2011 Census QuickStats

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Australia | Queensland | Statistical Area Level 4

Mackay

Code 312 (SA4)
People 166,811
Male 87,329
Female 79,482
Median age 35
Families 43,142
Average children per family 1.9
All private dwellings 71,407
Average people per household 2.7
Median weekly household income $1,572
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,013
Median weekly rent $270
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 2
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Total 166,811 -- 4,332,739 -- 21,507,717 --
Male 87,329 52.4 2,148,221 49.6 10,634,013 49.4
Female 79,482 47.6 2,184,518 50.4 10,873,704 50.6
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 6,848 4.1 155,825 3.6 548,369 2.5

In the 2011 Census, there were 166,811 people in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4) of these 52.4% were male and 47.6% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.1% of the population.

Age Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People
0-4 years 12,432 7.5 297,893 6.9 1,421,050 6.6
5-9 years 11,687 7.0 286,989 6.6 1,351,921 6.3
10-14 years 11,442 6.9 290,982 6.7 1,371,054 6.4
15-19 years 10,696 6.4 293,917 6.8 1,405,798 6.5
20-24 years 10,929 6.6 293,845 6.8 1,460,673 6.8
25-29 years 12,702 7.6 300,709 6.9 1,513,236 7.0
30-34 years 11,805 7.1 286,697 6.6 1,453,775 6.8
35-39 years 12,379 7.4 308,180 7.1 1,520,138 7.1
40-44 years 12,668 7.6 312,567 7.2 1,542,879 7.2
45-49 years 12,745 7.6 302,744 7.0 1,504,142 7.0
50-54 years 12,259 7.3 288,140 6.7 1,447,404 6.7
55-59 years 10,085 6.0 257,962 6.0 1,297,244 6.0
60-64 years 8,251 4.9 243,125 5.6 1,206,116 5.6
65-69 years 5,789 3.5 185,758 4.3 919,319 4.3
70-74 years 4,099 2.5 136,885 3.2 708,090 3.3
75-79 years 2,998 1.8 99,572 2.3 545,263 2.5
80-84 years 2,157 1.3 76,971 1.8 436,936 2.0
85 years and over 1,690 1.0 69,801 1.6 402,681 1.9
 
Median age 35 -- 36 -- 37 --

The median age of people in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4) was 35 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 21.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.0% of the population.

Registered marital status Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 65,158 49.6 1,655,245 47.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 4,278 3.3 114,427 3.3 529,280 3.0
Divorced 11,316 8.6 314,681 9.1 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 5,606 4.3 173,469 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 44,898 34.2 1,199,054 34.7 5,962,769 34.3

Of people in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4) aged 15 years and over, 49.6% were married and 11.9% were either divorced or separated.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 48 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 47 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 52 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 75 -- 77 -- 78 --
Never married 25 -- 25 -- 25 --

The median age of married people in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4) was 48 years and the median age of people never married was 25 years.

Social marital status Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 55,506 50.6 1,487,139 48.4 7,647,042 49.2
De facto marriage 14,948 13.6 342,988 11.2 1,476,369 9.5
Not married 39,231 35.8 1,239,440 40.4 6,413,399 41.3

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), of people aged 15 years and over, 50.6% of people were in a registered marriage and 13.6% were in a de facto marriage.

Median age by social marital status Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Registered marriage 48 -- 50 -- 50 --
De facto marriage 33 -- 34 -- 35 --
Not married 33 -- 33 -- 33 --

The median age of people in a registered marriage in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4) was 48 years and the median age of people in a de facto marriage was 33 years.

Education Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Pre-school 1,680 3.5 50,615 3.9 332,844 5.1
Primary - Government 11,333 23.8 258,616 20.2 1,181,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 2,902 6.1 72,713 5.7 359,062 5.5
Primary - Other Non Government 1,140 2.4 48,450 3.8 214,359 3.3
Secondary - Government 6,336 13.3 154,133 12.0 774,074 11.9
Secondary - Catholic 1,952 4.1 51,966 4.1 307,142 4.7
Secondary - Other Non Government 1,019 2.1 52,454 4.1 254,828 3.9
Technical or further education institution 2,795 5.9 79,238 6.2 473,606 7.3
University or tertiary institution 2,633 5.5 173,433 13.5 932,524 14.3
Other 759 1.6 28,841 2.2 161,660 2.5
Not Stated 15,082 31.7 311,791 24.3 1,511,694 23.2
Total 47,631 -- 1,282,250 -- 6,503,580 --

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4) 28.6% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 32.3% were in primary school, 19.5% in secondary school and 11.4% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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

Ancestry Charts
Country of birth Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Australia 133,633 80.1 3,192,114 73.7 15,017,847 69.8
 
Other top responses

Birthplace of parents, stated responses Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Both parents born overseas 24,022 15.8 1,057,879 26.3 6,876,586 34.3
Father only born overseas 8,714 5.7 282,588 7.0 1,407,270 7.0
Mother only born overseas 6,836 4.5 210,570 5.2 989,220 4.9
Both parents born in Australia 112,088 73.9 2,471,958 61.4 10,757,087 53.7

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), 73.9% of people had both parents born in Australia and 15.8% of people had both parents born overseas.

Religious affiliation, top responses Mackay % Queensland % Australia %

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

People — employment
Employment Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 59,216 67.3 1,302,955 60.0 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 19,983 22.7 611,296 28.2 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 5,678 6.4 125,025 5.8 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 3,157 3.6 131,798 6.1 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 88,034 -- 2,171,074 -- 10,658,460 --
 
View the labour force fact sheet

There were 88,034 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4). Of these 67.3% were employed full time, 22.7% were employed part-time and 3.6% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 6,939 8.2 211,872 10.4 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 5,621 6.6 179,614 8.8 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 7,427 8.8 219,806 10.8 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 12,117 14.3 369,264 18.1 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 47,101 55.5 933,696 45.8 4,558,678 45.3

Of employed people in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), 8.2% worked 1 to 15 hours, 6.6% worked 16 to 24 hours and 55.5% worked 40 hours or more.

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

The median age of people employed full-time in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4) was 40 years and for people who were employed part-time was 39 years.

Occupation Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

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

Median weekly incomes Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 709 -- 587 -- 577 --
Family 1,825 -- 1,453 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,572 -- 1,235 -- 1,234 --
 
View the income fact sheet

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4) was $709.

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

Unpaid work Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 89,863 68.5 2,474,102 71.6 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 38,802 29.6 986,298 28.5 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 11,213 8.5 353,373 10.2 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 21,881 16.7 645,543 18.7 3,090,874 17.8

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), of people aged 15 years and over, 68.5% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 29.6% provided care for children and 8.5% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 16.7% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 27,158 20.7 772,078 22.3 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 32,738 24.9 915,272 26.5 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 15,028 11.4 425,045 12.3 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 14,944 11.4 361,710 10.5 1,746,196 10.1

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), 24.9% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.4% worked 15 to 29 hours and 11.4% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition
Family composition Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Couple family without children 17,209 39.9 453,102 39.5 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 19,909 46.1 491,200 42.8 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 5,489 12.7 184,547 16.1 901,637 15.9
Other family 535 1.2 19,330 1.7 97,722 1.7

Of the families in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), 46.1% were couple families with children, 39.9% were couple families without children and 12.7% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Single (or lone) parents Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Male -- 22.1 -- 17.9 -- 17.6
Female -- 77.9 -- 82.1 -- 82.4

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4) 22.1% of single parents were male and 77.9% were female.

Families — weekly incomes
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Families without children 2,204 -- 2,011 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,511 -- 2,256 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), for couple families with two incomes, the median income for those with children was $2,511 and those without children was $2,204.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of couple families Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 9,195 24.8 216,006 22.9 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 837 2.3 34,300 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 8,076 21.8 197,353 20.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 6,281 16.9 144,966 15.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 1,167 3.1 47,188 5.0 251,191 5.4
Both not working 4,688 12.6 174,355 18.5 899,598 19.2
Other 2,592 7.0 58,603 6.2 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 4,281 11.5 71,530 7.6 314,529 6.7

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), of couple families, 24.8% had both partners employed full-time, 2.3% had both employed part-time and 21.8% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings 56,065 85.9 1,547,303 89.7 7,760,320 89.3
Unoccupied private dwellings 9,206 14.1 177,911 10.3 934,470 10.7

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), 85.9% of private dwellings were occupied and 14.1% were unoccupied.

Dwelling structure Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 46,886 83.6 1,215,302 78.5 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 2,831 5.0 129,429 8.4 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 4,712 8.4 181,717 11.7 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 1,556 2.8 19,575 1.3 66,666 0.9

Of occupied private dwellings in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), 83.6% were separate houses, 5.0% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 8.4% were flats, units or apartments and 2.8% were other dwellings.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 511 0.9 8,676 0.6 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 2,669 4.8 64,983 4.2 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 8,819 15.7 260,607 16.8 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 25,341 45.2 651,208 42.1 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 17,509 31.2 532,756 34.4 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,217 2.2 29,075 1.9 143,394 1.8
 
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.1 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.7 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), of occupied private dwellings 4.8% had 1 bedroom, 15.7% had 2 bedrooms and 45.2% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 16,059 28.6 448,615 29.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 18,627 33.2 533,870 34.5 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 19,361 34.5 513,413 33.2 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 543 1.0 14,306 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 1,476 2.6 37,100 2.4 195,213 2.5

Of occupied private dwellings in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), 28.6% were owned outright, 33.2% were owned with a mortgage and 34.5% were rented.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Family households 42,188 75.2 1,120,828 72.4 5,550,614 71.5
Single (or lone) person households 11,716 20.9 353,509 22.8 1,888,698 24.3
Group households 2,160 3.9 72,967 4.7 321,007 4.1

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), of all households, 75.2% were family households, 20.9% were single person households and 3.9% were group households.

Household income Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Less than $600 gross weekly income -- 18.7 -- 22.8 -- 23.7
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 15.6 -- 10.2 -- 11.2
 
View the income fact sheet

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), 18.7% of households had a weekly household income of less than $600 and 15.6% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Median rent 270 -- 300 -- 285 --
 
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.2 -- 88.1 -- 89.6
Households where rent payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 7.8 -- 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Median mortgage repayments 2,013 -- 1,850 -- 1,800 --
 
Households where mortgage payments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.4 -- 90.3 -- 90.1
Households where mortgage payments are 30%, or greater, of household income -- 7.6 -- 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
None 2,825 5.0 110,842 7.2 665,852 8.6
1 motor vehicle 16,577 29.6 547,575 35.4 2,778,576 35.8
2 motor vehicles 22,312 39.8 575,735 37.2 2,802,468 36.1
3 or more vehicles 12,464 22.2 267,081 17.3 1,279,134 16.5
Number of motor vehicles not stated 1,889 3.4 46,071 3.0 234,292 3.0

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), 29.6% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 39.8% had two registered motor vehicles and 22.2% 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 Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 6,848 -- 155,825 -- 548,368 --
 
Male 3,436 50.2 76,744 49.3 270,331 49.3
Female 3,412 49.8 79,081 50.7 278,037 50.7
 
Median age 20 -- 20 -- 21 --

For the 2011 Census in Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), there were 6,848 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Of these, 3,436 (or 50.2%) were male and 3,412 (or 49.8%) were female. The median age was 20 years.

Dwelling characteristics - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling characteristics Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Average number of people per household 3.3 -- 3.4 -- 3.3 --
Average number of people per bedroom 1.2 -- 1.3 -- 1.2 --
Median household income 1,415 -- 1,066 -- 991 --
 
Average number of people per bedroom includes a miscalculation. For more information see the persons per bedroom correction page.

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.3, with 1.2 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,415.

Mortgage and rent Mackay % Queensland % Australia %
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Median weekly rent 250 -- 220 -- 195 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,058 -- 1,733 -- 1,647 --

In Mackay (Statistical Area Level 4), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $250 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,058.

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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