2011 Census QuickStats

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Australia | New South Wales | Significant Urban Areas

Sydney

Code 1030 (SUA)
People 4,028,524
Male 1,985,922
Female 2,042,602
Median age 36
Families 1,054,403
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 1,561,053
Average people per household 2.7
Median weekly household income $1,490
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,169
Median weekly rent $365
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.6
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includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Total 4,028,524 -- 6,917,658 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 1,985,922 49.3 3,408,878 49.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 2,042,602 50.7 3,508,780 50.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 44,599 1.1 172,621 2.5 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 4,028,524 people in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas) of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.1% of the population.

Age Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People
0-4 years 275,673 6.8 458,736 6.6 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 251,039 6.2 434,608 6.3 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 244,792 6.1 439,168 6.3 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 251,077 6.2 443,416 6.4 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 287,150 7.1 449,685 6.5 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 322,398 8.0 473,160 6.8 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 317,043 7.9 468,336 6.8 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 311,496 7.7 488,124 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 294,284 7.3 483,502 7.0 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 282,288 7.0 481,428 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 262,288 6.5 469,024 6.8 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 227,314 5.6 419,612 6.1 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 203,207 5.0 390,678 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 150,040 3.7 304,327 4.4 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 114,133 2.8 237,362 3.4 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 89,244 2.2 186,032 2.7 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 73,577 1.8 150,724 2.2 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 71,482 1.8 139,735 2.0 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 36 -- 38 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas) was 36 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 19.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.4% of the population.

Registered marital status Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 1,623,247 49.8 2,758,854 49.4 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 89,513 2.7 170,428 3.1 529,280 3.0
Divorced 239,634 7.4 461,145 8.3 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 161,989 5.0 324,518 5.8 949,634 5.5
Never married 1,142,639 35.1 1,870,203 33.5 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas) aged 15 years and over, 49.8% were married and 10.1% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 48 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 48 -- 49 -- 49 --
Divorced 53 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 78 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 26 -- 26 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas) was 48 years and the median age of people never married was 26 years.

Social marital status Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 1,486,475 50.2 2,514,378 50.0 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 218,492 7.4 418,721 8.3 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 1,258,648 42.5 2,096,245 41.7 6,413,399 41.3

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 50.2% of people were in a registered marriage and 7.4% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 48 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 35 -- 36 -- 35 --
Not married 31 -- 34 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas) was 48 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 35 years.

Education Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Pre-school 71,312 5.6 126,605 5.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 205,234 16.0 372,075 17.4 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 67,932 5.3 115,727 5.4 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 39,186 3.1 61,544 2.9 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 141,343 11.0 271,181 12.7 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 69,366 5.4 109,409 5.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 47,668 3.7 71,341 3.3 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 97,149 7.6 168,004 7.9 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 219,088 17.1 303,070 14.2 932,524 14.3
Other 36,045 2.8 50,619 2.4 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 287,745 22.4 486,539 22.8 1,511,694 23.2
Total 1,282,068 -- 2,136,114 -- 6,503,580 --

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas) 31.8% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 24.4% were in primary school, 20.2% in secondary school and 24.7% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 2,340,472 58.1 4,747,372 68.6 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 1,948,550 52.1 2,363,793 36.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 262,650 7.0 433,840 6.7 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 176,079 4.7 294,595 4.6 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 1,353,546 36.2 3,342,215 51.9 10,757,087 53.7

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), 36.2% of people had both parents born in Australia and 52.1% of people had both parents born overseas.

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

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 1,264,756 62.5 2,007,924 60.2 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 533,450 26.4 939,465 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 110,189 5.4 190,944 5.7 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 114,768 5.7 196,525 5.9 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 2,023,163 -- 3,334,858 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 2,023,163 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas). Of these 62.5% were employed full time, 26.4% were employed part-time and 5.7% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 181,757 9.5 326,514 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 181,355 9.5 304,830 9.7 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 170,337 8.9 308,122 9.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 352,761 18.5 569,665 18.2 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 911,997 47.8 1,438,260 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), 9.5% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.5% worked 16 to 24 hours and 47.8% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 40 -- 41 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 39 -- 40 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas) was 40 years and for people who were employed part-time was 39 years.

Occupation Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 632 -- 561 -- 577 --
Family 1,725 -- 1,477 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,490 -- 1,237 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas) was $632.

Travel to work, top responses Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 2,192,932 67.3 3,839,135 68.7 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 884,489 27.2 1,537,775 27.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 349,565 10.7 638,615 11.4 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 488,519 15.0 942,085 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 67.3% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.2% provided care for children and 10.7% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 15.0% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 770,436 23.7 1,226,912 22.0 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 794,489 24.4 1,391,598 24.9 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 346,119 10.6 660,872 11.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 281,887 8.7 559,753 10.0 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), 24.4% worked 5 to 14 hours, 10.6% worked 15 to 29 hours and 8.7% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 348,873 33.1 669,019 36.6 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 522,269 49.5 831,850 45.5 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 162,735 15.4 297,904 16.3 901,637 15.9
Other family 20,527 1.9 30,780 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), 49.5% were couple families with children, 33.1% were couple families without children and 15.4% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 16.1 -- 17.0 -- 17.6
Female -- 83.9 -- 83.0 -- 82.4

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas) 16.1% of single parents were male and 83.9% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Families without children 2,333 -- 2,120 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,586 -- 2,370 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,586 and those without children was $2,333.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 210,215 24.1 327,626 21.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 29,972 3.4 54,280 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 173,215 19.9 306,829 20.4 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 154,533 17.7 239,315 15.9 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 47,847 5.5 83,287 5.5 251,191 5.4
Both not working 153,270 17.6 308,233 20.5 899,598 19.2
Other 51,793 5.9 89,812 6.0 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 50,297 5.8 91,486 6.1 314,529 6.7

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), of couple families, 24.1% had both partners employed full-time, 3.4% had both employed part-time and 19.9% 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 Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 1,387,438 93.3 2,471,299 90.3 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 99,021 6.7 265,338 9.7 934,470 10.7

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), 93.3% of private dwellings were occupied and 6.7% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 816,995 58.9 1,717,699 69.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 179,828 13.0 263,926 10.7 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 383,072 27.6 465,189 18.8 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 5,429 0.4 21,140 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), 58.9% were separate houses, 13.0% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 27.6% were flats, units or apartments and 0.4% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 13,324 1.0 18,042 0.7 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 95,311 6.9 137,467 5.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 354,302 25.5 555,253 22.5 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 503,258 36.3 986,995 39.9 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 395,963 28.5 726,049 29.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 25,279 1.8 47,491 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2.9 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.7 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), of occupied private dwellings 6.9% had 1 bedroom, 25.5% had 2 bedrooms and 36.3% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.9. The average household size was 2.7 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 415,780 30.0 820,006 33.2 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 482,422 34.8 824,292 33.4 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 445,826 32.1 743,050 30.1 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 10,135 0.7 20,418 0.8 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 33,275 2.4 63,530 2.6 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), 30.0% were owned outright, 34.8% were owned with a mortgage and 32.1% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 1,016,875 73.3 1,777,400 71.9 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 309,190 22.3 599,149 24.2 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 61,374 4.4 94,746 3.8 321,007 4.1

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), of all households, 73.3% were family households, 22.3% were single person households and 4.4% were group households.

Household income Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 19.6 -- 24.2 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 16.5 -- 12.3 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), 19.6% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 16.5% 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 Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 365 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 87.2 -- 88.4 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 12.8 -- 11.6 -- 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 Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,169 -- 1,993 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 87.8 -- 89.5 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 12.2 -- 10.5 -- 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 Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
None 173,003 12.5 258,153 10.4 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 533,634 38.5 933,953 37.8 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 454,330 32.7 840,655 34.0 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 185,701 13.4 360,074 14.6 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 40,770 2.9 78,462 3.2 234,292 3.0

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), 38.5% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 32.7% had two registered motor vehicles and 13.4% 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 Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 44,599 -- 172,620 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 21,979 49.3 85,080 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 22,620 50.7 87,540 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 22 -- 21 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), there were 44,599 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 21,979 (or 49.3%) were male and 22,620 (or 50.7%) were female. The median age was 22 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.1 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.2 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 1,170 -- 941 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.1, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,170.

Mortgage and rent Sydney % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 265 -- 200 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,101 -- 1,673 -- 1,647 --

In Sydney (Significant Urban Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $265 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,101.

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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