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2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | Northern Territory | Urban Centres and Localities

Alice Springs

Code UCL712001 (UCL)
People 24,208
Male 12,063
Female 12,145
Median age 33
Families 5,668
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 10,628
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,676
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,950
Median weekly rent $300
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.7
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Total 24,208 -- 211,945 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 12,063 49.8 109,517 51.7 10,634,013 49.4
Female 12,145 50.2 102,428 48.3 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 4,590 19.0 56,776 26.8 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 24,208 people in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities) of these 49.8% were male and 50.2% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 19.0% of the population.

Age Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People
0-4 years 1,912 7.9 17,119 8.1 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 1,725 7.1 16,415 7.7 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 1,726 7.1 15,608 7.4 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 1,603 6.6 14,820 7.0 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 1,659 6.9 16,839 7.9 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 2,048 8.5 19,213 9.1 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 2,054 8.5 17,345 8.2 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 1,901 7.9 16,829 7.9 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 1,903 7.9 16,331 7.7 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 1,888 7.8 14,799 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 1,783 7.4 13,775 6.5 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 1,532 6.3 11,632 5.5 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 1,033 4.3 9,121 4.3 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 569 2.4 5,286 2.5 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 391 1.6 3,280 1.5 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 198 0.8 1,726 0.8 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 172 0.7 1,112 0.5 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 112 0.5 694 0.3 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 33 -- 31 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities) was 33 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 22.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 6.0% of the population.

Registered marital status Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 7,495 39.8 70,154 43.1 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 670 3.6 5,526 3.4 529,280 3.0
Divorced 1,729 9.2 13,273 8.2 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 641 3.4 5,202 3.2 949,634 5.5
Never married 8,303 44.1 68,647 42.2 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities) aged 15 years and over, 39.8% were married and 12.7% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 46 -- 44 -- 50 --
Separated 47 -- 47 -- 49 --
Divorced 53 -- 53 -- 54 --
Widowed 70 -- 65 -- 78 --
Never married 28 -- 27 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities) was 46 years and the median age of people never married was 28 years.

Social marital status Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 6,091 38.9 54,563 41.5 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 2,579 16.5 19,532 14.9 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 7,001 44.7 57,233 43.6 6,413,399 41.3

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 38.9% of people were in a registered marriage and 16.5% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 45 -- 44 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 36 -- 35 -- 35 --
Not married 33 -- 32 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities) was 45 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 36 years.

Education Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Pre-school 360 4.4 3,339 4.6 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 1,114 13.6 15,171 20.7 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 443 5.4 2,586 3.5 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 512 6.2 2,150 2.9 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 510 6.2 8,003 10.9 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 399 4.9 1,780 2.4 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 655 8.0 2,823 3.9 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 416 5.1 2,726 3.7 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 788 9.6 6,682 9.1 932,524 14.3
Other 212 2.6 1,627 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 2,812 34.2 26,242 35.9 1,511,694 23.2
Total 8,221 -- 73,129 -- 6,503,580 --

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities) 34.0% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 25.2% were in primary school, 19.0% in secondary school and 14.6% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Australia 17,070 70.5 158,031 74.6 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 5,776 26.7 42,606 22.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 1,327 6.1 10,807 5.8 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 1,089 5.0 9,131 4.9 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 13,447 62.1 125,126 66.7 10,757,087 53.7

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), 62.1% of people had both parents born in Australia and 26.7% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 9,241 70.8 69,544 66.9 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 2,494 19.1 20,878 20.1 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 919 7.0 8,056 7.7 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 404 3.1 5,489 5.3 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 13,058 -- 103,967 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 13,058 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 70.8% were employed full time, 19.1% were employed part-time and 3.1% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 772 6.1 6,588 6.7 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 650 5.1 6,344 6.4 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 1,075 8.5 7,952 8.1 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 2,843 22.5 19,470 19.8 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 6,395 50.5 50,076 50.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), 6.1% worked 1 to 15 hours, 5.1% worked 16 to 24 hours and 50.5% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 40 -- 39 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 37 -- 37 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities) was 40 years and for people who were employed part-time was 37 years.

Occupation Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 865 -- 745 -- 577 --
Family 1,950 -- 1,759 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,676 -- 1,674 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities) was $865.

Travel to work, top responses Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 12,947 68.7 108,531 66.7 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 5,200 27.6 49,616 30.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 1,461 7.8 14,566 8.9 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 4,070 21.6 27,050 16.6 3,090,874 17.8

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 68.7% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.6% provided care for children and 7.8% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 21.6% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 4,495 23.9 37,795 23.2 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 5,255 27.9 42,817 26.3 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 1,953 10.4 16,605 10.2 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 1,243 6.6 11,314 6.9 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), 27.9% worked 5 to 14 hours, 10.4% worked 15 to 29 hours and 6.6% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Couple family without children 2,022 35.7 16,310 34.0 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 2,526 44.6 22,245 46.3 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 1,000 17.6 8,610 17.9 901,637 15.9
Other family 121 2.1 866 1.8 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), 44.6% were couple families with children, 35.7% were couple families without children and 17.6% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 18.4 -- 19.5 -- 17.6
Female -- 81.6 -- 80.5 -- 82.4

In Alice Springs (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 Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Families without children 2,269 -- 2,300 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,459 -- 2,475 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,459 and those without children was $2,269.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 1,686 37.1 12,591 32.7 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 133 2.9 1,326 3.4 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 823 18.1 5,984 15.5 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 587 12.9 5,205 13.5 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 100 2.2 1,552 4.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 352 7.7 4,773 12.4 899,598 19.2
Other 359 7.9 3,327 8.6 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 509 11.2 3,801 9.9 314,529 6.7

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), of couple families, 37.1% had both partners employed full-time, 2.9% had both employed part-time and 18.1% 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 Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 8,104 86.7 60,889 87.6 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 1,243 13.3 8,595 12.4 934,470 10.7

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), 86.7% of private dwellings were occupied and 13.3% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 5,135 63.4 41,186 67.6 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 1,182 14.6 6,880 11.3 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 1,365 16.8 10,087 16.6 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 385 4.8 2,471 4.1 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), 63.4% were separate houses, 14.6% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 16.8% were flats, units or apartments and 4.8% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 142 1.8 999 1.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 739 9.1 4,536 7.4 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 1,705 21.0 13,275 21.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 3,575 44.1 27,268 44.8 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 1,641 20.3 12,789 21.0 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 300 3.7 2,024 3.3 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2.8 -- 2.8 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 2.9 -- 2.6 --

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), of occupied private dwellings 9.1% had 1 bedroom, 21.0% had 2 bedrooms and 44.1% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.8. The average household size was 2.6 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 1,223 15.1 9,530 15.7 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 2,977 36.7 18,630 30.6 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 3,486 43.0 29,903 49.1 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 70 0.9 580 1.0 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 346 4.3 2,248 3.7 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), 15.1% were owned outright, 36.7% were owned with a mortgage and 43.0% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Family households 5,479 67.6 44,046 72.3 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 2,093 25.8 13,317 21.9 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 530 6.5 3,528 5.8 321,007 4.1

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), of all households, 67.6% were family households, 25.8% were single person households and 6.5% were group households.

Household income Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 13.3 -- 14.6 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 14.7 -- 16.3 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), 13.3% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 14.7% 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 Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Median rent 300 -- 225 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 90.3 -- 91.0 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 9.7 -- 9.0 -- 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 Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,950 -- 2,058 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 90.8 -- 92.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 9.2 -- 7.7 -- 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 Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
None 709 8.7 7,153 11.7 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 3,001 37.0 20,289 33.3 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 2,667 32.9 20,488 33.6 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 1,310 16.2 10,184 16.7 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 416 5.1 2,776 4.6 234,292 3.0

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), 37.0% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 32.9% had two registered motor vehicles and 16.2% 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 Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 4,590 -- 56,776 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 2,152 46.9 28,035 49.4 270,331 49.3
Female 2,438 53.1 28,741 50.6 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 24 -- 23 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), there were 4,590 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 2,152 (or 46.9%) were male and 2,438 (or 53.1%) were female. The median age was 24 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.3 -- 4.2 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.4 -- 1.7 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 1,073 -- 1,099 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.3, with 1.4 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,073.

Mortgage and rent Alice Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 150 -- 75 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,948 -- 1,963 -- 1,647 --

In Alice Springs (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $150 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,948.

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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