2011 Census QuickStats

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Australia | Australian Capital Territory | Commonwealth Electoral Divisions

Canberra, ACT

Code CED801 (CED)
People 168,502
Male 82,921
Female 85,581
Median age 37
Families 45,815
Average children per family 1.8
All private dwellings 69,370
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,947
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,123
Median weekly rent $375
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.8
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includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Total 168,502 -- 357,222 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 82,921 49.2 176,746 49.5 10,634,013 49.4
Female 85,581 50.8 180,476 50.5 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2,879 1.7 5,185 1.5 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 168,502 people in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions) of these 49.2% were male and 50.8% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.7% of the population.

Age Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
People
0-4 years 10,554 6.3 23,843 6.7 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 10,142 6.0 21,411 6.0 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 10,889 6.5 21,089 5.9 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 11,714 7.0 23,999 6.7 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 11,532 6.8 30,750 8.6 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 12,027 7.1 30,535 8.5 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 11,072 6.6 27,708 7.8 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 11,765 7.0 26,960 7.5 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 12,421 7.4 25,973 7.3 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 12,950 7.7 24,602 6.9 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 12,619 7.5 23,405 6.6 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 10,834 6.4 20,408 5.7 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 9,620 5.7 18,373 5.1 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 6,681 4.0 12,672 3.5 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 4,790 2.8 8,994 2.5 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 3,489 2.1 6,591 1.8 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 2,735 1.6 5,074 1.4 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 2,671 1.6 4,835 1.4 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 37 -- 34 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions) was 37 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.1% of the population.

Registered marital status Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 67,792 49.5 137,508 47.3 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 3,713 2.7 7,536 2.6 529,280 3.0
Divorced 11,729 8.6 23,093 7.9 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 6,074 4.4 11,350 3.9 949,634 5.5
Never married 47,614 34.8 111,389 38.3 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions) aged 15 years and over, 49.5% were married and 11.3% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 50 -- 48 -- 50 --
Separated 49 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 53 -- 53 -- 54 --
Widowed 77 -- 77 -- 78 --
Never married 25 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions) was 50 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 62,037 49.6 124,924 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 12,237 9.8 27,591 10.7 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 50,767 40.6 105,845 41.0 6,413,399 41.3

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), of people aged 15 years and over, 49.6% of people were in a registered marriage and 9.8% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 50 -- 48 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 36 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 31 -- 30 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions) was 50 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 36 years.

Education Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Pre-school 2,312 4.6 5,201 4.5 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 7,576 15.1 16,597 14.5 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 4,125 8.2 7,451 6.5 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 1,750 3.5 3,662 3.2 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 6,096 12.2 12,384 10.8 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 3,989 8.0 6,635 5.8 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 2,256 4.5 4,096 3.6 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 4,276 8.5 9,181 8.0 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 8,725 17.4 28,337 24.7 932,524 14.3
Other 1,189 2.4 2,807 2.4 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 7,864 15.7 18,506 16.1 1,511,694 23.2
Total 50,158 -- 114,857 -- 6,503,580 --

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions) 29.8% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 26.8% were in primary school, 24.6% in secondary school and 25.9% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Australia 125,409 74.4 255,052 71.4 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 46,807 29.2 108,891 32.2 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 13,485 8.4 27,344 8.1 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 10,071 6.3 21,036 6.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 89,913 56.1 180,529 53.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 56.1% of people had both parents born in Australia and 29.2% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 62,566 65.2 132,040 65.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 24,190 25.2 51,028 25.1 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 6,105 6.4 12,821 6.3 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 3,049 3.2 7,316 3.6 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 95,910 -- 203,205 -- 10,658,460 --
 
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There were 95,910 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions). Of these 65.2% were employed full time, 25.2% were employed part-time and 3.2% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 8,708 9.4 18,664 9.5 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 6,932 7.5 14,748 7.5 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 8,545 9.2 17,617 9.0 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 19,774 21.3 43,133 22.0 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 42,791 46.1 88,909 45.4 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 9.4% worked 1 to 15 hours, 7.5% worked 16 to 24 hours and 46.1% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 41 -- 39 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 39 -- 36 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions) was 41 years and for people who were employed part-time was 39 years.

Occupation Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 942 -- 917 -- 577 --
Family 2,316 -- 2,277 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,947 -- 1,920 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions) was $942.

Travel to work, top responses Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 108,281 79.1 226,730 77.9 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 39,556 28.9 82,139 28.2 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 15,462 11.3 30,889 10.6 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 28,918 21.1 61,571 21.2 3,090,874 17.8

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), of people aged 15 years and over, 79.1% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 28.9% provided care for children and 11.3% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 21.1% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 35,179 25.7 75,671 26.0 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 43,245 31.6 91,161 31.3 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 18,717 13.7 37,329 12.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 11,142 8.1 22,571 7.8 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 31.6% worked 5 to 14 hours, 13.7% worked 15 to 29 hours and 8.1% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Couple family without children 16,767 36.6 35,150 37.6 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 21,353 46.6 43,191 46.2 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 7,061 15.4 13,601 14.6 901,637 15.9
Other family 634 1.4 1,452 1.6 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 46.6% were couple families with children, 36.6% were couple families without children and 15.4% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 20.0 -- 19.8 -- 17.6
Female -- 80.0 -- 80.2 -- 82.4

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions) 20.0% of single parents were male and 80.0% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Families without children 2,715 -- 2,662 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 3,112 -- 3,060 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $3,112 and those without children was $2,715.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 11,749 30.8 24,454 31.2 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 1,284 3.4 2,579 3.3 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 7,986 20.9 16,099 20.5 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 4,858 12.7 10,520 13.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 1,666 4.4 3,301 4.2 251,191 5.4
Both not working 5,356 14.0 10,452 13.3 899,598 19.2
Other 2,953 7.7 6,140 7.8 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 2,271 6.0 4,800 6.1 314,529 6.7

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), of couple families, 30.8% had both partners employed full-time, 3.4% had both employed part-time and 20.9% 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 Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 62,221 92.7 129,423 92.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 4,901 7.3 10,196 7.3 934,470 10.7

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 92.7% of private dwellings were occupied and 7.3% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 47,666 76.6 94,266 72.8 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 7,377 11.9 18,811 14.5 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 6,965 11.2 16,071 12.4 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 196 0.3 228 0.2 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 76.6% were separate houses, 11.9% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 11.2% were flats, units or apartments and 0.3% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 199 0.3 419 0.3 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 2,478 4.0 6,739 5.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 7,781 12.5 17,477 13.5 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 27,479 44.2 56,123 43.4 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 23,645 38.0 47,271 36.5 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 640 1.0 1,396 1.1 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.3 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), of occupied private dwellings 4.0% had 1 bedroom, 12.5% had 2 bedrooms and 44.2% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.3. The average household size was 2.6 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 19,563 31.4 36,739 28.4 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 24,229 38.9 50,392 38.9 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 17,165 27.6 39,592 30.6 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 380 0.6 816 0.6 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 883 1.4 1,886 1.5 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 31.4% were owned outright, 38.9% were owned with a mortgage and 27.6% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Family households 45,145 72.6 91,979 71.1 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 14,570 23.4 30,248 23.4 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 2,507 4.0 7,198 5.6 321,007 4.1

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), of all households, 72.6% were family households, 23.4% were single person households and 4.0% were group households.

Household income Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 12.8 -- 12.9 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 24.8 -- 23.7 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 12.8% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 24.8% 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 Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Median rent 375 -- 380 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 93.1 -- 92.0 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 6.9 -- 8.0 -- 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 Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,123 -- 2,167 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.6 -- 92.2 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 7.4 -- 7.8 -- 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 Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
None 3,449 5.5 7,978 6.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 21,818 35.1 47,517 36.7 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 24,628 39.6 50,278 38.8 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 11,121 17.9 21,104 16.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 1,207 1.9 2,548 2.0 234,292 3.0

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 35.1% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 39.6% 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 Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 2,876 -- 5,185 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 1,459 50.7 2,656 51.2 270,331 49.3
Female 1,417 49.3 2,529 48.8 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 22 -- 22 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), there were 2,876 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 1,459 (or 50.7%) were male and 1,417 (or 49.3%) 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 Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % 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 1,684 -- 1,666 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 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 $1,684.

Mortgage and rent Canberra, ACT % Australian Capital Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 310 -- 305 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 2,167 -- 1,647 --

In Canberra, ACT (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $310 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,167.

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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