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2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | New South Wales | Urban Centres and Localities

Murwillumbah

Code UCL114020 (UCL)
People 8,523
Male 4,044
Female 4,479
Median age 42
Families 2,221
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 3,759
Average people per household 2.4
Median weekly household income $786
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,700
Median weekly rent $250
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.5
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Total 8,523 -- 6,917,658 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 4,044 47.4 3,408,878 49.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 4,479 52.6 3,508,780 50.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 224 2.6 172,621 2.5 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 8,523 people in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities) of these 47.4% were male and 52.6% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.6% of the population.

Age Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
People
0-4 years 619 7.3 458,736 6.6 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 534 6.3 434,608 6.3 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 584 6.9 439,168 6.3 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 535 6.3 443,416 6.4 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 377 4.4 449,685 6.5 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 396 4.6 473,160 6.8 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 426 5.0 468,336 6.8 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 446 5.2 488,124 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 573 6.7 483,502 7.0 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 571 6.7 481,428 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 640 7.5 469,024 6.8 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 492 5.8 419,612 6.1 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 533 6.3 390,678 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 419 4.9 304,327 4.4 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 356 4.2 237,362 3.4 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 307 3.6 186,032 2.7 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 311 3.6 150,724 2.2 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 405 4.8 139,735 2.0 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 42 -- 38 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities) was 42 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 20.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 21.1% of the population.

Registered marital status Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 2,933 43.2 2,758,854 49.4 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 261 3.8 170,428 3.1 529,280 3.0
Divorced 785 11.6 461,145 8.3 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 686 10.1 324,518 5.8 949,634 5.5
Never married 2,119 31.2 1,870,203 33.5 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities) aged 15 years and over, 43.2% were married and 15.5% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 55 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 51 -- 49 -- 49 --
Divorced 55 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 82 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 28 -- 26 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities) was 55 years and the median age of people never married was 28 years.

Social marital status Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 2,681 44.9 2,514,378 50.0 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 549 9.2 418,721 8.3 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 2,747 46.0 2,096,245 41.7 6,413,399 41.3

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 44.9% of people were in a registered marriage and 9.2% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 54 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 38 -- 36 -- 35 --
Not married 46 -- 34 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities) was 54 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 38 years.

Education Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Pre-school 150 6.0 126,605 5.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 436 17.6 372,075 17.4 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 205 8.3 115,727 5.4 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 91 3.7 61,544 2.9 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 381 15.4 271,181 12.7 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 162 6.5 109,409 5.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 33 1.3 71,341 3.3 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 221 8.9 168,004 7.9 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 160 6.4 303,070 14.2 932,524 14.3
Other 44 1.8 50,619 2.4 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 598 24.1 486,539 22.8 1,511,694 23.2
Total 2,481 -- 2,136,114 -- 6,503,580 --

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities) 29.1% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 29.5% were in primary school, 23.2% in secondary school and 15.5% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 7,224 84.8 4,747,372 68.6 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 1,109 13.9 2,363,793 36.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 540 6.8 433,840 6.7 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 408 5.1 294,595 4.6 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 5,924 74.2 3,342,215 51.9 10,757,087 53.7

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), 74.2% of people had both parents born in Australia and 13.9% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

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

People — employment
Employment Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 1,674 50.1 2,007,924 60.2 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 1,157 34.6 939,465 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 210 6.3 190,944 5.7 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 300 9.0 196,525 5.9 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 3,341 -- 3,334,858 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 3,341 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 50.1% were employed full time, 34.6% were employed part-time and 9.0% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 406 13.3 326,514 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 352 11.6 304,830 9.7 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 395 13.0 308,122 9.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 554 18.2 569,665 18.2 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 1,120 36.8 1,438,260 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), 13.3% worked 1 to 15 hours, 11.6% worked 16 to 24 hours and 36.8% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 43 -- 41 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 43 -- 40 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities) was 43 years and for people who were employed part-time was 43 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 417 -- 561 -- 577 --
Family 964 -- 1,477 -- 1,481 --
Household 786 -- 1,237 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities) was $417.

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

Unpaid work Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 4,666 68.8 3,839,135 68.7 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 1,901 28.0 1,537,775 27.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 861 12.7 638,615 11.4 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 1,455 21.4 942,085 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 68.8% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 28.0% provided care for children and 12.7% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 21.4% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 1,271 18.7 1,226,912 22.0 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 1,632 24.1 1,391,598 24.9 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 920 13.6 660,872 11.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 842 12.4 559,753 10.0 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), 24.1% worked 5 to 14 hours, 13.6% worked 15 to 29 hours and 12.4% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 812 36.6 669,019 36.6 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 839 37.8 831,850 45.5 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 537 24.2 297,904 16.3 901,637 15.9
Other family 33 1.5 30,780 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), 37.8% were couple families with children, 36.6% were couple families without children and 24.2% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 15.5 -- 17.0 -- 17.6
Female -- 84.5 -- 83.0 -- 82.4

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities) 15.5% of single parents were male and 84.5% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Families without children 1,582 -- 2,120 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 1,743 -- 2,370 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $1,743 and those without children was $1,582.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 236 14.3 327,626 21.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 77 4.7 54,280 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 300 18.2 306,829 20.4 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 239 14.5 239,315 15.9 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 131 7.9 83,287 5.5 251,191 5.4
Both not working 463 28.0 308,233 20.5 899,598 19.2
Other 103 6.2 89,812 6.0 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 103 6.2 91,486 6.1 314,529 6.7

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), of couple families, 14.3% had both partners employed full-time, 4.7% had both employed part-time and 18.2% 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 Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 3,231 90.0 2,471,299 90.3 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 359 10.0 265,338 9.7 934,470 10.7

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), 90.0% of private dwellings were occupied and 10.0% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 2,523 78.1 1,717,699 69.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 338 10.5 263,926 10.7 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 323 10.0 465,189 18.8 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 43 1.3 21,140 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), 78.1% were separate houses, 10.5% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 10.0% were flats, units or apartments and 1.3% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 21 0.6 18,042 0.7 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 131 4.1 137,467 5.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 748 23.1 555,253 22.5 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 1,489 46.0 986,995 39.9 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 755 23.3 726,049 29.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 90 2.8 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 2.4 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), of occupied private dwellings 4.1% had 1 bedroom, 23.1% had 2 bedrooms and 46.0% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.9. The average household size was 2.4 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 1,124 34.8 820,006 33.2 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 965 29.8 824,292 33.4 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 997 30.8 743,050 30.1 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 15 0.5 20,418 0.8 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 133 4.1 63,530 2.6 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), 34.8% were owned outright, 29.8% were owned with a mortgage and 30.8% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 2,164 67.0 1,777,400 71.9 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 966 29.9 599,149 24.2 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 102 3.2 94,746 3.8 321,007 4.1

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), of all households, 67.0% were family households, 29.9% were single person households and 3.2% were group households.

Household income Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 36.3 -- 24.2 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 2.6 -- 12.3 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), 36.3% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 2.6% 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 Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 250 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 82.5 -- 88.4 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 17.5 -- 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 Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,700 -- 1,993 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 87.8 -- 89.5 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 12.2 -- 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 Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
None 324 10.0 258,153 10.4 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 1,412 43.7 933,953 37.8 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 993 30.7 840,655 34.0 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 373 11.5 360,074 14.6 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 132 4.1 78,462 3.2 234,292 3.0

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), 43.7% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 30.7% had two registered motor vehicles and 11.5% 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 Murwillumbah % New South Wales % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 224 -- 172,620 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 98 43.8 85,080 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 126 56.2 87,540 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 18 -- 21 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), there were 224 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 98 (or 43.8%) were male and 126 (or 56.2%) were female. The median age was 18 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Murwillumbah % 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 -- 3.1 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.2 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 828 -- 941 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $828.

Mortgage and rent Murwillumbah % 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 1,954 -- 1,673 -- 1,647 --

In Murwillumbah (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $250 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,954.

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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