2011 Census QuickStats

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Australia | Queensland | Significant Urban Areas

Townsville

Code 3016 (SUA)
People 162,292
Male 80,736
Female 81,556
Median age 32
Families 41,908
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 66,113
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,398
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,879
Median weekly rent $290
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Total 162,292 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 80,736 49.7 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 81,556 50.3 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 10,326 6.4 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 162,292 people in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas) of these 49.7% were male and 50.3% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 6.4% of the population.

Age Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 12,116 7.5 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 11,175 6.9 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 11,375 7.0 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 12,834 7.9 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 14,105 8.7 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 13,088 8.1 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 11,523 7.1 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 11,887 7.3 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 11,620 7.2 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 10,991 6.8 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 10,296 6.3 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 8,511 5.2 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 7,293 4.5 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 5,119 3.2 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 3,767 2.3 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 2,675 1.6 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 2,131 1.3 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 1,785 1.1 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 32 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas) was 32 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 21.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 9.5% of the population.

Registered marital status Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 55,623 43.6 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 4,315 3.4 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 11,166 8.7 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 5,263 4.1 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 51,264 40.2 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas) aged 15 years and over, 43.6% were married and 12.1% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 47 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 47 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 52 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 76 -- 77 -- 78 --
Never married 24 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas) was 47 years and the median age of people never married was 24 years.

Social marital status Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 49,153 44.6 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 15,065 13.7 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 46,062 41.8 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 44.6% of people were in a registered marriage and 13.7% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 47 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 31 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 30 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas) was 47 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 31 years.

Education Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 1,761 3.4 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 8,910 17.1 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 4,229 8.1 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 1,710 3.3 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 5,537 10.6 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 2,843 5.4 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 1,771 3.4 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 3,017 5.8 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 8,469 16.2 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 781 1.5 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 13,156 25.2 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 52,184 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas) 32.2% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 28.5% were in primary school, 19.5% in secondary school and 22.0% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 130,219 80.2 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 26,019 17.5 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 10,164 6.8 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 7,721 5.2 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 104,917 70.5 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), 70.5% of people had both parents born in Australia and 17.5% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Townsville % Queensland % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 54,021 63.2 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 21,668 25.3 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 5,419 6.3 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 4,383 5.1 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 85,491 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 85,491 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas). Of these 63.2% were employed full time, 25.3% were employed part-time and 5.1% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 7,779 9.6 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 6,001 7.4 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 7,888 9.7 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 15,975 19.7 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 38,049 46.9 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), 9.6% worked 1 to 15 hours, 7.4% worked 16 to 24 hours and 46.9% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 39 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 35 -- 39 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas) was 39 years and for people who were employed part-time was 35 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 682 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,645 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,399 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas) was $682.

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

Unpaid work Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 91,595 71.8 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 37,401 29.3 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 11,750 9.2 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 21,185 16.6 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 71.8% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 29.3% provided care for children and 9.2% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 16.6% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 28,895 22.6 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 35,131 27.5 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 15,383 12.1 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 12,184 9.5 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), 27.5% worked 5 to 14 hours, 12.1% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.5% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 15,471 36.9 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 18,393 43.9 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 7,253 17.3 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 790 1.9 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), 43.9% were couple families with children, 36.9% were couple families without children and 17.3% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 18.0 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 82.0 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas) 18.0% of single parents were male and 82.0% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 2,119 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,334 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,334 and those without children was $2,119.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 9,086 26.8 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 890 2.6 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 6,959 20.6 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 4,973 14.7 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 1,246 3.7 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 4,407 13.0 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 2,370 7.0 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 3,925 11.6 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), of couple families, 26.8% had both partners employed full-time, 2.6% had both employed part-time and 20.6% 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 56,473 90.8 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 5,756 9.2 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), 90.8% of private dwellings were occupied and 9.2% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 45,057 79.8 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 3,381 6.0 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 7,554 13.4 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 432 0.8 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), 79.8% were separate houses, 6.0% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 13.4% were flats, units or apartments and 0.8% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 259 0.5 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 1,851 3.3 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 9,724 17.2 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 23,755 42.1 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 19,737 35.0 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,146 2.0 29,075 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.2 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), of occupied private dwellings 3.3% had 1 bedroom, 17.2% had 2 bedrooms and 42.1% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.2. The average household size was 2.6 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 12,520 22.2 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 20,219 35.8 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 21,899 38.8 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 499 0.9 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 1,336 2.4 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), 22.2% were owned outright, 35.8% were owned with a mortgage and 38.8% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 41,018 72.6 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 12,382 21.9 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 3,072 5.4 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), of all households, 72.6% were family households, 21.9% were single person households and 5.4% were group households.

Household income Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 18.3 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 10.8 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), 18.3% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 10.8% 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 290 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 88.4 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 11.6 -- 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,879 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 91.9 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 8.1 -- 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
None 3,544 6.3 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 19,002 33.6 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 22,073 39.1 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 10,110 17.9 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 1,744 3.1 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), 33.6% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 39.1% had two registered motor vehicles and 17.9% 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 Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 10,329 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 5,095 49.3 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 5,234 50.7 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 20 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), there were 10,329 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 5,095 (or 49.3%) were male and 5,234 (or 50.7%) were female. The median age was 20 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Townsville % 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 1,187 -- 1,066 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), 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 $1,187.

Mortgage and rent Townsville % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 250 -- 220 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,762 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Townsville (Significant Urban Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $250 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,762.

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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