2011 QuickStats Country of Birth

Census - all people - usual residents

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People in Australia who were born in United States of America

Code 0 (AUST) by 8104 (BPLP)
Icon of people
People 77,009
Male 38,228
Female 38,781
Australian citizen 54.0%
Not an Australian citizen 44.9%
Icon of families
Families 39,817
Couples with children 18,891
Couples without children 18,449
One parent families 2,276
Other families 201
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All private dwellings 59,285
Median monthly mortgage repayment $2,141
Median weekly rent paid $381
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Total 77,009 -- 5,294,150 -- 15,017,846 -- 21,507,719 --
Male 38,228 49.6 2,593,757 49.0 7,412,598 49.4 10,634,013 49.4
Female 38,781 50.4 2,700,393 51.0 7,605,248 50.6 10,873,706 50.6

In the 2011 Census, there were 77,009 people in Australia who were born in United States of America. Of these 49.6% were male and 50.4% were female.

Age Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People
0-14 years 11,842 15.4 321,002 6.1 3,640,297 24.2 4,144,025 19.3
15-24 years 8,958 11.6 509,371 9.6 2,205,772 14.7 2,866,475 13.3
25-34 years 13,087 17.0 877,998 16.6 1,912,001 12.7 2,967,018 13.8
35-44 years 12,811 16.6 869,316 16.4 2,028,894 13.5 3,063,014 14.2
45-54 years 12,635 16.4 911,673 17.2 1,878,549 12.5 2,951,545 13.7
55-64 years 10,914 14.2 800,149 15.1 1,565,325 10.4 2,503,360 11.6
65 years and over 6,762 8.8 1,004,641 19.0 1,787,005 11.9 3,012,282 14.0
 
Median age 38 -- 45 -- 33 -- 37 --

Of the population born in United States of America who usually live in Australia, 15.4% were aged 0 - 14 years and 8.8% were aged 65 years and over. The median age of people in Australia who were born in United States of America was 38 years.

Registered marital status Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 36,060 55.3 2,928,440 58.9 5,108,631 44.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 1,798 2.8 153,431 3.1 338,561 3.0 529,281 3.0
Divorced 6,405 9.8 408,625 8.2 950,506 8.4 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 1,517 2.3 302,440 6.1 566,038 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 19,390 29.8 1,180,210 23.7 4,413,812 38.8 5,962,768 34.3

Of people in Australia aged 15 years and over who were born in United States of America, 55.3% were married, 2.8% were separated, and 9.8% were divorced.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 47 -- 50 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 49 -- 50 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 54 -- 55 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 71 -- 77 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 26 -- 27 -- 25 -- 25 --

Of people who usually live in Australia and who were born in United States of America the median age of married people was 47 years. Of people never married, the median age was 26 years.

Education Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Pre-school 1,027 1.3 21,003 0.4 309,313 2.1 332,843 1.5
Primary 6,604 8.6 167,232 3.2 1,575,657 10.5 1,755,208 8.2
Secondary 4,241 5.5 175,726 3.3 1,149,930 7.7 1,336,043 6.2
University or tertiary institution 5,877 7.6 310,820 5.9 615,500 4.1 932,526 4.3
Technical or further education 1,422 1.8 144,143 2.7 324,322 2.2 473,608 2.2
Other 812 1.1 67,731 1.3 92,172 0.6 161,660 0.8
Institution attended, type not stated 1,284 1.7 164,034 3.1 456,866 3.0 1,511,692 7.0
Not attending an educational institution 55,742 72.4 4,243,461 80.2 10,494,086 69.9 15,004,139 69.8
Total 77,009 -- 5,294,150 -- 15,017,846 -- 21,507,719 --

Of the population born in United States of America who usually live in Australia, 27.6% were attending an educational institution. There were 8.6% in primary school, 5.5% in secondary school and 9.5% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Year of arrival Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Before 1941 125 0.2 16,681 0.3 -- -- -- --
1941 - 1950 485 0.6 106,647 2.0 -- -- -- --
1951 - 1960 1,146 1.5 375,076 7.1 -- -- -- --
1961 - 1970 5,250 6.8 642,355 12.1 -- -- -- --
1971 - 1980 9,498 12.3 571,828 10.8 -- -- -- --
1981 - 1990 9,566 12.4 782,926 14.8 -- -- -- --
1991 - 2000 13,068 17.0 786,777 14.9 -- -- -- --
2001 - 2005 11,100 14.4 581,597 11.0 -- -- -- --
2006 - 2011 23,644 30.7 1,190,322 22.5 -- -- -- --
Born in Australia -- -- -- -- 15,017,842 -- -- --

In Australia of people who were born in United States of America, 30.7% arrived in Australia from 2006 - 2011 and 14.4% from 2001 - 2005.

Citizenship Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Australian citizen 41,574 54.0 3,308,898 62.5 14,717,058 98.0 18,261,807 84.9
Not an Australian citizen 34,551 44.9 1,886,266 35.6 61,629 0.4 1,959,288 9.1

In Australia of people who were born in United States of America, 54.0% were Australian citizens.

Birthplace of spouse or partner Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Spouse or partner born overseas 15,864 39.3 2,166,392 70.8 815,212 13.9 3,000,633 33.4
Spouse or partner born in Australia 23,224 57.5 815,212 26.6 4,893,731 83.3 5,724,579 63.8

In Australia of people who were born in United States of America and had a spouse or partner, 39.3% had a spouse or partner who was born overseas and 57.5% had a spouse or partner born in Australia.

Religious affiliation, top responses Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Results may include 'nfd' for 'not further defined'

Religious Affiliation Charts
English language proficiency Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Speaks English only 70,497 91.5 2,475,678 46.8 13,801,996 91.9 16,509,291 76.8
 
Speaks other language and speaks English:
Very well or well 5,935 7.7 2,251,010 42.5 965,711 6.4 3,272,390 15.2
Not well or not at all 330 0.4 513,582 9.7 127,514 0.8 655,380 3.0

In Australia of people who were born in United States of America, 91.5% spoke English only at home. A further 7.7% spoke another language but also spoke English very well or well.

People — employment
Employment Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 28,316 61.5 1,815,912 60.9 4,481,393 59.4 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 12,575 27.3 810,164 27.2 2,217,300 29.4 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 2,263 4.9 163,025 5.5 452,103 6.0 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 2,868 6.2 192,530 6.5 398,931 5.3 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 46,022 -- 2,981,631 -- 7,549,727 -- 10,658,460 --
 
People aged 15 years and over
Not in the labour force 18,767 28.8 1,908,619 38.4 3,687,284 32.4 5,729,306 33.0
 
View the labour force fact sheet

In Australia of people who were born in United States of America and who were in the labour force, 61.5% worked full-time, 27.3% worked part-time and 6.2% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 4,655 10.8 253,078 9.1 823,237 11.5 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 3,818 8.8 277,755 10.0 658,858 9.2 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 4,104 9.5 279,329 10.0 735,206 10.3 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 5,998 13.9 569,314 20.4 1,218,448 17.0 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 22,317 51.7 1,246,601 44.7 3,262,942 45.6 4,558,678 45.3

In Australia of people who were born in United States of America and who were employed, 51.7% worked 40 hours or more per week and 13.9% worked 35-39 hours per week.

Median age by employment status Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 42 -- 43 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 41 -- 42 -- 39 -- 40 --

In Australia of people who were born in United States of America the median age for those who were employed full-time was 42, while the median age for those employed part-time was 41.

Occupation, top responses Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly income Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 776 -- 538 -- 597 -- 577 --
Family 2,101 -- 1,485 -- 1,492 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,996 -- 1,245 -- 1,194 -- 1,234 --
Family and Household are determined for the selected country of birth, 'All overseas born' and 'Australian born' by the Reference Person and/or their spouse/partner's response to country of birth. See explanatory notes for more information.
 
View the income fact sheet

In Australia of people who were born in United States of America, the personal weekly median income was $776. Family median weekly income was $2,101 and Household median weekly income was $1,996.

Travel to work Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Car 23,147 53.6 1,731,504 62.1 4,810,606 67.3 6,620,838 65.8
Bus or train 5,314 12.3 350,975 12.6 414,430 5.8 772,912 7.7
Other 7,129 16.5 332,981 11.9 701,390 9.8 1,045,825 10.4

In Australia 53.6% of employed people who were born in United States of America, travelled to work on census day by car, while 12.3% travelled by bus or train.

Unpaid work Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 54,642 83.8 3,415,647 68.7 8,587,763 75.5 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 20,338 31.2 1,373,956 27.6 3,396,260 29.9 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 5,916 9.1 512,280 10.3 1,353,534 11.9 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 20,400 31.3 735,396 14.8 2,321,102 20.4 3,090,874 17.8

In Australia 83.8% of people who were born in United States of America did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, and 31.2% cared for a child or children in the two weeks before the census.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 17,793 27.3 1,045,756 21.0 2,795,136 24.6 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 21,897 33.6 1,281,818 25.8 3,111,380 27.3 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 8,865 13.6 596,319 12.0 1,452,979 12.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 6,086 9.3 491,752 9.9 1,228,268 10.8 1,746,196 10.1

In Australia of people who were born in United States of America and who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, 33.6% worked 5 to 14 hours, 13.6% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.3% worked 30 hours or more.

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

Families — family composition

For important information on how migrant families are classified, please see the explanatory notes

Family composition Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Couple family without children 18,449 46.3 909,186 39.9 1,204,689 36.4 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 18,891 47.4 1,086,957 47.7 1,421,441 42.9 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 2,276 5.7 253,606 11.1 623,185 18.8 901,637 15.9
Other family 201 0.5 30,804 1.4 64,275 1.9 97,722 1.7
 
Families with a child under 5 7,707 19.4 368,079 16.1 629,491 19.0 997,568 17.6
Families with a child aged 0-15 years 16,118 40.5 847,725 37.2 1,401,334 42.3 2,249,060 39.6

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person was born in United States of America and also include households where the reference person was born in Australia, or did not state their country of birth, but had a partner or spouse who was born in United States of America. Of these families, 47.4% were couple families with children, 46.3% were couple families without children and 5.7% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Families — weekly income
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Families without children 2,386 -- 2,104 -- 2,072 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,698 -- 2,360 -- 2,283 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person was born in United States of America and also include households where the reference person was born in Australia, or did not state their country of birth, but had a partner or spouse who was born in United States of America. Of these families, the median weekly income for families without children was $2,386 and for families with children the median weekly income was $2,698.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of parents in couple families Born in United States of America % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 9,283 24.9 424,216 21.3 583,765 22.2 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 1,611 4.3 78,786 3.9 94,329 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 8,212 22.0 366,187 18.3 628,451 23.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 8,122 21.8 351,617 17.6 378,600 14.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 2,158 5.8 123,282 6.2 125,270 4.8 251,191 5.4
Both not working 4,189 11.2 428,908 21.5 451,465 17.2 899,598 19.2
Other 2,267 6.1 114,131 5.7 173,546 6.6 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 1,499 4.0 109,016 5.5 190,703 7.3 314,529 6.7

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person was born in United States of America and also include households where the reference person was born in Australia, or did not state their country of birth, but had a partner or spouse who was born in United States of America. Of these families, 24.9% of families had both parents working full-time, 22.0% of families had one parent working full-time and one parent working part-time, and 11.2% of families stated that both parents were not working.

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure | mortgage & rent | household composition

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

For important information on how migrant households are classified, please see the explanatory notes

Dwelling structure People born in United States of America % All birthplace responses % Total %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 41,536 70.1 5,773,803 75.7 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 6,920 11.7 749,880 9.8 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 10,435 17.6 1,033,848 13.6 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 343 0.6 63,820 0.8 66,666 0.9

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in United States of America, 70.1% were a separate house, 17.6% were a flat, unit or apartment, and 11.7% were a semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms People born in United States of America % All birthplace responses % Total %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 281 0.5 40,817 0.5 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 3,051 5.1 353,399 4.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 12,098 20.4 1,452,173 19.0 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 22,392 37.8 3,331,683 43.7 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 21,013 35.4 2,332,594 30.6 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 450 0.8 117,401 1.5 143,394 1.8

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in United States of America, 20.4% had two bedrooms, 37.8% had three bedrooms and 35.4% had four or more bedrooms.

Bedroom Charts
Dwellings — mortgage & rent
Mortgage and rent People born in United States of America % All birthplace responses % Total %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 13,656 23.0 2,440,739 32.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 21,482 36.2 2,691,967 35.3 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 23,213 39.2 2,265,310 29.7 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 343 0.6 68,118 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 591 1.0 161,933 2.1 195,213 2.5
 
Median monthly mortgage repayment 2,141 -- 1,800 -- 1,800 --
Median weekly rent paid 381 -- 286 -- 285 --

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in United States of America, 23.0% were owned outright, 36.2% were owned with a mortgage and 39.2% were rented. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,141 and the median weekly rent paid was $381.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition People born in United States of America % All birthplace responses % Total %
One family households 46,798 80.1 5,365,562 70.3 5,422,469 69.9
Multiple family households 1,268 2.2 127,500 1.7 128,147 1.7
Single (or lone) person households 6,846 11.7 1,818,070 23.8 1,888,697 24.3
Group households 3,524 6.0 316,935 4.2 321,006 4.1

All occupants of a private dwelling complete one census form and are counted as a household. 'People born in United States of America' includes households in Australia where at least one person was born in United States of America. Of those households, 80.1% were one family households and 11.7% were lone person households.

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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