2011 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | Queensland | State Suburbs

Cairns City

Code SSC30289 (SSC)
People 2,180
Male 1,172
Female 1,008
Median age 40
Families 410
Average children per family 1.6
All private dwellings 1,241
Average people per household 1.9
Median weekly household income $1,276
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,100
Median weekly rent $323
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.5
Community profile

QuickStats Search

Loading map...
Each of the sections below is expandable. Select once to expand the section and display the hidden content. Select again to collapse the section and hide the content. To access the hidden content within each section, select the section to display the content, then use arrow keys to navigate down to the expanded content.

Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Total 2,180 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 1,172 53.8 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 1,008 46.2 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 52 2.4 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 2,180 people in Cairns City (State Suburbs) of these 53.8% were male and 46.2% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.4% of the population.

Age Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 60 2.8 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 38 1.7 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 60 2.8 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 100 4.6 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 201 9.2 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 219 10.0 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 202 9.3 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 168 7.7 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 164 7.5 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 196 9.0 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 191 8.8 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 152 7.0 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 153 7.0 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 102 4.7 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 77 3.5 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 43 2.0 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 26 1.2 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 28 1.3 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 40 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Cairns City (State Suburbs) was 40 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 7.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.6% of the population.

Registered marital status Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 745 36.9 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 71 3.5 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 235 11.6 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 78 3.9 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 890 44.1 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Cairns City (State Suburbs) aged 15 years and over, 36.9% were married and 15.2% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 51 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 57 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 53 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 68 -- 77 -- 78 --
Never married 29 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Cairns City (State Suburbs) was 51 years and the median age of people never married was 29 years.

Social marital status Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 503 38.2 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 176 13.4 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 638 48.4 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), of people aged 15 years and over, 38.2% of people were in a registered marriage and 13.4% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 52 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 38 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 37 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Cairns City (State Suburbs) was 52 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 38 years.

Education Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 4 0.6 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 14 2.2 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 23 3.6 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 8 1.3 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 33 5.2 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 20 3.1 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 10 1.6 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 44 6.9 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 72 11.3 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 19 3.0 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 388 61.1 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 635 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Cairns City (State Suburbs) 29.2% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 7.2% were in primary school, 9.9% in secondary school and 17.8% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 1,038 47.7 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 847 47.5 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 99 5.6 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 70 3.9 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 766 43.0 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), 43.0% of people had both parents born in Australia and 47.5% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 752 62.6 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 263 21.9 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 69 5.7 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 118 9.8 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 1,202 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 1,202 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Cairns City (State Suburbs). Of these 62.6% were employed full time, 21.9% were employed part-time and 9.8% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 91 8.4 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 70 6.5 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 99 9.1 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 173 15.9 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 582 53.6 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Cairns City (State Suburbs), 8.4% worked 1 to 15 hours, 6.5% worked 16 to 24 hours and 53.6% worked 40 hours or more.

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

The median age of people employed full-time in Cairns City (State Suburbs) was 41 years and for people who were employed part-time was 41 years.

Occupation Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

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

Median weekly incomes Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 718 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,660 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,276 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Cairns City (State Suburbs) was $718.

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

Unpaid work Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 1,103 54.6 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 221 10.9 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 108 5.3 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 277 13.7 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), of people aged 15 years and over, 54.6% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 10.9% provided care for children and 5.3% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 13.7% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 419 20.7 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 475 23.5 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 123 6.1 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 83 4.1 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Cairns City (State Suburbs), 23.5% worked 5 to 14 hours, 6.1% worked 15 to 29 hours and 4.1% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 262 63.9 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 99 24.1 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 45 11.0 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 4 1.0 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Cairns City (State Suburbs), 24.1% were couple families with children, 63.9% were couple families without children and 11.0% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 17.1 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 82.9 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Cairns City (State Suburbs) 17.1% of single parents were male and 82.9% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 2,259 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,299 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,299 and those without children was $2,259.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 108 29.8 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 14 3.9 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 56 15.5 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 41 11.3 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 18 5.0 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 60 16.6 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 18 5.0 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 47 13.0 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), of couple families, 29.8% had both partners employed full-time, 3.9% had both employed part-time and 15.5% 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 City % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 789 76.3 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 245 23.7 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), 76.3% of private dwellings were occupied and 23.7% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 43 5.4 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 11 1.4 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 704 89.0 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 27 3.4 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Cairns City (State Suburbs), 5.4% were separate houses, 1.4% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 89.0% were flats, units or apartments and 3.4% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 36 4.6 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 117 14.8 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 342 43.2 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 242 30.6 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 30 3.8 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 24 3.0 29,075 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2.3 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 1.9 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), of occupied private dwellings 14.8% had 1 bedroom, 43.2% had 2 bedrooms and 30.6% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.3. The average household size was 1.9 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 205 25.9 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 156 19.7 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 394 49.7 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 8 1.0 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 29 3.7 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Cairns City (State Suburbs), 25.9% were owned outright, 19.7% were owned with a mortgage and 49.7% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 410 51.7 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 314 39.6 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 69 8.7 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), of all households, 51.7% were family households, 39.6% were single person households and 8.7% were group households.

Household income Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 23.5 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 10.5 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), 23.5% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 10.5% 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 Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 323 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 80.1 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 19.9 -- 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 City % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,100 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.9 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 7.1 -- 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 Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
None 126 15.9 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 395 49.8 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 185 23.3 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 53 6.7 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 34 4.3 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), 49.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 23.3% had two registered motor vehicles and 6.7% 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 City % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 52 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 30 57.7 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 22 42.3 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 32 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Cairns City (State Suburbs), there were 52 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 30 (or 57.7%) were male and 22 (or 42.3%) were female. The median age was 32 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 2.3 -- 3.4 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.3 -- 1.3 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 2,250 -- 1,066 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 2.3, with 1.3 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $2,250.

Mortgage and rent Cairns City % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 275 -- 220 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,059 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Cairns City (State Suburbs), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $275 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,059.

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

Back to Top