2016 Census QuickStats

Australia State/Territory

New South Wales

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People 7,480,228
Male 49.3%
Female 50.7%
Median age 38
Families 1,940,226
Average children per family
for families with children 1.9
for all families 0.8
All private dwellings 3,059,599
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,486
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,986
Median weekly rent $380
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 tables are based on a person's place of usual residence on Census night

People
Persons count based on place of usual residence on Census night
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Male 3,686,014 49.3 3,408,880 49.3 11,546,638 49.3
Female 3,794,217 50.7 3,508,782 50.7 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 216,176 2.9 172,625 2.5 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 7,480,228 people in New South Wales. Of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.9% of the population.

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Age New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Median age 38 -- 38 -- 38 --
0-4 years 465,135 6.2 458,736 6.6 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 478,184 6.4 434,607 6.3 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 443,009 5.9 439,168 6.3 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 448,425 6.0 443,415 6.4 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 489,673 6.5 449,684 6.5 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 527,161 7.0 473,160 6.8 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 540,360 7.2 468,335 6.8 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 499,724 6.7 488,123 7.1 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 503,169 6.7 483,503 7.0 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 492,440 6.6 481,427 7.0 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 485,546 6.5 469,022 6.8 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 469,726 6.3 419,611 6.1 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 420,044 5.6 390,678 5.6 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 384,470 5.1 304,325 4.4 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 292,556 3.9 237,361 3.4 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 217,308 2.9 186,031 2.7 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 155,806 2.1 150,723 2.2 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 167,506 2.2 139,732 2.0 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in New South Wales was 38 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.5% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.3% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Married 2,965,280 48.7 2,758,854 49.4 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 190,198 3.1 170,426 3.1 608,059 3.2
Divorced 512,298 8.4 461,146 8.3 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 331,653 5.4 324,519 5.8 985,204 5.2
Never married 2,094,460 34.4 1,870,203 33.5 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in New South Wales aged 15 years and over, 48.7% were married and 11.5% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Registered marriage 2,612,630 48.3 2,514,379 50.0 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 506,133 9.4 418,727 8.3 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 2,290,887 42.3 2,096,246 41.7 7,024,973 41.9

In New South Wales, of people aged 15 years and over, 48.3% of people were in a registered marriage and 9.4% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Pre-school 132,047 5.7 126,603 5.9 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 417,465 18.0 372,074 17.4 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 122,099 5.3 115,728 5.4 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 67,611 2.9 61,544 2.9 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 269,249 11.6 271,181 12.7 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 117,689 5.1 109,410 5.1 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 79,915 3.4 71,343 3.3 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 144,103 6.2 168,003 7.9 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 376,133 16.2 303,070 14.2 1,160,626 16.1
Other 63,673 2.7 50,615 2.4 198,383 2.8
Not stated 535,266 23.0 486,541 22.8 1,707,023 23.7

In New South Wales 31.1% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 26.1% were in primary school, 20.1% in secondary school and 22.4% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %

Respondents had the option of reporting two ancestries on their Census form, and this is captured by the Ancestry Multi Response (ANCP) variable used in this table. Calculated percentages represent a proportion of total reported ancestry responses in New South Wales, and therefore the total responses count will not equal the persons count.

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Country of birth New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Australia 4,899,090 65.5 4,747,374 68.6 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 2,764,170 37.0 2,363,794 34.2 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 458,394 6.1 433,841 6.3 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 325,182 4.3 294,593 4.3 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 3,399,725 45.4 3,342,214 48.3 11,070,538 47.3

In New South Wales, 45.4% of people had both parents born in Australia and 37.0% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses New South Wales % Australia %

2011 comparison data is not available for this table. For the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses, only whether a person's father was born in Australia or overseas was collected. In 2016, this question expanded to collect the actual country of birth of a person's father.

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses New South Wales % Australia %

2011 comparison data is not available for this table. For the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses, only whether a person's mother was born in Australia or overseas was collected. In 2016, this question expanded to collect the actual country of birth of a person's mother.

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Religious affiliation, top responses New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %

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Language, top responses (other than English) New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %

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People — employment
Employment - Released October 2017
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Worked full-time
Worked part-time
Away from work
Unemployed
Total in labour force -- -- --

There were people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in New South Wales. Of these % were employed full time, % were employed part-time and % were unemployed.

Available Oct 2017
Employment - hours worked - Released October 2017
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
1-15 hours per week
16-24 hours per week
25-34 hours per week
35-39 hours per week
40 hours or more per week

Of employed people in New South Wales, % worked 1 to 15 hours, % worked 16 to 24 hours and % worked 40 hours or more.

Available Oct 2017
Median age by employment status - Released October 2017
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Employed full-time -- -- --
Employed part-time -- -- --

The median age of people employed full-time in New South Wales was years and for people who were employed part-time was years.

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Occupation - Released October 2017
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %

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Industry of employment, top responses - Released October 2017
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Personal 664 -- 561 -- 662 --
Family 1,780 -- 1,477 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,486 -- 1,237 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in New South Wales was $664.

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Travel to work, top responses - Released October 2017
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 4,127,723 67.7 3,839,136 68.7 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 1,659,250 27.2 1,537,773 27.5 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 709,415 11.6 638,614 11.4 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 1,103,790 18.1 942,084 16.9 3,620,726 19.0

In New South Wales, of people aged 15 years and over, 67.7% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.2% provided care for children and 11.6% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 18.1% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

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Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 1,359,656 22.3 1,226,912 22.0 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 1,531,206 25.1 1,391,599 24.9 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 690,934 11.3 660,871 11.8 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 545,925 9.0 559,754 10.0 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in New South Wales, 25.1% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.3% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.0% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Couple family without children 709,524 36.6 669,020 36.6 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 887,358 45.7 831,853 45.5 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 310,906 16.0 297,906 16.3 959,543 15.8
Other family 32,438 1.7 30,778 1.7 102,559 1.7

Of the families in New South Wales, 45.7% were couple families with children, 36.6% were couple families without children and 16.0% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Male -- 17.8 -- 17.0 -- 18.2
Female -- 82.2 -- 83.0 -- 81.8

In New South Wales, 17.8% of single parents were male and 82.2% were female.

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Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes - Released October 2017 New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Families without children -- -- --
Families with children -- -- --

In New South Wales, for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $ and those without children was $.

This table uses Labour Force Status of Parents/Partners in Families (LFSF) to report the median family income of couple families with 2 incomes. This data will be available from October 2017.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families - Released October 2017
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Both employed, worked full-time
Both employed, worked part-time
One employed full-time, one part-time
One employed full-time, other not working
One employed part-time, other not working
Both not working
Other
Labour force status not stated

In New South Wales, of couple families, % had both partners employed full-time, % had both employed part-time and % had one employed full-time and the other part-time.

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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 count New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 2,604,320 90.1 2,471,305 90.3 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 284,741 9.9 265,338 9.7 1,039,874 11.2

In New South Wales, 90.1% of private dwellings were occupied and 9.9% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Separate house 1,729,820 66.4 1,717,700 69.5 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 317,453 12.2 263,930 10.7 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 519,390 19.9 465,189 18.8 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 23,580 0.9 21,143 0.9 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in New South Wales, 66.4% were separate houses, 12.2% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 19.9% were flats or apartments and 0.9% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 17,157 0.7 18,043 0.7 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 157,194 6.0 137,465 5.6 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 577,675 22.2 555,252 22.5 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 970,001 37.2 986,995 39.9 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 816,405 31.3 726,050 29.4 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 65,888 2.5 47,490 1.9 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In New South Wales, of occupied private dwellings 6.0% had 1 bedroom, 22.2% had 2 bedrooms and 37.2% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.6 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Owned outright 839,665 32.2 820,006 33.2 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 840,004 32.3 824,291 33.4 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 826,922 31.8 743,052 30.1 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 23,968 0.9 20,418 0.8 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 73,763 2.8 63,528 2.6 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in New South Wales, 32.2% were owned outright, 32.3% were owned with a mortgage and 31.8% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Family households 1,874,524 72.0 1,777,399 71.9 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 620,778 23.8 599,148 24.2 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 109,004 4.2 94,746 3.8 354,917 4.3

In New South Wales, of all households, 72.0% were family households, 23.8% were single person households and 4.2% were group households.

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Household income New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 19.7 -- 24.2 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 18.7 -- 12.3 -- 16.4

In New South Wales, 19.7% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 18.7% of households had a weekly income of more than $3000.

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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 New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Median rent 380 -- 300 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 87.1 -- 88.4 -- 88.5
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 12.9 -- 11.6 -- 11.5

The number of households where rent payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure are expressed in this table as a proportion of the total number of households in an area (including those households which were not renting, and 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.

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Mortgage monthly repayments New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,986 -- 1,993 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.6 -- 89.5 -- 92.8
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 7.4 -- 10.5 -- 7.2

The number of households where mortgage repayments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure are expressed in this table as a proportion of the total number of households in an area (including those households which were renting, and 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.

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Dwellings — number of motor vehicles
Number of registered motor vehicles New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
None 239,625 9.2 258,154 10.4 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 946,159 36.3 933,953 37.8 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 887,849 34.1 840,656 34.0 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 435,053 16.7 360,076 14.6 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 95,623 3.7 78,460 3.2 285,197 3.4

In New South Wales, 36.3% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 34.1% had two registered motor vehicles and 16.7% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Dwelling internet connection New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 381,709 14.7 495,949 20.1 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 2,149,040 82.5 1,885,407 76.3 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 73,565 2.8 89,939 3.6 221,494 2.7

In New South Wales, 82.5% of households had at least one person access the internet from the dwelling. This could have been through a desktop/laptop computer, mobile or smart phone, tablet, music or video player, gaming console, smart TV or any other device.

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Expand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people category,
includes selected people & dwelling characteristics

People characteristics - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
People characteristics
Count based on place of usual residence on Census night.
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Male 107,368 49.7 85,080 49.3 322,171 49.6
Female 108,809 50.3 87,540 50.7 326,996 50.4
Median age 22 -- 21 -- 23 --

In New South Wales, 49.7% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 50.3% were female. The median age was 22 years.

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Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households. These tables represent occupied private dwellings where at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander person was present

Dwelling characteristics
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.1 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 -- (a) -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,214 -- 941 -- 1,203 --

a) There has been change in methodology used to calculate the average number of persons per bedroom. To compare the time series for average number of persons per bedroom please refer to Understanding the Census and Census Data

In New South Wales, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.1 persons, with 1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,214.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
New South Wales % 2011 % Australia %
Median weekly rent 270 -- 200 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,733 -- 1,677 -- 1,660 --

In New South Wales, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $270 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,733.

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LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 27/06/2017

Small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from the table totals. For further information, go to the User Guide for QuickStats.

Data reported for Australia and Other Territories now includes Norfolk Island, following an amendment to the Acts Interpretation Act, 1901. Because Norfolk Island has not previously been included in the Census, any 2011 benchmarks will not include Norfolk Island.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics It contains data from the 2016 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2016 Release date of this QuickStat was 27 June 2017 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 2016 Census Dictionary. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 www.abs.gov.au/census