2006 Census QuickStats

All people - usual residents

Australia | Victoria | Statistical Divisions

Melbourne

Code 205 (SD)
People 3,592,591
Male 1,760,908
Female 1,831,683
Median age 36
Australian citizenship 3,034,744
People born overseas 1,038,431
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 29,602
Families 938,488
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 1,471,155
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,079
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,300
Median weekly rent $200
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People — demographics
People Melbourne % Australia %
Total 3,592,591 -- 19,855,288 --
Male 1,760,908 49.0 9,799,252 49.4
Female 1,831,683 51.0 10,056,036 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 14,127 0.4 455,031 2.3

In the 2006 Census, 3,592,591 people were usually resident in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions): of these 49.0% were male and 51.0% were female. Of the total population 0.4% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Age Melbourne % Australia %
People
0-4 years 224,705 6.3 1,260,405 6.3
5-14 years 452,483 12.6 2,676,807 13.5
15-24 years 506,860 14.1 2,704,276 13.6
25-54 years 1,575,394 43.9 8,376,751 42.2
55-64 years 371,634 10.3 2,192,675 11.0
65 years and over 461,515 12.8 2,644,374 13.3
 
Median age 36 -- 37 --

In the 2006 Census, 18.8% of people usually resident in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions) were children aged 0-14 years, and 23.2% were people aged 55 years and over. The median age was 36 years.

Selected characteristics Melbourne % Australia %
Australian citizenship 3,034,744 84.5 17,095,569 86.1
People born overseas 1,038,431 28.9 4,416,037 22.2
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 29,602 0.8 206,358 1.0

In the 2006 Census, 84.5% of people usually resident in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions) were Australian citizens, 28.9% were born overseas and 0.8% people were overseas visitors.

Registered marital status Melbourne % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 1,436,768 49.3 7,900,684 49.6
Separated or divorced 298,260 10.2 1,801,979 11.3
Widowed 164,684 5.6 936,813 5.9
Never married 1,015,687 34.8 5,278,600 33.2

In the 2006 Census, 49.3% of people aged 15 years and over usually resident in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions) were married, 10.2% were either separated or divorced, 5.6% were widowed and 34.8% were never married.

People — cultural & language diversity
Country of birth Melbourne % Australia %
Australia 2,306,099 64.2 14,072,944 70.9
 
Other top responses

Religious affiliation, top responses Melbourne % Australia %

Language, top responses (other than English) Melbourne % Australia %

People — employment
Employment Melbourne % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 1,086,634 61.0 5,827,432 60.7
Worked part-time 494,144 27.7 2,685,193 27.9
Away from work 57,624 3.2 337,991 3.5
Hours worked not stated 47,560 2.7 253,567 2.6
Unemployed 94,821 5.3 503,804 5.2
Not in the labour force 944,693 -- 5,271,116 --
Total labour force (includes employed and unemployed people) 1,780,783 -- 9,607,987 --
 
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During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 1,780,783 people aged 15 years and over in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions) were in the labour force. Of these 61.0% worked full-time, 27.7% worked part-time, 3.2% were away from work, 2.7% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 5.3% were unemployed. 944,693 people were not in the labour force.

Occupation Melbourne % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Industry of employment, top responses Melbourne % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly incomes Melbourne % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 481 -- 466 --
Family 1,242 -- 1,171 --
Household 1,079 -- 1,027 --

In the 2006 Census in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions), the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $481, the median family income was $1,242 and the median household income was $1,079.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition

Families — family composition
Family composition Melbourne % Australia %
Couple family without children 319,994 34.1 1,943,643 37.2
Couple family with children 454,593 48.4 2,362,582 45.3
One parent family 144,361 15.4 823,254 15.8
Other family 19,540 2.1 89,686 1.7
Total families 938,488 -- 5,219,165 --

In the 2006 Census, there were 938,488 families in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions): of these 34.1% were couple families without children, 48.4% were couple families with children, 15.4% were one parent families and 2.1% were other families.

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includes dwelling structure | dwelling characteristics | household composition

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwellings include visitor only and other not-classifiable households unless otherwise stated

Dwelling type Melbourne % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 1,351,532 -- 7,596,183 --
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 1,471,155 -- 8,426,559 --

In the 2006 Census 1,351,532 occupied private dwellings were counted in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions).

Dwelling structure Melbourne % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 971,782 71.9 5,685,387 74.8
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 154,163 11.4 702,550 9.2
Flat, unit or apartment 217,836 16.1 1,076,315 14.2
Other dwelling 7,459 0.6 127,337 1.7
Dwelling type not stated 292 0.0 4,594 0.1

In the 2006 Census, of the occupied private dwellings in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions), 71.9% were separate houses, 11.4% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 16.1% were flats, units or apartments and 0.6% were other dwellings.

Tenure Melbourne % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 447,757 33.1 2,478,264 32.6
Owned with a mortgage (includes being purchased under rent/buy scheme) 467,120 34.6 2,448,205 32.2
Rented (includes rent-free) 330,838 24.5 2,063,947 27.2
Other tenure type 8,368 0.6 65,715 0.9
Tenure type not stated 97,448 7.2 540,050 7.1

In the 2006 Census in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions), 33.1% of occupied private dwellings were owned outright, 34.6% were owned with a mortgage and 24.5% were rented.

Landlord type Melbourne % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation)
Real estate agent 204,296 61.8 1,043,198 50.5
State or Territory housing authority 36,349 11.0 306,697 14.9
Other landlord type 82,231 24.9 652,012 31.6
Landlord type not stated 7,963 2.4 62,037 3.0

In the 2006 Census in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions), of the occupied private dwellings being rented, 61.8% were rented from a real estate agent, 11.0% were rented from a State or Territory housing authority and 24.9% were rented from other landlord type.

Dwellings — dwelling characteristics
Dwelling characteristics Melbourne % Australia %
Median weekly rent 200 -- 190 --
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,300 -- 1,300 --
Average people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.1 -- 1.1 --

In the 2006 Census in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions), the median weekly rent was $200. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,300. The average people per household was 2.6 and the average number of people per bedroom was 1.1.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Melbourne % Australia %
Excludes visitor only and other not classifiable households
Family households 920,915 68.1 5,122,760 67.4
Single (or lone) person households 305,138 22.6 1,740,481 22.9
Group households 57,248 4.2 280,856 3.7

In the 2006 Census in Melbourne (Statistical Divisions), 68.1% of occupied private dwellings were family households, 22.6% were single (or lone) person households and 4.2% were group households.

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 25/10/2007

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. 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. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

Census Data Quality.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It contains data from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2006. 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 2006 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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