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Australia | Queensland | Urban Centres and Localities

Townsville

Code UCL303003 (UCL)
People 157,748
Male 78,392
Female 79,356
Median age 32
Families 40,621
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 64,549
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,390
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,878
Median weekly rent $290
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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Total 157,748 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 78,392 49.7 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 79,356 50.3 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 10,209 6.5 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 157,748 people in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities) of these 49.7% were male and 50.3% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 6.5% of the population.

Age Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 11,809 7.5 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 10,806 6.9 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 10,983 7.0 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 12,444 7.9 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 13,920 8.8 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 12,892 8.2 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 11,252 7.1 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 11,519 7.3 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 11,209 7.1 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 10,592 6.7 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 9,929 6.3 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 8,228 5.2 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 7,026 4.5 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 4,966 3.1 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 3,667 2.3 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 2,628 1.7 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 2,103 1.3 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 1,778 1.1 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 32 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities) was 32 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 21.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 9.6% of the population.

Registered marital status Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 53,545 43.1 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 4,236 3.4 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 10,914 8.8 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 5,188 4.2 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 50,272 40.5 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities) aged 15 years and over, 43.1% were married and 12.2% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 47 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 46 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 52 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 76 -- 77 -- 78 --
Never married 24 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities) was 47 years and the median age of people never married was 24 years.

Social marital status Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 47,296 44.1 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 14,729 13.7 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 45,164 42.1 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 44.1% of people were in a registered marriage and 13.7% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 47 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 31 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 30 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities) was 47 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 31 years.

Education Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 1,710 3.4 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 8,656 17.1 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 4,019 7.9 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 1,664 3.3 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 5,371 10.6 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 2,672 5.3 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 1,736 3.4 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 2,938 5.8 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 8,342 16.4 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 768 1.5 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 12,848 25.3 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 50,724 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities) 32.2% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 28.3% were in primary school, 19.3% in secondary school and 22.2% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Townsville % Queensland % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 126,310 80.1 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 25,488 17.6 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 9,883 6.8 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 7,511 5.2 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 101,703 70.3 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), 70.3% of people had both parents born in Australia and 17.6% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Townsville % Queensland % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Townsville % Queensland % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 52,458 63.2 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 21,023 25.3 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 5,253 6.3 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 4,300 5.2 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 83,034 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 83,034 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 63.2% were employed full time, 25.3% were employed part-time and 5.2% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 7,556 9.6 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 5,829 7.4 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 7,638 9.7 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 15,589 19.8 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 36,870 46.8 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), 9.6% worked 1 to 15 hours, 7.4% worked 16 to 24 hours and 46.8% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 39 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 35 -- 39 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities) was 39 years and for people who were employed part-time was 35 years.

Occupation Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 682 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,639 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,390 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities) was $682.

Travel to work, top responses Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 88,984 71.7 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 36,218 29.2 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 11,389 9.2 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 20,624 16.6 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 71.7% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 29.2% provided care for children and 9.2% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 16.6% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 28,165 22.7 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 34,283 27.6 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 14,838 12.0 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 11,698 9.4 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), 27.6% worked 5 to 14 hours, 12.0% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.4% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 15,006 36.9 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 17,692 43.6 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 7,136 17.6 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 787 1.9 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), 43.6% were couple families with children, 36.9% were couple families without children and 17.6% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 17.8 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 82.2 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities) 17.8% of single parents were male and 82.2% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 2,117 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,333 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,333 and those without children was $2,117.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 8,773 26.8 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 867 2.7 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 6,676 20.4 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 4,819 14.7 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 1,210 3.7 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 4,276 13.1 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 2,290 7.0 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 3,786 11.6 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), of couple families, 26.8% had both partners employed full-time, 2.7% had both employed part-time and 20.4% 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 55,075 90.7 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 5,638 9.3 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), 90.7% of private dwellings were occupied and 9.3% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 43,669 79.3 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 3,382 6.1 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 7,550 13.7 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 426 0.8 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), 79.3% were separate houses, 6.1% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 13.7% were flats, units or apartments and 0.8% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 254 0.5 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 1,817 3.3 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 9,649 17.5 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 23,254 42.2 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 18,980 34.5 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,121 2.0 29,075 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.2 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), of occupied private dwellings 3.3% had 1 bedroom, 17.5% had 2 bedrooms and 42.2% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.2. The average household size was 2.6 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 12,099 22.0 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 19,393 35.2 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 21,771 39.5 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 494 0.9 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 1,319 2.4 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), 22.0% were owned outright, 35.2% were owned with a mortgage and 39.5% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 39,776 72.2 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 12,243 22.2 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 3,056 5.5 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), of all households, 72.2% were family households, 22.2% were single person households and 5.5% were group households.

Household income Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 18.5 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 10.7 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), 18.5% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 10.7% 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 290 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 88.2 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 11.8 -- 11.9 -- 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,878 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.0 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 8.0 -- 9.7 -- 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
None 3,527 6.4 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 18,785 34.1 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 21,420 38.9 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 9,621 17.5 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 1,722 3.1 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), 34.1% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 38.9% 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 10,208 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 5,012 49.1 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 5,196 50.9 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 20 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), there were 10,208 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 5,012 (or 49.1%) were male and 5,196 (or 50.9%) 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.5 -- 3.4 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.3 -- 1.3 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 1,189 -- 1,066 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Townsville (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.5, with 1.3 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,189.

Mortgage and rent Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 250 -- 220 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,740 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Townsville (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 $1,740.

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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