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2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | New South Wales | Local Government Areas

Lake Macquarie (C)

Code LGA14650 (LGA)
People 189,006
Male 92,311
Female 96,695
Median age 41
Families 53,261
Average children per family 1.8
All private dwellings 78,697
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,117
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,733
Median weekly rent $255
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Total 189,006 -- 6,917,658 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 92,311 48.8 3,408,878 49.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 96,695 51.2 3,508,780 50.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 5,595 3.0 172,621 2.5 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 189,006 people in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas) of these 48.8% were male and 51.2% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.0% of the population.

Age Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People
0-4 years 11,294 6.0 458,736 6.6 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 11,425 6.0 434,608 6.3 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 12,452 6.6 439,168 6.3 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 12,980 6.9 443,416 6.4 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 10,808 5.7 449,685 6.5 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 9,766 5.2 473,160 6.8 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 9,870 5.2 468,336 6.8 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 11,760 6.2 488,124 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 12,532 6.6 483,502 7.0 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 12,927 6.8 481,428 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 13,396 7.1 469,024 6.8 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 12,657 6.7 419,612 6.1 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 12,296 6.5 390,678 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 10,213 5.4 304,327 4.4 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 7,919 4.2 237,362 3.4 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 6,520 3.4 186,032 2.7 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 5,375 2.8 150,724 2.2 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 4,815 2.5 139,735 2.0 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 41 -- 38 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas) was 41 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 18.4% of the population.

Registered marital status Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 78,518 51.0 2,758,854 49.4 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 4,751 3.1 170,428 3.1 529,280 3.0
Divorced 14,054 9.1 461,145 8.3 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 10,836 7.0 324,518 5.8 949,634 5.5
Never married 45,674 29.7 1,870,203 33.5 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas) aged 15 years and over, 51.0% were married and 12.2% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 54 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 49 -- 49 -- 49 --
Divorced 55 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 79 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 24 -- 26 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas) was 54 years and the median age of people never married was 24 years.

Social marital status Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 72,742 51.8 2,514,378 50.0 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 11,989 8.5 418,721 8.3 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 55,807 39.7 2,096,245 41.7 6,413,399 41.3

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 51.8% of people were in a registered marriage and 8.5% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 53 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 37 -- 36 -- 35 --
Not married 38 -- 34 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas) was 53 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 37 years.

Education Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Pre-school 3,526 6.7 126,605 5.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 11,373 21.6 372,075 17.4 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 2,203 4.2 115,727 5.4 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 1,733 3.3 61,544 2.9 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 8,811 16.7 271,181 12.7 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 1,904 3.6 109,409 5.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 1,972 3.7 71,341 3.3 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 4,245 8.0 168,004 7.9 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 6,137 11.6 303,070 14.2 932,524 14.3
Other 894 1.7 50,619 2.4 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 9,955 18.9 486,539 22.8 1,511,694 23.2
Total 52,753 -- 2,136,114 -- 6,503,580 --

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas) 27.9% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 29.0% were in primary school, 24.0% in secondary school and 19.7% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 162,899 86.2 4,747,372 68.6 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 23,554 13.2 2,363,793 36.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 11,944 6.7 433,840 6.7 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 8,128 4.5 294,595 4.6 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 135,144 75.6 3,342,215 51.9 10,757,087 53.7

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), 75.6% of people had both parents born in Australia and 13.2% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 50,372 57.1 2,007,924 60.2 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 27,816 31.5 939,465 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 5,405 6.1 190,944 5.7 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 4,659 5.3 196,525 5.9 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 88,252 -- 3,334,858 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 88,252 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas). Of these 57.1% were employed full time, 31.5% were employed part-time and 5.3% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 9,852 11.8 326,514 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 8,987 10.8 304,830 9.7 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 8,981 10.7 308,122 9.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 14,886 17.8 569,665 18.2 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 35,484 42.4 1,438,260 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), 11.8% worked 1 to 15 hours, 10.8% worked 16 to 24 hours and 42.4% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 42 -- 41 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 40 -- 40 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas) was 42 years and for people who were employed part-time was 40 years.

Occupation Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 520 -- 561 -- 577 --
Family 1,396 -- 1,477 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,117 -- 1,237 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas) was $520.

Travel to work, top responses Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 111,084 72.2 3,839,135 68.7 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 46,717 30.4 1,537,775 27.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 20,384 13.3 638,615 11.4 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 24,648 16.0 942,085 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 72.2% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 30.4% provided care for children and 13.3% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 16.0% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 31,719 20.6 1,226,912 22.0 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 40,227 26.1 1,391,598 24.9 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 21,322 13.9 660,872 11.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 17,816 11.6 559,753 10.0 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), 26.1% worked 5 to 14 hours, 13.9% worked 15 to 29 hours and 11.6% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 21,127 39.7 669,019 36.6 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 22,259 41.8 831,850 45.5 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 9,201 17.3 297,904 16.3 901,637 15.9
Other family 674 1.3 30,780 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), 41.8% were couple families with children, 39.7% were couple families without children and 17.3% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 17.9 -- 17.0 -- 17.6
Female -- 82.1 -- 83.0 -- 82.4

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas) 17.9% of single parents were male and 82.1% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Families without children 2,055 -- 2,120 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,317 -- 2,370 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,317 and those without children was $2,055.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 7,760 17.9 327,626 21.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 1,381 3.2 54,280 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 9,795 22.6 306,829 20.4 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 5,749 13.3 239,315 15.9 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 2,273 5.2 83,287 5.5 251,191 5.4
Both not working 11,164 25.7 308,233 20.5 899,598 19.2
Other 2,644 6.1 89,812 6.0 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 2,616 6.0 91,486 6.1 314,529 6.7

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), of couple families, 17.9% had both partners employed full-time, 3.2% had both employed part-time and 22.6% 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 Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 70,558 91.7 2,471,299 90.3 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 6,399 8.3 265,338 9.7 934,470 10.7

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), 91.7% of private dwellings were occupied and 8.3% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 60,963 86.4 1,717,699 69.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 5,117 7.3 263,926 10.7 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 3,743 5.3 465,189 18.8 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 703 1.0 21,140 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), 86.4% were separate houses, 7.3% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 5.3% were flats, units or apartments and 1.0% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 182 0.3 18,042 0.7 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 2,566 3.6 137,467 5.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 12,463 17.7 555,253 22.5 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 32,623 46.2 986,995 39.9 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 21,506 30.5 726,049 29.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,218 1.7 47,491 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.1 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.5 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), of occupied private dwellings 3.6% had 1 bedroom, 17.7% had 2 bedrooms and 46.2% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.1. The average household size was 2.5 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 27,001 38.3 820,006 33.2 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 24,935 35.3 824,292 33.4 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 16,262 23.0 743,050 30.1 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 611 0.9 20,418 0.8 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 1,751 2.5 63,530 2.6 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), 38.3% were owned outright, 35.3% were owned with a mortgage and 23.0% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 52,077 73.8 1,777,400 71.9 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 16,829 23.9 599,149 24.2 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 1,653 2.3 94,746 3.8 321,007 4.1

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), of all households, 73.8% were family households, 23.9% were single person households and 2.3% were group households.

Household income Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 26.6 -- 24.2 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 9.5 -- 12.3 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), 26.6% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 9.5% 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 Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 255 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 91.6 -- 88.4 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 8.4 -- 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 Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,733 -- 1,993 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 91.3 -- 89.5 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 8.7 -- 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 Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
None 5,027 7.1 258,153 10.4 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 24,666 35.0 933,953 37.8 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 26,348 37.3 840,655 34.0 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 12,380 17.5 360,074 14.6 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 2,137 3.0 78,462 3.2 234,292 3.0

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), 35.0% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 37.3% had two registered motor vehicles and 17.5% 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 Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 5,593 -- 172,620 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 2,702 48.3 85,080 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 2,891 51.7 87,540 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 20 -- 21 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), there were 5,593 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 2,702 (or 48.3%) were male and 2,891 (or 51.7%) were female. The median age was 20 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Lake Macquarie (C) % 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 3.2 -- 3.1 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.2 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 1,038 -- 941 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.2, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,038.

Mortgage and rent Lake Macquarie (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 250 -- 200 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,733 -- 1,673 -- 1,647 --

In Lake Macquarie (C) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $250 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,733.

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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