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2011 Census QuickStats

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Australia | New South Wales | Urban Centres and Localities

Sydney

Code UCL101001 (UCL)
People 3,908,642
Male 1,926,237
Female 1,982,405
Median age 35
Families 1,022,433
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 1,514,715
Average people per household 2.7
Median weekly household income $1,493
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,193
Median weekly rent $369
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.5
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includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Total 3,908,642 -- 6,917,658 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 1,926,237 49.3 3,408,878 49.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 1,982,405 50.7 3,508,780 50.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 42,609 1.1 172,621 2.5 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 3,908,642 people in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.1% of the population.

Age Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People
0-4 years 268,607 6.9 458,736 6.6 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 242,676 6.2 434,608 6.3 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 235,964 6.0 439,168 6.3 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 242,372 6.2 443,416 6.4 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 280,163 7.2 449,685 6.5 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 316,691 8.1 473,160 6.8 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 311,334 8.0 468,336 6.8 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 303,778 7.8 488,124 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 285,183 7.3 483,502 7.0 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 273,168 7.0 481,428 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 253,035 6.5 469,024 6.8 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 218,661 5.6 419,612 6.1 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 194,938 5.0 390,678 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 143,965 3.7 304,327 4.4 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 110,057 2.8 237,362 3.4 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 86,582 2.2 186,032 2.7 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 71,702 1.8 150,724 2.2 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 69,766 1.8 139,735 2.0 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 35 -- 38 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) was 35 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 19.1% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.3% of the population.

Registered marital status Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 1,572,725 49.7 2,758,854 49.4 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 86,742 2.7 170,428 3.1 529,280 3.0
Divorced 231,471 7.3 461,145 8.3 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 157,694 5.0 324,518 5.8 949,634 5.5
Never married 1,112,771 35.2 1,870,203 33.5 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) aged 15 years and over, 49.7% were married and 10.1% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 48 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 48 -- 49 -- 49 --
Divorced 53 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 78 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 26 -- 26 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) was 48 years and the median age of people never married was 26 years.

Social marital status Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 1,439,962 50.0 2,514,378 50.0 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 211,533 7.4 418,721 8.3 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 1,225,769 42.6 2,096,245 41.7 6,413,399 41.3

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 50.0% of people were in a registered marriage and 7.4% were in a de facto marriage.

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

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) was 48 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 35 years.

Education Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Pre-school 69,004 5.5 126,605 5.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 198,113 15.9 372,075 17.4 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 66,010 5.3 115,727 5.4 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 37,384 3.0 61,544 2.9 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 136,812 11.0 271,181 12.7 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 67,105 5.4 109,409 5.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 45,584 3.7 71,341 3.3 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 93,888 7.5 168,004 7.9 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 215,235 17.3 303,070 14.2 932,524 14.3
Other 35,366 2.8 50,619 2.4 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 279,993 22.5 486,539 22.8 1,511,694 23.2
Total 1,244,494 -- 2,136,114 -- 6,503,580 --

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) 31.8% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 24.2% were in primary school, 20.0% in secondary school and 24.8% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 2,247,739 57.5 4,747,372 68.6 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 1,918,293 52.9 2,363,793 36.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 252,622 7.0 433,840 6.7 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 169,420 4.7 294,595 4.6 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 1,288,486 35.5 3,342,215 51.9 10,757,087 53.7

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 35.5% of people had both parents born in Australia and 52.9% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

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

People — employment
Employment Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 1,228,536 62.6 2,007,924 60.2 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 514,663 26.2 939,465 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 106,602 5.4 190,944 5.7 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 112,174 5.7 196,525 5.9 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 1,961,975 -- 3,334,858 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 1,961,975 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 62.6% were employed full time, 26.2% were employed part-time and 5.7% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 175,037 9.5 326,514 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 175,405 9.5 304,830 9.7 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 164,220 8.9 308,122 9.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 344,015 18.6 569,665 18.2 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 884,519 47.8 1,438,260 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 9.5% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.5% worked 16 to 24 hours and 47.8% worked 40 hours or more.

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

The median age of people employed full-time in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) was 39 years and for people who were employed part-time was 39 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 634 -- 561 -- 577 --
Family 1,728 -- 1,477 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,493 -- 1,237 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) was $634.

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

Unpaid work Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 2,122,441 67.1 3,839,135 68.7 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 855,914 27.1 1,537,775 27.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 337,766 10.7 638,615 11.4 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 470,618 14.9 942,085 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 67.1% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.1% provided care for children and 10.7% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 14.9% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 750,393 23.7 1,226,912 22.0 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 769,030 24.3 1,391,598 24.9 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 332,589 10.5 660,872 11.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 270,426 8.6 559,753 10.0 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 24.3% worked 5 to 14 hours, 10.5% worked 15 to 29 hours and 8.6% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 337,517 33.0 669,019 36.6 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 506,277 49.5 831,850 45.5 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 158,418 15.5 297,904 16.3 901,637 15.9
Other family 20,220 2.0 30,780 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 49.5% were couple families with children, 33.0% were couple families without children and 15.5% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 16.0 -- 17.0 -- 17.6
Female -- 84.0 -- 83.0 -- 82.4

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities) 16.0% of single parents were male and 84.0% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Families without children 2,343 -- 2,120 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,596 -- 2,370 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,596 and those without children was $2,343.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 204,350 24.2 327,626 21.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 28,701 3.4 54,280 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 166,457 19.7 306,829 20.4 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 150,440 17.8 239,315 15.9 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 46,322 5.5 83,287 5.5 251,191 5.4
Both not working 148,685 17.6 308,233 20.5 899,598 19.2
Other 50,082 5.9 89,812 6.0 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 48,765 5.8 91,486 6.1 314,529 6.7

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), of couple families, 24.2% had both partners employed full-time, 3.4% had both employed part-time and 19.7% 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 % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 1,347,807 93.5 2,471,299 90.3 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 94,282 6.5 265,338 9.7 934,470 10.7

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 93.5% of private dwellings were occupied and 6.5% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 780,082 57.9 1,717,699 69.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 178,456 13.2 263,926 10.7 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 382,258 28.4 465,189 18.8 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 4,928 0.4 21,140 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 57.9% were separate houses, 13.2% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 28.4% were flats, units or apartments and 0.4% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 13,167 1.0 18,042 0.7 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 93,989 7.0 137,467 5.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 349,565 25.9 555,253 22.5 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 488,348 36.2 986,995 39.9 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 378,020 28.0 726,049 29.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 24,718 1.8 47,491 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2.9 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.7 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), of occupied private dwellings 7.0% had 1 bedroom, 25.9% had 2 bedrooms and 36.2% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.9. The average household size was 2.7 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 400,989 29.8 820,006 33.2 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 466,427 34.6 824,292 33.4 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 438,126 32.5 743,050 30.1 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 9,786 0.7 20,418 0.8 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 32,479 2.4 63,530 2.6 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 29.8% were owned outright, 34.6% were owned with a mortgage and 32.5% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 986,162 73.2 1,777,400 71.9 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 301,187 22.3 599,149 24.2 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 60,457 4.5 94,746 3.8 321,007 4.1

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), of all households, 73.2% were family households, 22.3% were single person households and 4.5% were group households.

Household income Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 19.6 -- 24.2 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 16.6 -- 12.3 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 19.6% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 16.6% 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 % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 369 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 87.1 -- 88.4 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 12.9 -- 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 % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,193 -- 1,993 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 87.9 -- 89.5 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 12.1 -- 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 % New South Wales % Australia %
None 170,897 12.7 258,153 10.4 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 522,529 38.8 933,953 37.8 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 440,149 32.7 840,655 34.0 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 174,444 12.9 360,074 14.6 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 39,787 3.0 78,462 3.2 234,292 3.0

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 38.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 32.7% had two registered motor vehicles and 12.9% 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 % New South Wales % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 42,611 -- 172,620 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 20,966 49.2 85,080 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 21,645 50.8 87,540 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 22 -- 21 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), there were 42,611 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 20,966 (or 49.2%) were male and 21,645 (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 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 1,162 -- 941 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), 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 $1,162.

Mortgage and rent Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 260 -- 200 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,123 -- 1,673 -- 1,647 --

In Sydney (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $260 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,123.

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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