2016 Census QuickStats

Australia New South Wales Greater Capital City Statistical Areas

Greater Sydney

Code 1GSYD (GCCSA) Search for a Community Profile
People 4,823,991
Male 49.3%
Female 50.7%
Median age 36
Families 1,247,047
Average children per family
for families with children 1.9
for all families 0.8
All private dwellings 1,855,734
Average people per household 2.8
Median weekly household income $1,750
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,167
Median weekly rent $440
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
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Male 2,376,766 49.3 3,686,014 49.3 11,546,638 49.3
Female 2,447,221 50.7 3,794,217 50.7 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 70,135 1.5 216,176 2.9 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 4,823,991 people in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas). Of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.5% of the population.

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Age Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Median age 36 -- 38 -- 38 --
0-4 years 310,173 6.4 465,135 6.2 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 309,236 6.4 478,184 6.4 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 280,892 5.8 443,009 5.9 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 288,362 6.0 448,425 6.0 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 340,737 7.1 489,673 6.5 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 381,451 7.9 527,161 7.0 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 392,950 8.1 540,360 7.2 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 355,460 7.4 499,724 6.7 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 340,580 7.1 503,169 6.7 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 321,762 6.7 492,440 6.6 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 305,817 6.3 485,546 6.5 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 281,558 5.8 469,726 6.3 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 242,452 5.0 420,044 5.6 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 213,531 4.4 384,470 5.1 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 158,961 3.3 292,556 3.9 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 118,061 2.4 217,308 2.9 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 85,988 1.8 155,806 2.1 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 96,022 2.0 167,506 2.2 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was 36 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.9% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Married 1,934,132 49.3 2,965,280 48.7 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 111,495 2.8 190,198 3.1 608,059 3.2
Divorced 298,436 7.6 512,298 8.4 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 185,646 4.7 331,653 5.4 985,204 5.2
Never married 1,393,987 35.5 2,094,460 34.4 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) aged 15 years and over, 49.3% were married and 10.4% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Registered marriage 1,717,304 48.5 2,612,630 48.3 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 303,434 8.6 506,133 9.4 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 1,518,312 42.9 2,290,887 42.3 7,024,973 41.9

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 48.5% of people were in a registered marriage and 8.6% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Preschool 83,920 5.5 132,047 5.7 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 266,229 17.4 417,465 18.0 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 77,387 5.1 122,099 5.3 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 47,825 3.1 67,611 2.9 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 165,595 10.8 269,249 11.6 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 80,064 5.2 117,689 5.1 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 58,135 3.8 79,915 3.4 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 92,782 6.1 144,103 6.2 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 294,017 19.2 376,133 16.2 1,160,626 16.1
Other 50,247 3.3 63,673 2.7 198,383 2.8
Not stated 313,981 20.5 535,266 23.0 1,707,023 23.7

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 31.7% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 25.6% were in primary school, 19.9% in secondary school and 25.3% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Greater Sydney % New South Wales % 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 Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), and therefore the total responses count will not equal the persons count.

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Country of birth Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 2,752,119 57.1 4,899,090 65.5 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses

View the data quality statement for Country of birth (BPLP)
Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 2,385,354 49.4 2,764,170 37.0 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 310,176 6.4 458,394 6.1 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 219,852 4.6 325,182 4.3 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 1,595,035 33.1 3,399,725 45.4 11,070,538 47.3

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 33.1% of people had both parents born in Australia and 49.4% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

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

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Religious affiliation, top responses Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %

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

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People — employment
Employment - Released October 2017
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % 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 Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas). 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
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % 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 Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), % worked 1 to 15 hours, % worked 16 to 24 hours and % worked 40 hours or more.

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

The median age of people employed full-time in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was years and for people who were employed part-time was years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Personal 719 -- 664 -- 662 --
Family 1,988 -- 1,780 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,750 -- 1,486 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) was $719.

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

Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 2,628,461 67.0 4,127,723 67.7 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 1,073,085 27.3 1,659,250 27.2 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 435,993 11.1 709,415 11.6 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 653,910 16.7 1,103,790 18.1 3,620,726 19.0

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 67.0% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.3% provided care for children and 11.1% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 16.7% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

View the data quality statements for: Unpaid domestic work (DOMP) Unpaid child care (CHCAREP) Unpaid assistance (UNCAREP) Voluntary work (VOLWP)

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
People aged 15 years and over
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than 5 hours per week 934,749 23.8 1,359,656 22.3 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 966,678 24.6 1,531,206 25.1 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 408,730 10.4 690,934 11.3 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 318,303 8.1 545,925 9.0 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 24.6% worked 5 to 14 hours, 10.4% worked 15 to 29 hours and 8.1% 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 Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 416,588 33.4 709,524 36.6 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 617,424 49.5 887,358 45.7 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 190,048 15.2 310,906 16.0 959,543 15.8
Other family 22,992 1.8 32,438 1.7 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 49.5% were couple families with children, 33.4% were couple families without children and 15.2% were one parent families.

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

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 17.0% of single parents were male and 83.0% were female.

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

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 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
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % 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 Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of couple families with children, % had both partners employed full-time, % had both employed part-time and % had one employed full-time and the other part-time.

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure household composition mortgage & rent number of motor vehicles internet connection

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling count Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 1,623,868 92.3 2,604,320 90.1 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 136,055 7.7 284,741 9.9 1,039,874 11.2

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 92.3% of private dwellings were occupied and 7.7% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Separate house 924,225 56.9 1,729,820 66.4 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 227,235 14.0 317,453 12.2 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 456,231 28.1 519,390 19.9 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 9,132 0.6 23,580 0.9 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 56.9% were separate houses, 14.0% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 28.1% were flat or apartments and 0.6% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
None (includes bedsitters) 12,812 0.8 17,157 0.7 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 118,881 7.3 157,194 6.0 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 402,675 24.8 577,675 22.2 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 548,987 33.8 970,001 37.2 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 501,256 30.9 816,405 31.3 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 39,262 2.4 65,888 2.5 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.8 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of occupied private dwellings 7.3% had 1 bedroom, 24.8% had 2 bedrooms and 33.8% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.8 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Owned outright 472,635 29.1 839,665 32.2 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 539,917 33.2 840,004 32.3 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 553,249 34.1 826,922 31.8 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 14,183 0.9 23,968 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 43,899 2.7 73,763 2.8 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 29.1% were owned outright, 33.2% were owned with a mortgage and 34.1% were rented.

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Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 1,195,662 73.6 1,874,524 72.0 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 351,423 21.6 620,778 23.8 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 76,795 4.7 109,004 4.2 354,917 4.3

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), of all households, 73.6% were family households, 21.6% were single person households and 4.7% were group households.

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Household income Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 16.8 -- 19.7 -- 20.0
More than $3000 gross weekly income -- 23.6 -- 18.7 -- 16.4

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 16.8% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 23.6% 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 Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 440 -- 380 -- 335 --
Households with rent payments less than 30% of household income -- 85.8 -- 87.1 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than 30% of household income -- 14.2 -- 12.9 -- 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 Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 1,986 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 91.6 -- 92.6 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than 30% of household income -- 8.4 -- 7.4 -- 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 Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
None 179,500 11.1 239,625 9.2 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 603,062 37.1 946,159 36.3 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 532,633 32.8 887,849 34.1 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 254,660 15.7 435,053 16.7 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 54,026 3.3 95,623 3.7 285,197 3.4

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 37.1% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 32.8% had two registered motor vehicles and 15.7% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Dwellings — internet connection
Dwelling internet connection Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Internet not accessed from dwelling 190,219 11.7 381,709 14.7 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 1,389,707 85.6 2,149,040 82.5 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 43,948 2.7 73,565 2.8 221,494 2.7

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 85.6% 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.
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Male 34,716 49.5 107,368 49.7 322,171 49.6
Female 35,419 50.5 108,809 50.3 326,996 50.4
Median age 23 -- 22 -- 23 --

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 49.5% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 50.5% were female. The median age was 23 years.

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Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Average number of people per household 3.2 -- 3.1 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,488 -- 1,214 -- 1,203 --

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 Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.2 persons, with 1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,488.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Greater Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Median weekly rent 355 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,015 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Greater Sydney (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $355 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,015.

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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