 111,389 38.3 97,499 37.2 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory) aged 15 years and over, 47.3% were married and 10.5% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 48 -- 48 -- 50 --
Separated 48 -- 47 -- 49 --
Divorced 53 -- 51 -- 54 --
Widowed 77 -- 76 -- 78 --
Never married 25 -- 24 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory) was 48 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 124,924 48.4 113,866 48.9 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 27,591 10.7 22,894 9.8 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 105,845 41.0 96,071 41.3 6,413,399 41.3

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), of people aged 15 years and over, 48.4% of people were in a registered marriage and 10.7% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 48 -- 48 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 34 -- 33 -- 35 --
Not married 30 -- 29 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory) was 48 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 34 years.

Education Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Pre-school 5,201 4.5 4,321 4.0 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 16,597 14.5 16,743 15.5 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 7,451 6.5 7,540 7.0 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 3,662 3.2 2,659 2.5 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 12,384 10.8 12,755 11.8 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 6,635 5.8 6,567 6.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 4,096 3.6 3,660 3.4 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 9,181 8.0 8,617 8.0 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 28,337 24.7 22,710 21.1 932,524 14.3
Other 2,807 2.4 2,620 2.4 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 18,506 16.1 19,683 18.2 1,511,694 23.2
Total 114,857 -- 107,875 -- 6,503,580 --

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory) 32.2% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 24.1% were in primary school, 20.1% in secondary school and 32.7% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Australia 255,052 71.4 236,457 73.0 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 108,891 32.2 90,639 29.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 27,344 8.1 25,347 8.3 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 21,036 6.2 18,680 6.1 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 180,529 53.4 170,184 55.8 10,757,087 53.7

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), 53.4% of people had both parents born in Australia and 32.2% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 132,040 65.0 117,944 64.6 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 51,028 25.1 47,106 25.8 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 12,821 6.3 11,234 6.2 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 7,316 3.6 6,206 3.4 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 203,205 -- 182,490 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 203,205 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory). Of these 65.0% were employed full time, 25.1% were employed part-time and 3.6% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 18,664 9.5 18,116 10.3 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 14,748 7.5 13,232 7.5 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 17,617 9.0 15,755 8.9 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 43,133 22.0 35,529 20.2 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 88,909 45.4 82,418 46.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), 9.5% worked 1 to 15 hours, 7.5% worked 16 to 24 hours and 45.4% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 39 -- 39 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 36 -- 35 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory) was 39 years and for people who were employed part-time was 36 years.

Occupation Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

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

Median weekly incomes Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 917 -- 722 -- 577 --
Family 2,277 -- 1,773 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,920 -- 1,493 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory) was $917.

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

Unpaid work Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 226,730 77.9 205,616 78.4 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 82,139 28.2 73,563 28.1 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 30,889 10.6 25,938 9.9 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 61,571 21.2 58,454 22.3 3,090,874 17.8

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), of people aged 15 years and over, 77.9% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 28.2% provided care for children and 10.6% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 21.2% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 75,671 26.0 67,142 25.6 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 91,161 31.3 79,640 30.4 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 37,329 12.8 34,988 13.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 22,571 7.8 23,849 9.1 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), 31.3% worked 5 to 14 hours, 12.8% worked 15 to 29 hours and 7.8% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Couple family without children 35,150 37.6 30,629 36.2 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 43,191 46.2 39,740 47.0 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 13,601 14.6 12,795 15.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 1,452 1.6 1,346 1.6 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), 46.2% were couple families with children, 37.6% were couple families without children and 14.6% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 19.8 -- 19.1 -- 17.6
Female -- 80.2 -- 80.9 -- 82.4

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory) 19.8% of single parents were male and 80.2% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Families without children 2,662 -- 2,203 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 3,060 -- 2,395 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $3,060 and those without children was $2,662.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 24,454 31.2 21,390 30.4 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 2,579 3.3 2,271 3.2 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 16,099 20.5 14,771 21.0 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 10,520 13.4 9,700 13.8 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 3,301 4.2 2,913 4.1 251,191 5.4
Both not working 10,452 13.3 9,371 13.3 899,598 19.2
Other 6,140 7.8 5,328 7.6 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 4,800 6.1 4,624 6.6 314,529 6.7

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), of couple families, 31.2% had both partners employed full-time, 3.3% had both employed part-time and 20.5% 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 Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 129,423 92.7 116,917 93.2 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 10,196 7.3 8,477 6.8 934,470 10.7

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), 92.7% of private dwellings were occupied and 7.3% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 94,266 72.8 89,221 76.3 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 18,811 14.5 15,661 13.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 16,071 12.4 11,784 10.1 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 228 0.2 208 0.2 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), 72.8% were separate houses, 14.5% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 12.4% were flats, units or apartments and 0.2% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 419 0.3 381 0.3 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 6,739 5.2 4,788 4.1 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 17,477 13.5 14,599 12.5 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 56,123 43.4 53,908 46.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 47,271 36.5 41,827 35.8 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,396 1.1 1,415 1.2 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.2 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), of occupied private dwellings 5.2% had 1 bedroom, 13.5% had 2 bedrooms and 43.4% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.2. The average household size was 2.6 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 36,739 28.4 34,917 29.9 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 50,392 38.9 45,111 38.6 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 39,592 30.6 34,341 29.4 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 816 0.6 604 0.5 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 1,886 1.5 1,944 1.7 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), 28.4% were owned outright, 38.9% were owned with a mortgage and 30.6% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Family households 91,979 71.1 83,504 71.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 30,248 23.4 27,121 23.2 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 7,198 5.6 6,295 5.4 321,007 4.1

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), of all households, 71.1% were family households, 23.4% were single person households and 5.6% were group households.

Household income Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 12.9 -- 17.1 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 23.7 -- 12.0 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), 12.9% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 23.7% 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 Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Median rent 380 -- 260 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.0 -- 92.9 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 8.0 -- 7.1 -- 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 Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 1,500 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.2 -- 93.5 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 7.8 -- 6.5 -- 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 Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
None 7,978 6.2 8,036 6.9 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 47,517 36.7 44,236 37.8 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 50,278 38.8 44,217 37.8 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 21,104 16.3 17,487 15.0 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 2,548 2.0 2,941 2.5 234,292 3.0

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), 36.7% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 38.8% had two registered motor vehicles and 16.3% 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 Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5,185 -- 3,875 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 2,656 51.2 1,930 49.8 270,331 49.3
Female 2,529 48.8 1,945 50.2 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 22 -- 21 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), there were 5,185 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 2,656 (or 51.2%) were male and 2,529 (or 48.8%) 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 Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.1 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 1,666 -- 1,236 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Australian Capital Territory (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 $1,666.

Mortgage and rent Australian Capital Territory % 2006 % Australia %
Median weekly rent 305 -- 202 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 1,500 -- 1,647 --

In Australian Capital Territory (State/Territory), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $305 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,167.

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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