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2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | Queensland | Urban Centres and Localities

Mackay

Code UCL311001 (UCL)
People 74,219
Male 37,898
Female 36,321
Median age 35
Families 19,563
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 29,564
Average people per household 2.7
Median weekly household income $1,597
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,167
Median weekly rent $330
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.9
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Total 74,219 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 37,898 51.1 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 36,321 48.9 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 3,471 4.7 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 74,219 people in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) of these 51.1% were male and 48.9% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.7% of the population.

Age Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 5,388 7.3 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 4,955 6.7 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 5,150 6.9 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 5,129 6.9 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 5,240 7.1 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 5,907 8.0 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 5,192 7.0 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 5,309 7.2 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 5,546 7.5 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 5,599 7.5 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 5,225 7.0 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 4,201 5.7 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 3,380 4.6 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 2,422 3.3 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 1,864 2.5 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 1,487 2.0 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 1,221 1.6 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 1,006 1.4 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 35 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) was 35 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 20.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.8% of the population.

Registered marital status Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 28,261 48.1 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 1,876 3.2 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 5,080 8.7 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 2,978 5.1 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 20,530 35.0 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) aged 15 years and over, 48.1% were married and 11.8% were either divorced or separated.

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

The median age of married people in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) was 48 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 24,290 48.1 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 6,639 13.2 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 19,536 38.7 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 48.1% of people were in a registered marriage and 13.2% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 48 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 32 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 32 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) was 48 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 32 years.

Education Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 736 3.5 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 4,295 20.6 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 1,630 7.8 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 709 3.4 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 2,428 11.6 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 1,303 6.2 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 691 3.3 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 1,345 6.4 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 1,454 7.0 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 346 1.7 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 5,958 28.5 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 20,895 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) 28.2% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 31.7% were in primary school, 21.2% in secondary school and 13.4% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 58,939 79.4 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 12,145 17.8 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 4,054 6.0 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 3,060 4.5 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 48,855 71.7 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 71.7% of people had both parents born in Australia and 17.8% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Mackay % Queensland % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 26,619 67.1 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 9,155 23.1 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 2,398 6.0 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 1,492 3.8 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 39,664 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 39,664 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 67.1% were employed full time, 23.1% were employed part-time and 3.8% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 3,168 8.3 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 2,562 6.7 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 3,421 9.0 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 6,435 16.9 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 20,184 52.9 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 8.3% worked 1 to 15 hours, 6.7% worked 16 to 24 hours and 52.9% worked 40 hours or more.

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

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

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

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

Median weekly incomes Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 728 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,855 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,597 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) was $728.

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

Unpaid work Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 40,803 69.5 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 17,612 30.0 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 5,179 8.8 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 8,884 15.1 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 69.5% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 30.0% provided care for children and 8.8% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 12,917 22.0 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 15,305 26.1 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 6,573 11.2 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 6,010 10.2 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 26.1% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.2% worked 15 to 29 hours and 10.2% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 7,470 38.2 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 8,913 45.6 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 2,886 14.8 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 295 1.5 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 45.6% were couple families with children, 38.2% were couple families without children and 14.8% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 18.8 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 81.2 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities) 18.8% of single parents were male and 81.2% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 2,278 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,538 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,538 and those without children was $2,278.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 4,163 25.4 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 324 2.0 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 3,601 22.0 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 2,602 15.9 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 529 3.2 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 2,063 12.6 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 1,061 6.5 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 2,039 12.4 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), of couple families, 25.4% had both partners employed full-time, 2.0% had both employed part-time and 22.0% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 25,663 91.6 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 2,345 8.4 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 91.6% of private dwellings were occupied and 8.4% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 20,687 80.6 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 1,813 7.1 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 2,692 10.5 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 437 1.7 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 80.6% were separate houses, 7.1% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 10.5% were flats, units or apartments and 1.7% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 136 0.5 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 1,109 4.3 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 4,185 16.3 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 11,433 44.5 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 8,288 32.3 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 513 2.0 29,075 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.1 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.7 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), of occupied private dwellings 4.3% had 1 bedroom, 16.3% had 2 bedrooms and 44.5% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.1. The average household size was 2.7 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 6,881 26.8 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 9,204 35.9 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 8,690 33.9 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 275 1.1 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 614 2.4 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 26.8% were owned outright, 35.9% were owned with a mortgage and 33.9% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 19,078 74.3 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 5,505 21.5 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 1,081 4.2 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), of all households, 74.3% were family households, 21.5% were single person households and 4.2% were group households.

Household income Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 18.7 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 16.3 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 18.7% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 16.3% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 330 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 91.3 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 8.7 -- 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.1 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 7.9 -- 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
None 1,550 6.0 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 8,058 31.4 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 10,080 39.3 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 5,157 20.1 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 818 3.2 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), 31.4% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 39.3% had two registered motor vehicles and 20.1% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 3,471 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 1,711 49.3 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 1,760 50.7 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 19 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), there were 3,471 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 1,711 (or 49.3%) were male and 1,760 (or 50.7%) were female. The median age was 19 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Mackay % 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 1,399 -- 1,066 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Mackay (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 $1,399.

Mortgage and rent Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 285 -- 220 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Mackay (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $285 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,167.

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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