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Wollongong

Code UCL103001 (UCL)
People 245,942
Male 121,305
Female 124,637
Median age 38
Families 66,444
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 101,005
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,086
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,921
Median weekly rent $250
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.6
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Total 245,942 -- 6,917,658 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 121,305 49.3 3,408,878 49.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 124,637 50.7 3,508,780 50.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 6,010 2.4 172,621 2.5 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 245,942 people in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities) of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.4% of the population.

Age Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
People
0-4 years 15,640 6.4 458,736 6.6 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 15,401 6.3 434,608 6.3 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 15,911 6.5 439,168 6.3 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 16,843 6.8 443,416 6.4 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 17,615 7.2 449,685 6.5 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 15,615 6.3 473,160 6.8 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 14,764 6.0 468,336 6.8 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 16,503 6.7 488,124 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 16,381 6.7 483,502 7.0 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 17,086 6.9 481,428 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 16,583 6.7 469,024 6.8 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 14,520 5.9 419,612 6.1 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 13,563 5.5 390,678 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 11,086 4.5 304,327 4.4 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 9,451 3.8 237,362 3.4 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 7,786 3.2 186,032 2.7 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 6,142 2.5 150,724 2.2 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 5,053 2.1 139,735 2.0 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 38 -- 38 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities) was 38 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 19.1% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.1% of the population.

Registered marital status Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 96,449 48.5 2,758,854 49.4 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 6,099 3.1 170,428 3.1 529,280 3.0
Divorced 17,082 8.6 461,145 8.3 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 12,918 6.5 324,518 5.8 949,634 5.5
Never married 66,440 33.4 1,870,203 33.5 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities) aged 15 years and over, 48.5% were married and 11.7% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 51 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 49 -- 49 -- 49 --
Divorced 54 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 78 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 24 -- 26 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities) was 51 years and the median age of people never married was 24 years.

Social marital status Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 90,024 49.4 2,514,378 50.0 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 14,680 8.1 418,721 8.3 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 77,626 42.6 2,096,245 41.7 6,413,399 41.3

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 49.4% of people were in a registered marriage and 8.1% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 51 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 35 -- 36 -- 35 --
Not married 34 -- 34 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities) was 51 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 35 years.

Education Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Pre-school 5,196 6.8 126,605 5.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 14,430 18.8 372,075 17.4 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 3,896 5.1 115,727 5.4 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 1,598 2.1 61,544 2.9 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 10,883 14.2 271,181 12.7 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 4,084 5.3 109,409 5.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 1,454 1.9 71,341 3.3 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 6,252 8.2 168,004 7.9 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 12,793 16.7 303,070 14.2 932,524 14.3
Other 1,334 1.7 50,619 2.4 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 14,690 19.2 486,539 22.8 1,511,694 23.2
Total 76,610 -- 2,136,114 -- 6,503,580 --

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities) 31.1% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 26.0% were in primary school, 21.4% in secondary school and 24.9% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 182,429 74.2 4,747,372 68.6 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 73,320 31.6 2,363,793 36.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 19,660 8.5 433,840 6.7 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 13,551 5.8 294,595 4.6 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 125,368 54.1 3,342,215 51.9 10,757,087 53.7

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), 54.1% of people had both parents born in Australia and 31.6% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

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

People — employment
Employment Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 63,478 56.2 2,007,924 60.2 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 34,452 30.5 939,465 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 7,106 6.3 190,944 5.7 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 7,966 7.0 196,525 5.9 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 113,002 -- 3,334,858 -- 10,658,460 --
 
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There were 113,002 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 56.2% were employed full time, 30.5% were employed part-time and 7.0% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 12,246 11.7 326,514 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 11,096 10.6 304,830 9.7 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 11,108 10.6 308,122 9.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 20,420 19.4 569,665 18.2 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 43,056 41.0 1,438,260 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), 11.7% worked 1 to 15 hours, 10.6% worked 16 to 24 hours and 41.0% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 41 -- 41 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 38 -- 40 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities) was 41 years and for people who were employed part-time was 38 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 480 -- 561 -- 577 --
Family 1,381 -- 1,477 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,086 -- 1,237 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities) was $480.

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

Unpaid work Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 139,091 69.9 3,839,135 68.7 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 59,451 29.9 1,537,775 27.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 25,794 13.0 638,615 11.4 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 31,366 15.8 942,085 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 69.9% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 29.9% provided care for children and 13.0% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 15.8% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 42,273 21.2 1,226,912 22.0 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 50,100 25.2 1,391,598 24.9 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 25,226 12.7 660,872 11.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 21,490 10.8 559,753 10.0 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), 25.2% worked 5 to 14 hours, 12.7% worked 15 to 29 hours and 10.8% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 24,071 36.2 669,019 36.6 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 29,387 44.2 831,850 45.5 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 11,969 18.0 297,904 16.3 901,637 15.9
Other family 1,019 1.5 30,780 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), 44.2% were couple families with children, 36.2% were couple families without children and 18.0% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 18.4 -- 17.0 -- 17.6
Female -- 81.6 -- 83.0 -- 82.4

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities) 18.4% of single parents were male and 81.6% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Families without children 2,090 -- 2,120 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,307 -- 2,370 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,307 and those without children was $2,090.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 9,174 17.2 327,626 21.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 1,629 3.0 54,280 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 11,830 22.1 306,829 20.4 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 8,177 15.3 239,315 15.9 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 2,747 5.1 83,287 5.5 251,191 5.4
Both not working 13,403 25.1 308,233 20.5 899,598 19.2
Other 3,423 6.4 89,812 6.0 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 3,073 5.7 91,486 6.1 314,529 6.7

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), of couple families, 17.2% had both partners employed full-time, 3.0% had both employed part-time and 22.1% 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 90,987 92.9 2,471,299 90.3 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 6,906 7.1 265,338 9.7 934,470 10.7

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), 92.9% of private dwellings were occupied and 7.1% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 66,632 73.2 1,717,699 69.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 10,570 11.6 263,926 10.7 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 12,661 13.9 465,189 18.8 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 1,075 1.2 21,140 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), 73.2% were separate houses, 11.6% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 13.9% were flats, units or apartments and 1.2% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 313 0.3 18,042 0.7 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 3,831 4.2 137,467 5.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 18,851 20.7 555,253 22.5 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 41,177 45.3 986,995 39.9 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 25,093 27.6 726,049 29.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,721 1.9 47,491 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), of occupied private dwellings 4.2% had 1 bedroom, 20.7% had 2 bedrooms and 45.3% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.6 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 31,914 35.1 820,006 33.2 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 29,104 32.0 824,292 33.4 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 26,847 29.5 743,050 30.1 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 715 0.8 20,418 0.8 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 2,407 2.6 63,530 2.6 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), 35.1% were owned outright, 32.0% were owned with a mortgage and 29.5% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 64,920 71.4 1,777,400 71.9 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 22,715 25.0 599,149 24.2 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 3,353 3.7 94,746 3.8 321,007 4.1

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), of all households, 71.4% were family households, 25.0% were single person households and 3.7% were group households.

Household income Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 28.9 -- 24.2 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 9.0 -- 12.3 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), 28.9% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 9.0% 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 250 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 88.5 -- 88.4 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 11.5 -- 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,921 -- 1,993 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 90.8 -- 89.5 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 9.2 -- 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
None 9,679 10.6 258,153 10.4 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 33,472 36.8 933,953 37.8 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 31,341 34.4 840,655 34.0 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 13,450 14.8 360,074 14.6 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 3,046 3.3 78,462 3.2 234,292 3.0

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), 36.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 34.4% had two registered motor vehicles and 14.8% 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 Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 6,011 -- 172,620 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 2,958 49.2 85,080 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 3,053 50.8 87,540 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 20 -- 21 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), there were 6,011 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 2,958 (or 49.2%) were male and 3,053 (or 50.8%) 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 Wollongong % 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 930 -- 941 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Wollongong (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 $930.

Mortgage and rent Wollongong % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 200 -- 200 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,950 -- 1,673 -- 1,647 --

In Wollongong (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $200 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,950.

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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