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Byron Bay

Code UCL115037 (UCL)
People 4,959
Male 2,451
Female 2,508
Median age 42
Families 1,042
Average children per family 1.6
All private dwellings 3,092
Average people per household 2.2
Median weekly household income $870
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,733
Median weekly rent $380
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.5
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Total 4,959 -- 6,917,658 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 2,451 49.4 3,408,878 49.3 10,634,013 49.4
Female 2,508 50.6 3,508,780 50.7 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 65 1.3 172,621 2.5 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 4,959 people in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) of these 49.4% were male and 50.6% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.3% of the population.

Age Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
People
0-4 years 192 3.9 458,736 6.6 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 211 4.3 434,608 6.3 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 192 3.9 439,168 6.3 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 248 5.0 443,416 6.4 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 371 7.5 449,685 6.5 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 405 8.2 473,160 6.8 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 399 8.1 468,336 6.8 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 330 6.7 488,124 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 336 6.8 483,502 7.0 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 361 7.3 481,428 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 442 8.9 469,024 6.8 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 429 8.7 419,612 6.1 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 334 6.7 390,678 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 247 5.0 304,327 4.4 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 132 2.7 237,362 3.4 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 88 1.8 186,032 2.7 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 107 2.2 150,724 2.2 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 132 2.7 139,735 2.0 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 42 -- 38 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) was 42 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 12.0% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.3% of the population.

Registered marital status Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 1,301 29.8 2,758,854 49.4 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 120 2.7 170,428 3.1 529,280 3.0
Divorced 645 14.8 461,145 8.3 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 269 6.2 324,518 5.8 949,634 5.5
Never married 2,033 46.5 1,870,203 33.5 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) aged 15 years and over, 29.8% were married and 17.5% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 55 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 51 -- 49 -- 49 --
Divorced 56 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 82 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 30 -- 26 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) was 55 years and the median age of people never married was 30 years.

Social marital status Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 1,048 29.7 2,514,378 50.0 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 444 12.6 418,721 8.3 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 2,040 57.8 2,096,245 41.7 6,413,399 41.3

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 29.7% of people were in a registered marriage and 12.6% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 54 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 43 -- 36 -- 35 --
Not married 40 -- 34 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) was 54 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 43 years.

Education Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Pre-school 56 4.1 126,605 5.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 172 12.6 372,075 17.4 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 41 3.0 115,727 5.4 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 46 3.4 61,544 2.9 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 140 10.2 271,181 12.7 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 56 4.1 109,409 5.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 13 0.9 71,341 3.3 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 127 9.3 168,004 7.9 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 217 15.8 303,070 14.2 932,524 14.3
Other 60 4.4 50,619 2.4 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 442 32.3 486,539 22.8 1,511,694 23.2
Total 1,370 -- 2,136,114 -- 6,503,580 --

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) 27.6% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 18.9% were in primary school, 15.3% in secondary school and 25.3% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Ancestry, top responses Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Australia 3,521 71.0 4,747,372 68.6 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 1,201 26.7 2,363,793 36.7 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 442 9.8 433,840 6.7 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 308 6.8 294,595 4.6 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 2,555 56.7 3,342,215 51.9 10,757,087 53.7

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 56.7% of people had both parents born in Australia and 26.7% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %

Religious Affiliation Charts
Language, top responses (other than English) Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 1,061 42.1 2,007,924 60.2 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 1,086 43.1 939,465 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 153 6.1 190,944 5.7 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 218 8.7 196,525 5.9 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 2,518 -- 3,334,858 -- 10,658,460 --
 
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There were 2,518 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities). Of these 42.1% were employed full time, 43.1% were employed part-time and 8.7% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 417 18.1 326,514 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 303 13.2 304,830 9.7 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 365 15.9 308,122 9.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 311 13.5 569,665 18.2 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 749 32.6 1,438,260 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 18.1% worked 1 to 15 hours, 13.2% worked 16 to 24 hours and 32.6% worked 40 hours or more.

Median age by employment status Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 40 -- 41 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 41 -- 40 -- 40 --

The median age of people employed full-time in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) was 40 years and for people who were employed part-time was 41 years.

Occupation Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 486 -- 561 -- 577 --
Family 1,078 -- 1,477 -- 1,481 --
Household 870 -- 1,237 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) was $486.

Travel to work, top responses Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Unpaid work Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 3,092 70.8 3,839,135 68.7 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 938 21.5 1,537,775 27.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 458 10.5 638,615 11.4 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 1,040 23.8 942,085 16.9 3,090,874 17.8

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), of people aged 15 years and over, 70.8% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 21.5% provided care for children and 10.5% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 23.8% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 1,170 26.8 1,226,912 22.0 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 1,127 25.8 1,391,598 24.9 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 481 11.0 660,872 11.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 318 7.3 559,753 10.0 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 25.8% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.0% worked 15 to 29 hours and 7.3% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Couple family without children 439 42.1 669,019 36.6 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 333 32.0 831,850 45.5 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 250 24.0 297,904 16.3 901,637 15.9
Other family 20 1.9 30,780 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 32.0% were couple families with children, 42.1% were couple families without children and 24.0% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 15.4 -- 17.0 -- 17.6
Female -- 84.6 -- 83.0 -- 82.4

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities) 15.4% of single parents were male and 84.6% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Families without children 1,424 -- 2,120 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 1,684 -- 2,370 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $1,684 and those without children was $1,424.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 106 13.7 327,626 21.8 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 95 12.3 54,280 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 144 18.7 306,829 20.4 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 79 10.2 239,315 15.9 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 82 10.6 83,287 5.5 251,191 5.4
Both not working 167 21.6 308,233 20.5 899,598 19.2
Other 42 5.4 89,812 6.0 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 57 7.4 91,486 6.1 314,529 6.7

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), of couple families, 13.7% had both partners employed full-time, 12.3% had both employed part-time and 18.7% 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 1,961 73.4 2,471,299 90.3 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 710 26.6 265,338 9.7 934,470 10.7

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 73.4% of private dwellings were occupied and 26.6% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 1,182 60.3 1,717,699 69.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 526 26.8 263,926 10.7 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 131 6.7 465,189 18.8 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 110 5.6 21,140 0.9 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 60.3% were separate houses, 26.8% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 6.7% were flats, units or apartments and 5.6% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 26 1.3 18,042 0.7 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 170 8.7 137,467 5.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 422 21.5 555,253 22.5 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 881 44.9 986,995 39.9 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 397 20.2 726,049 29.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 65 3.3 47,491 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 2.8 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.2 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), of occupied private dwellings 8.7% had 1 bedroom, 21.5% had 2 bedrooms and 44.9% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 2.8. The average household size was 2.2 people.

Bedroom Charts
Tenure Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 634 32.3 820,006 33.2 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 419 21.4 824,292 33.4 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 811 41.4 743,050 30.1 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 24 1.2 20,418 0.8 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 72 3.7 63,530 2.6 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 32.3% were owned outright, 21.4% were owned with a mortgage and 41.4% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Family households 1,017 51.9 1,777,400 71.9 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 667 34.0 599,149 24.2 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 275 14.0 94,746 3.8 321,007 4.1

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), of all households, 51.9% were family households, 34.0% were single person households and 14.0% were group households.

Household income Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 32.8 -- 24.2 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 4.9 -- 12.3 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 32.8% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 4.9% 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Median rent 380 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 75.4 -- 88.4 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 24.6 -- 11.6 -- 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 1,733 -- 1,993 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 90.5 -- 89.5 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 9.5 -- 10.5 -- 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
None 190 9.7 258,153 10.4 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 878 44.8 933,953 37.8 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 593 30.2 840,655 34.0 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 202 10.3 360,074 14.6 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 98 5.0 78,462 3.2 234,292 3.0

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), 44.8% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 30.2% had two registered motor vehicles and 10.3% 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 Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 66 -- 172,620 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 34 51.5 85,080 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 32 48.5 87,540 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 31 -- 21 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), there were 66 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 34 (or 51.5%) were male and 32 (or 48.5%) were female. The median age was 31 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 3.1 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.1 -- 1.2 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 920 -- 941 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 2.6, with 1.1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $920.

Mortgage and rent Byron Bay % New South Wales % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 350 -- 200 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 0 -- 1,673 -- 1,647 --

In Byron Bay (Urban Centres and Localities), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $350 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $0.

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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