2011 Census QuickStats

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Desert Springs

Code SSC70050 (SSC)
People 1,499
Male 749
Female 750
Median age 39
Families 399
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 629
Average people per household 2.7
Median weekly household income $2,466
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,000
Median weekly rent $380
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.9
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Total 1,499 -- 211,945 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 749 50.0 109,517 51.7 10,634,013 49.4
Female 750 50.0 102,428 48.3 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 37 2.5 56,776 26.8 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 1,499 people in Desert Springs (State Suburbs) of these 50.0% were male and 50.0% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.5% of the population.

Age Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People
0-4 years 99 6.6 17,119 8.1 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 116 7.7 16,415 7.7 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 109 7.3 15,608 7.4 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 91 6.1 14,820 7.0 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 83 5.5 16,839 7.9 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 82 5.5 19,213 9.1 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 105 7.0 17,345 8.2 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 93 6.2 16,829 7.9 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 133 8.9 16,331 7.7 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 163 10.9 14,799 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 118 7.9 13,775 6.5 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 129 8.6 11,632 5.5 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 92 6.1 9,121 4.3 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 28 1.9 5,286 2.5 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 39 2.6 3,280 1.5 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 0 0.0 1,726 0.8 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 10 0.7 1,112 0.5 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 10 0.7 694 0.3 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 39 -- 31 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Desert Springs (State Suburbs) was 39 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 21.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 5.9% of the population.

Registered marital status Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 668 57.0 70,154 43.1 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 25 2.1 5,526 3.4 529,280 3.0
Divorced 105 9.0 13,273 8.2 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 27 2.3 5,202 3.2 949,634 5.5
Never married 347 29.6 68,647 42.2 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Desert Springs (State Suburbs) aged 15 years and over, 57.0% were married and 11.1% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 49 -- 44 -- 50 --
Separated 54 -- 47 -- 49 --
Divorced 51 -- 53 -- 54 --
Widowed 75 -- 65 -- 78 --
Never married 25 -- 27 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Desert Springs (State Suburbs) was 49 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 577 56.0 54,563 41.5 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 121 11.7 19,532 14.9 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 332 32.2 57,233 43.6 6,413,399 41.3

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), of people aged 15 years and over, 56.0% of people were in a registered marriage and 11.7% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 49 -- 44 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 37 -- 35 -- 35 --
Not married 29 -- 32 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Desert Springs (State Suburbs) was 49 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 37 years.

Education Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Pre-school 23 4.9 3,339 4.6 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 49 10.4 15,171 20.7 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 53 11.3 2,586 3.5 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 51 10.8 2,150 2.9 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 8 1.7 8,003 10.9 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 25 5.3 1,780 2.4 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 59 12.5 2,823 3.9 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 24 5.1 2,726 3.7 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 53 11.3 6,682 9.1 932,524 14.3
Other 12 2.5 1,627 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 114 24.2 26,242 35.9 1,511,694 23.2
Total 471 -- 73,129 -- 6,503,580 --

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs) 31.7% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 32.4% were in primary school, 19.5% in secondary school and 16.7% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Australia 1,010 67.3 158,031 74.6 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 459 33.3 42,606 22.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 81 5.9 10,807 5.8 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 76 5.5 9,131 4.9 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 763 55.3 125,126 66.7 10,757,087 53.7

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), 55.3% of people had both parents born in Australia and 33.3% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 680 73.0 69,544 66.9 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 188 20.2 20,878 20.1 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 54 5.8 8,056 7.7 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 10 1.1 5,489 5.3 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 932 -- 103,967 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 932 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Desert Springs (State Suburbs). Of these 73.0% were employed full time, 20.2% were employed part-time and 1.1% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 49 5.3 6,588 6.7 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 45 4.9 6,344 6.4 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 90 9.8 7,952 8.1 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 148 16.1 19,470 19.8 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 530 57.6 50,076 50.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Desert Springs (State Suburbs), 5.3% worked 1 to 15 hours, 4.9% worked 16 to 24 hours and 57.6% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 44 -- 39 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 43 -- 37 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Desert Springs (State Suburbs) was 44 years and for people who were employed part-time was 43 years.

Occupation Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 1,085 -- 745 -- 577 --
Family 2,574 -- 1,759 -- 1,481 --
Household 2,466 -- 1,674 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Desert Springs (State Suburbs) was $1,085.

Travel to work, top responses Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 885 75.6 108,531 66.7 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 319 27.2 49,616 30.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 59 5.0 14,566 8.9 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 310 26.4 27,050 16.6 3,090,874 17.8

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), of people aged 15 years and over, 75.6% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.2% provided care for children and 5.0% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 26.4% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 279 23.8 37,795 23.2 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 374 31.9 42,817 26.3 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 148 12.6 16,605 10.2 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 87 7.4 11,314 6.9 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Desert Springs (State Suburbs), 31.9% worked 5 to 14 hours, 12.6% worked 15 to 29 hours and 7.4% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Couple family without children 171 42.8 16,310 34.0 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 190 47.5 22,245 46.3 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 36 9.0 8,610 17.9 901,637 15.9
Other family 3 0.8 866 1.8 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Desert Springs (State Suburbs), 47.5% were couple families with children, 42.8% were couple families without children and 9.0% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 36.1 -- 19.5 -- 17.6
Female -- 63.9 -- 80.5 -- 82.4

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs) 36.1% of single parents were male and 63.9% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Families without children 2,597 -- 2,300 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 3,146 -- 2,475 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $3,146 and those without children was $2,597.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 138 37.8 12,591 32.7 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 7 1.9 1,326 3.4 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 88 24.1 5,984 15.5 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 47 12.9 5,205 13.5 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 6 1.6 1,552 4.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 10 2.7 4,773 12.4 899,598 19.2
Other 30 8.2 3,327 8.6 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 39 10.7 3,801 9.9 314,529 6.7

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), of couple families, 37.8% had both partners employed full-time, 1.9% had both employed part-time and 24.1% 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 Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 520 89.0 60,889 87.6 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 64 11.0 8,595 12.4 934,470 10.7

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), 89.0% of private dwellings were occupied and 11.0% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 327 62.8 41,186 67.6 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 88 16.9 6,880 11.3 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 106 20.3 10,087 16.6 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 0 0.0 2,471 4.1 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Desert Springs (State Suburbs), 62.8% were separate houses, 16.9% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 20.3% were flats, units or apartments and 0.0% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 0 0.0 999 1.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 3 0.6 4,536 7.4 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 141 27.0 13,275 21.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 160 30.7 27,268 44.8 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 207 39.7 12,789 21.0 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 11 2.1 2,024 3.3 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.1 -- 2.8 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.7 -- 2.9 -- 2.6 --

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), of occupied private dwellings 0.6% had 1 bedroom, 27.0% had 2 bedrooms and 30.7% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.1. The average household size was 2.7 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 123 23.6 9,530 15.7 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 170 32.6 18,630 30.6 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 207 39.7 29,903 49.1 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 11 2.1 580 1.0 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 11 2.1 2,248 3.7 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Desert Springs (State Suburbs), 23.6% were owned outright, 32.6% were owned with a mortgage and 39.7% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Family households 395 76.0 44,046 72.3 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 108 20.8 13,317 21.9 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 17 3.3 3,528 5.8 321,007 4.1

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), of all households, 76.0% were family households, 20.8% were single person households and 3.3% were group households.

Household income Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 5.8 -- 14.6 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 29.4 -- 16.3 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), 5.8% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 29.4% 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 Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Median rent 380 -- 225 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 93.3 -- 91.0 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 6.7 -- 9.0 -- 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 Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,000 -- 2,058 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.5 -- 92.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 7.5 -- 7.7 -- 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 Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
None 8 1.5 7,153 11.7 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 174 33.4 20,289 33.3 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 222 42.6 20,488 33.6 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 108 20.7 10,184 16.7 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 9 1.7 2,776 4.6 234,292 3.0

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), 33.4% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 42.6% had two registered motor vehicles and 20.7% 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 Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 39 -- 56,776 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 14 35.9 28,035 49.4 270,331 49.3
Female 25 64.1 28,741 50.6 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 36 -- 23 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Desert Springs (State Suburbs), there were 39 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 14 (or 35.9%) were male and 25 (or 64.1%) were female. The median age was 36 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 2.4 -- 4.2 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.7 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 2,750 -- 1,099 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 2.4, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $2,750.

Mortgage and rent Desert Springs % Northern Territory % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 650 -- 75 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,210 -- 1,963 -- 1,647 --

In Desert Springs (State Suburbs), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $650 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,210.

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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