2011 Census QuickStats

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Australia | Queensland | Local Government Areas

Cairns (R)

Code LGA32070 (LGA)
People 156,169
Male 77,553
Female 78,616
Median age 36
Families 40,235
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 70,707
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,145
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,733
Median weekly rent $250
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.6
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Total 156,169 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 77,553 49.7 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 78,616 50.3 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 14,390 9.2 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 156,169 people in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas) of these 49.7% were male and 50.3% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 9.2% of the population.

Age Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 11,682 7.5 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 11,142 7.1 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 11,034 7.1 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 10,337 6.6 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 9,079 5.8 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 10,524 6.7 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 11,020 7.1 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 12,278 7.9 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 12,363 7.9 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 11,944 7.6 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 11,093 7.1 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 9,590 6.1 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 8,312 5.3 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 5,836 3.7 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 3,816 2.4 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 2,576 1.6 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 1,859 1.2 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 1,684 1.1 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 36 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas) was 36 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 21.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.1% of the population.

Registered marital status Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 52,328 42.8 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 4,355 3.6 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 12,646 10.3 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 5,036 4.1 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 47,951 39.2 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas) aged 15 years and over, 42.8% were married and 13.9% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 49 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 48 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 53 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 75 -- 77 -- 78 --
Never married 28 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas) was 49 years and the median age of people never married was 28 years.

Social marital status Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 45,983 43.4 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 15,028 14.2 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 44,838 42.4 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 43.4% of people were in a registered marriage and 14.2% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 49 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 36 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 37 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas) was 49 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 36 years.

Education Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 1,746 3.6 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 8,444 17.5 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 4,031 8.4 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 1,292 2.7 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 6,109 12.7 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 2,480 5.1 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 878 1.8 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 2,832 5.9 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 4,437 9.2 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 1,040 2.2 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 14,971 31.0 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 48,260 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas) 30.9% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 28.5% were in primary school, 19.6% in secondary school and 15.1% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 111,800 71.6 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 38,161 27.0 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 10,605 7.5 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 9,078 6.4 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 83,601 59.1 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), 59.1% of people had both parents born in Australia and 27.0% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 47,586 59.7 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 22,019 27.6 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 4,900 6.1 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 5,264 6.6 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 79,769 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
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There were 79,769 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas). Of these 59.7% were employed full time, 27.6% were employed part-time and 6.6% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 7,007 9.4 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 6,255 8.4 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 8,753 11.7 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 14,326 19.2 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 33,263 44.6 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), 9.4% worked 1 to 15 hours, 8.4% worked 16 to 24 hours and 44.6% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 41 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 40 -- 39 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas) was 41 years and for people who were employed part-time was 40 years.

Occupation Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 620 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,393 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,145 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas) was $620.

Travel to work, top responses Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 85,849 70.2 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 34,756 28.4 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 11,374 9.3 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 21,765 17.8 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 70.2% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 28.4% provided care for children and 9.3% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 17.8% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 26,311 21.5 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 33,226 27.2 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 14,587 11.9 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 11,722 9.6 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), 27.2% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.9% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.6% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 15,592 38.8 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 16,334 40.6 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 7,696 19.1 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 614 1.5 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), 40.6% were couple families with children, 38.8% were couple families without children and 19.1% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 18.2 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 81.8 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas) 18.2% of single parents were male and 81.8% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 1,880 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,081 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,081 and those without children was $1,880.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 7,997 25.1 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 1,235 3.9 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 6,789 21.3 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 4,257 13.3 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 1,633 5.1 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 4,569 14.3 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 2,167 6.8 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 3,276 10.3 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), of couple families, 25.1% had both partners employed full-time, 3.9% had both employed part-time and 21.3% 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 Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 57,129 88.9 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 7,149 11.1 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), 88.9% of private dwellings were occupied and 11.1% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 40,753 71.3 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 4,313 7.5 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 11,250 19.7 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 728 1.3 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), 71.3% were separate houses, 7.5% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 19.7% were flats, units or apartments and 1.3% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 515 0.9 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 3,304 5.8 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 12,935 22.6 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 22,128 38.7 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 16,990 29.7 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,258 2.2 29,075 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.5 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), of occupied private dwellings 5.8% had 1 bedroom, 22.6% had 2 bedrooms and 38.7% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.5 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 13,262 23.2 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 19,278 33.7 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 22,713 39.8 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 390 0.7 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 1,487 2.6 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), 23.2% were owned outright, 33.7% were owned with a mortgage and 39.8% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 39,426 69.0 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 14,874 26.0 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 2,830 5.0 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), of all households, 69.0% were family households, 26.0% were single person households and 5.0% were group households.

Household income Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 23.7 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 7.0 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), 23.7% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 7.0% 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 Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 250 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 86.0 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 14.0 -- 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 Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,733 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 90.2 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 9.8 -- 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 Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
None 4,987 8.7 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 21,849 38.2 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 20,656 36.2 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 7,711 13.5 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 1,927 3.4 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), 38.2% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 36.2% had two registered motor vehicles and 13.5% 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 Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 14,392 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 6,764 47.0 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 7,628 53.0 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 20 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), there were 14,392 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 6,764 (or 47.0%) were male and 7,628 (or 53.0%) 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 Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.2 -- 3.4 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.3 -- 1.3 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 925 -- 1,066 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.2, with 1.3 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $925.

Mortgage and rent Cairns (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 200 -- 220 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,733 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Cairns (R) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $200 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,733.

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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