Rate the ABS website

2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | New South Wales | Local Government Areas

Sydney (C)

Code LGA17200 (LGA)
People 169,505
Male 89,566
Female 79,939
Median age 32
Families 33,990
Average children per family 1.5
All private dwellings 94,341
Average people per household 1.9
Median weekly household income $1,639
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,539
Median weekly rent $465
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 0.8
Community profile

QuickStats Search

Loading map...
Each of the sections below is expandable. Select once to expand the section and display the hidden content. Select again to collapse the section and hide the content. To access the hidden content within each section, select the section to display the content, then use arrow keys to navigate down to the expanded content.

Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Total 169,505 -- 6,917,658 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 89,566 52.8 3,408,878 49.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 79,939 47.2 3,508,780 50.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2,175 1.3 172,621 2.5 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 169,505 people in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas) of these 52.8% were male and 47.2% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.3% of the population.

Age Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People
0-4 years 6,068 3.6 458,736 6.6 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 3,242 1.9 434,608 6.3 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 2,740 1.6 439,168 6.3 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 5,803 3.4 443,416 6.4 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 21,146 12.5 449,685 6.5 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 30,285 17.9 473,160 6.8 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 24,984 14.7 468,336 6.8 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 16,919 10.0 488,124 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 12,380 7.3 483,502 7.0 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 9,885 5.8 481,428 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 8,651 5.1 469,024 6.8 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 7,502 4.4 419,612 6.1 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 6,534 3.9 390,678 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 4,545 2.7 304,327 4.4 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 3,253 1.9 237,362 3.4 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 2,391 1.4 186,032 2.7 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 1,732 1.0 150,724 2.2 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 1,445 0.9 139,735 2.0 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 32 -- 38 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas) was 32 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 7.1% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 7.9% of the population.

Registered marital status Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 40,139 25.5 2,758,854 49.4 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 3,571 2.3 170,428 3.1 529,280 3.0
Divorced 12,353 7.8 461,145 8.3 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 3,879 2.5 324,518 5.8 949,634 5.5
Never married 97,514 61.9 1,870,203 33.5 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas) aged 15 years and over, 25.5% were married and 10.1% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 40 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 49 -- 49 -- 49 --
Divorced 53 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 75 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 29 -- 26 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas) was 40 years and the median age of people never married was 29 years.

Social marital status Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 31,337 24.7 2,514,378 50.0 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 23,923 18.8 418,721 8.3 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 71,736 56.5 2,096,245 41.7 6,413,399 41.3

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 24.7% of people were in a registered marriage and 18.8% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 40 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 32 -- 36 -- 35 --
Not married 31 -- 34 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas) was 40 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 32 years.

Education Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Pre-school 1,046 1.8 126,605 5.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 2,329 3.9 372,075 17.4 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 653 1.1 115,727 5.4 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 569 1.0 61,544 2.9 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 1,234 2.1 271,181 12.7 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 785 1.3 109,409 5.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 781 1.3 71,341 3.3 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 5,075 8.6 168,004 7.9 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 19,438 32.9 303,070 14.2 932,524 14.3
Other 3,704 6.3 50,619 2.4 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 23,468 39.7 486,539 22.8 1,511,694 23.2
Total 59,082 -- 2,136,114 -- 6,503,580 --

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas) 34.9% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 6.0% were in primary school, 4.7% in secondary school and 41.5% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 74,588 44.0 4,747,372 68.6 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 82,369 56.6 2,363,793 36.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 9,588 6.6 433,840 6.7 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 6,923 4.8 294,595 4.6 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 46,595 32.0 3,342,215 51.9 10,757,087 53.7

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), 32.0% of people had both parents born in Australia and 56.6% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

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

People — employment
Employment Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 69,965 68.1 2,007,924 60.2 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 22,428 21.8 939,465 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 4,400 4.3 190,944 5.7 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 5,948 5.8 196,525 5.9 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 102,741 -- 3,334,858 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 102,741 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas). Of these 68.1% were employed full time, 21.8% were employed part-time and 5.8% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 6,901 7.1 326,514 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 8,829 9.1 304,830 9.7 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 6,700 6.9 308,122 9.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 15,271 15.8 569,665 18.2 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 54,695 56.5 1,438,260 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), 7.1% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.1% worked 16 to 24 hours and 56.5% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 34 -- 41 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 31 -- 40 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas) was 34 years and for people who were employed part-time was 31 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 888 -- 561 -- 577 --
Family 2,273 -- 1,477 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,639 -- 1,237 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas) was $888.

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

Unpaid work Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 98,886 62.8 3,839,135 68.7 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 18,661 11.9 1,537,775 27.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 9,982 6.3 638,615 11.4 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 23,757 15.1 942,085 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 62.8% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 11.9% provided care for children and 6.3% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 15.1% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 49,121 31.2 1,226,912 22.0 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 36,417 23.1 1,391,598 24.9 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 8,516 5.4 660,872 11.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 4,831 3.1 559,753 10.0 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), 23.1% worked 5 to 14 hours, 5.4% worked 15 to 29 hours and 3.1% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 20,953 61.6 669,019 36.6 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 7,575 22.3 831,850 45.5 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 3,792 11.2 297,904 16.3 901,637 15.9
Other family 1,671 4.9 30,780 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), 22.3% were couple families with children, 61.6% were couple families without children and 11.2% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 15.4 -- 17.0 -- 17.6
Female -- 84.6 -- 83.0 -- 82.4

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas) 15.4% of single parents were male and 84.6% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Families without children 2,884 -- 2,120 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 3,114 -- 2,370 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $3,114 and those without children was $2,884.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 11,236 39.4 327,626 21.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 1,137 4.0 54,280 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 4,503 15.8 306,829 20.4 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 4,090 14.3 239,315 15.9 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 1,185 4.2 83,287 5.5 251,191 5.4
Both not working 2,816 9.9 308,233 20.5 899,598 19.2
Other 1,518 5.3 89,812 6.0 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 2,045 7.2 91,486 6.1 314,529 6.7

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), of couple families, 39.4% had both partners employed full-time, 4.0% had both employed part-time and 15.8% 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 Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 73,171 88.8 2,471,299 90.3 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 9,190 11.2 265,338 9.7 934,470 10.7

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), 88.8% of private dwellings were occupied and 11.2% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 3,057 4.2 1,717,699 69.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 15,489 21.2 263,926 10.7 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 53,844 73.6 465,189 18.8 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 246 0.3 21,140 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), 4.2% were separate houses, 21.2% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 73.6% were flats, units or apartments and 0.3% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 4,168 5.7 18,042 0.7 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 22,002 30.1 137,467 5.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 30,186 41.3 555,253 22.5 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 11,736 16.0 986,995 39.9 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 3,539 4.8 726,049 29.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,540 2.1 47,491 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 1.9 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 1.9 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), of occupied private dwellings 30.1% had 1 bedroom, 41.3% had 2 bedrooms and 16.0% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 1.9. The average household size was 1.9 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 10,294 14.1 820,006 33.2 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 17,011 23.2 824,292 33.4 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 43,793 59.8 743,050 30.1 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 410 0.6 20,418 0.8 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 1,664 2.3 63,530 2.6 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), 14.1% were owned outright, 23.2% were owned with a mortgage and 59.8% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 33,589 45.9 1,777,400 71.9 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 29,226 39.9 599,149 24.2 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 10,355 14.2 94,746 3.8 321,007 4.1

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), of all households, 45.9% were family households, 39.9% were single person households and 14.2% were group households.

Household income Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 20.8 -- 24.2 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 18.9 -- 12.3 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), 20.8% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 18.9% 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 Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 465 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 75.1 -- 88.4 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 24.9 -- 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 Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,539 -- 1,993 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 91.8 -- 89.5 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 8.2 -- 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 Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
None 28,299 38.7 258,153 10.4 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 32,498 44.4 933,953 37.8 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 8,705 11.9 840,655 34.0 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 1,474 2.0 360,074 14.6 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 2,196 3.0 78,462 3.2 234,292 3.0

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), 44.4% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 11.9% had two registered motor vehicles and 2.0% 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 Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 2,176 -- 172,620 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 1,089 50.0 85,080 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 1,087 50.0 87,540 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 30 -- 21 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), there were 2,176 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 1,089 (or 50.0%) were male and 1,087 (or 50.0%) were female. The median age was 30 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Sydney (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 2.1 -- 3.1 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.2 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 778 -- 941 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 2.1, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $778.

Mortgage and rent Sydney (C) % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 213 -- 200 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,725 -- 1,673 -- 1,647 --

In Sydney (C) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $213 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,725.

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

Back to Top


© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.