2011 Census QuickStats

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Australia | Queensland | Local Government Areas

Western Downs (R)

Code LGA37310 (LGA)
People 31,590
Male 16,282
Female 15,308
Median age 37
Families 8,008
Average children per family 2
All private dwellings 14,188
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,067
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,300
Median weekly rent $200
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 2
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People — demographics & education
People Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Total 31,590 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 16,282 51.5 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 15,308 48.5 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 1,417 4.5 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 31,590 people in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas) of these 51.5% were male and 48.5% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.5% of the population.

Age Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 2,518 8.0 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 2,444 7.7 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 2,420 7.7 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 2,032 6.4 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 1,721 5.4 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 1,891 6.0 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 1,848 5.8 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 2,181 6.9 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 2,260 7.2 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 2,139 6.8 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 2,027 6.4 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 1,863 5.9 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 1,792 5.7 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 1,391 4.4 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 1,145 3.6 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 807 2.6 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 595 1.9 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 517 1.6 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 37 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas) was 37 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 23.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.1% of the population.

Registered marital status Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 12,842 53.1 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 822 3.4 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 1,887 7.8 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 1,399 5.8 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 7,257 30.0 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas) aged 15 years and over, 53.1% were married and 11.2% were either divorced or separated.

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

The median age of married people in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas) was 50 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 11,131 54.0 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 2,195 10.7 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 7,274 35.3 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 54.0% of people were in a registered marriage and 10.7% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 50 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 34 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 38 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas) was 50 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 34 years.

Education Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 353 3.9 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 2,191 24.2 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 614 6.8 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 322 3.6 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 1,416 15.6 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 262 2.9 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 128 1.4 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 487 5.4 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 364 4.0 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 102 1.1 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 2,814 31.1 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 9,053 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas) 28.7% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 34.5% were in primary school, 20.0% in secondary school and 9.4% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 27,161 86.0 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 2,329 8.1 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 1,166 4.0 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 929 3.2 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 24,462 84.7 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), 84.7% of people had both parents born in Australia and 8.1% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 9,841 65.3 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 3,769 25.0 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 926 6.1 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 539 3.6 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 15,075 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 15,075 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas). Of these 65.3% were employed full time, 25.0% were employed part-time and 3.6% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 1,338 9.2 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 1,041 7.2 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 1,395 9.6 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 1,730 11.9 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 8,111 55.8 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), 9.2% worked 1 to 15 hours, 7.2% worked 16 to 24 hours and 55.8% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 42 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 41 -- 39 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas) was 42 years and for people who were employed part-time was 41 years.

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

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

Median weekly incomes Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 541 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,294 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,067 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas) was $541.

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

Unpaid work Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 16,614 68.6 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 7,175 29.6 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 2,590 10.7 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 6,247 25.8 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), of people aged 15 years and over, 68.6% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 29.6% 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, 25.8% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 4,574 18.9 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 5,644 23.3 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 3,072 12.7 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 3,322 13.7 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), 23.3% worked 5 to 14 hours, 12.7% worked 15 to 29 hours and 13.7% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 3,380 42.2 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 3,479 43.4 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 1,049 13.1 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 101 1.3 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), 43.4% were couple families with children, 42.2% were couple families without children and 13.1% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 18.5 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 81.5 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas) 18.5% of single parents were male and 81.5% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 1,618 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 1,958 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $1,958 and those without children was $1,618.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 1,670 24.3 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 189 2.8 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 1,561 22.7 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 1,095 16.0 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 284 4.1 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 1,127 16.4 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 428 6.2 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 511 7.4 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), of couple families, 24.3% had both partners employed full-time, 2.8% had both employed part-time and 22.7% 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 Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 10,951 83.9 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 2,108 16.1 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), 83.9% of private dwellings were occupied and 16.1% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 10,241 93.5 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 131 1.2 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 382 3.5 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 184 1.7 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), 93.5% were separate houses, 1.2% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 3.5% were flats, units or apartments and 1.7% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 79 0.7 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 387 3.5 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 1,608 14.7 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 4,810 43.9 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 3,790 34.6 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 276 2.5 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 Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), of occupied private dwellings 3.5% had 1 bedroom, 14.7% had 2 bedrooms and 43.9% 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 Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 3,936 35.9 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 3,176 29.0 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 3,378 30.8 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 142 1.3 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 320 2.9 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), 35.9% were owned outright, 29.0% were owned with a mortgage and 30.8% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 7,886 72.0 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 2,697 24.6 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 368 3.4 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), of all households, 72.0% were family households, 24.6% were single person households and 3.4% were group households.

Household income Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 27.3 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 6.7 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), 27.3% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 6.7% 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 Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 200 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 93.2 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 6.8 -- 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 Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,300 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 93.8 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 6.2 -- 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 Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
None 562 5.1 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 3,306 30.2 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 4,059 37.1 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 2,652 24.2 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 371 3.4 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), 30.2% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 37.1% had two registered motor vehicles and 24.2% 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 Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 1,417 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 687 48.5 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 730 51.5 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 19 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), there were 1,417 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 687 (or 48.5%) were male and 730 (or 51.5%) were female. The median age was 19 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Western Downs (R) % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.4 -- 3.4 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.3 -- 1.3 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 909 -- 1,066 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Western Downs (R) (Local Government Areas), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.4, with 1.3 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $909.

Mortgage and rent Western Downs (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 1,127 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Western Downs (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 $1,127.

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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