New South Wales

2006 Census All persons QuickStats
Geography type State/Territory
Area code 1
People 6,549,177
Male 3,228,451
Female 3,320,726
Median age 37
Australian citizenship 5,615,961
People born overseas 1,555,841
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 57,045
Families 1,716,220
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 2,728,719
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,036
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,517
Median weekly rent $210
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People

demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

Demographics & education

People New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Total 6,549,177 -- 19,855,288 --
Male 3,228,451 49.3 9,799,252 49.4
Female 3,320,726 50.7 10,056,036 50.6
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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 138,506 2.1 455,031 2.3

In the 2006 Census, 6,549,177 people were usually resident in New South Wales: of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Of the total population 2.1% were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Age
People
New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
0-4 years 420,434 6.4 1,260,405 6.3
5-14 years 878,483 13.4 2,676,807 13.5
15-24 years 871,714 13.3 2,704,276 13.6
25-54 years 2,753,218 42.0 8,376,751 42.2
55-64 years 719,551 11.0 2,192,675 11.0
65 years and over 905,778 13.8 2,644,374 13.3
Median age 37 -- 37 --

In the 2006 Census, 19.8% of people usually resident in New South Wales were children aged 0-14 years, and 24.8% were people aged 55 years and over. The median age was 37 years.

Selected characteristics New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Australian citizenship 5,615,961 85.8 17,095,569 86.1
People born overseas 1,555,841 23.8 4,416,037 22.2
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 57,045 0.9 206,358 1.0

In the 2006 Census, 85.8% of people usually resident in New South Wales were Australian citizens, 23.8% were born overseas and 0.9% people were overseas visitors.

Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Married 2,628,075 50.1 7,900,684 49.6
Separated or divorced 579,678 11.0 1,801,979 11.3
Widowed 323,232 6.2 936,813 5.9
Never married 1,719,273 32.7 5,278,600 33.2

In the 2006 Census, 50.1% of people aged 15 years and over usually resident in New South Wales were married, 11.0% were either separated or divorced, 6.2% were widowed and 32.7% were never married.

Cultural & language diversity

Country of birth New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Australia 4,521,152 69.0 14,072,944 70.9
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England 218,834 3.3 856,939 4.3
China 114,041 1.7 206,591 1.0
New Zealand 106,618 1.6 389,463 2.0
Viet Nam 63,786 1.0 159,850 0.8
Philippines 57,722 0.9 120,539 0.6

In the 2006 Census, 69.0% of people usually resident in New South Wales, stated they were born in Australia. Other common responses for country of birth were England 3.3%, China 1.7%, New Zealand 1.6%, Viet Nam 1.0% and Philippines 0.9%.

Religious affiliation, top responses New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Catholic 1,845,498 28.2 5,126,882 25.8
Anglican 1,424,935 21.8 3,718,248 18.7
No Religion 933,763 14.3 3,706,557 18.7
Uniting Church 299,340 4.6 1,135,422 5.7
Presbyterian and Reformed 219,139 3.3 596,668 3.0

In the 2006 Census, the most common responses for religious affiliation for people usually resident in New South Wales were Catholic 28.2%, Anglican 21.8%, No Religion 14.3%, Uniting Church 4.6% and Presbyterian and Reformed 3.3%.

Language, top responses (other than English) New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Arabic 164,985 2.5 243,662 1.2
Cantonese 129,604 2.0 244,553 1.2
Mandarin 100,594 1.5 220,601 1.1
Italian 87,297 1.3 316,890 1.6
Greek 86,159 1.3 252,220 1.3
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English only spoken at home 4,846,672 74.0 15,581,333 78.5

In the 2006 Census, the most common responses for language other than English spoken at home by people usually resident in New South Wales were Arabic 2.5%, Cantonese 2.0%, Mandarin 1.5%, Italian 1.3% and Greek 1.3%. English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 74.0%.

Employment

Employment
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 1,879,631 60.8 5,827,432 60.7
Worked part-time 842,714 27.2 2,685,193 27.9
Away from work 103,522 3.3 337,991 3.5
Hours worked not stated 83,576 2.7 253,567 2.6
Unemployed 183,157 5.9 503,804 5.2
Not in the labour force 1,801,011 -- 5,271,116 --
Total in labour force (includes employed and unemployed people) 3,092,600 -- 9,607,987 --
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During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 3,092,600 people aged 15 years and over in New South Wales were in the labour force. Of these 60.8% worked full-time, 27.2% worked part-time, 3.3% were away from work, 2.7% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 5.9% were unemployed. 1,801,011 people were not in the labour force.

Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Professionals 616,279 21.2 1,806,010 19.8
Clerical and Administrative Workers 447,952 15.4 1,365,805 15.0
Technicians and Trades Workers 396,720 13.6 1,309,258 14.4
Managers 396,460 13.6 1,202,267 13.2
Sales Workers 282,292 9.7 896,208 9.8
Labourers 277,548 9.5 952,520 10.5
Community and Personal Service Workers 249,577 8.6 801,906 8.8
Machinery Operators And Drivers 187,135 6.4 604,616 6.6

In the 2006 Census, the most common responses for occupation for New South Wales were Professionals 21.2%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 15.4%, Technicians and Trades Workers 13.6%, Managers 13.6%, Sales Workers 9.7%, Labourers 9.5%, Community and Personal Service Workers 8.6% and Machinery Operators And Drivers 6.4%.

Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
School Education 128,649 4.4 414,214 4.5
Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 104,507 3.6 328,521 3.6
Hospitals 96,650 3.3 303,923 3.3
Legal and Accounting Services 68,345 2.3 185,423 2.0
Supermarket and Grocery Stores 63,052 2.2 218,821 2.4

In the 2006 Census, of the employed people aged 15 years and over in New South Wales, the most common responses for industry of employment included School Education 4.4%, Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 3.6%, Hospitals 3.3%, Legal and Accounting Services 2.3% and Supermarket and Grocery Stores 2.2%.

Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Personal 461 -- 466 --
Family 1,181 -- 1,171 --
Household 1,036 -- 1,027 --

In the 2006 Census in New South Wales, the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $461, the median family income was $1,181 and the median household income was $1,036.

Families

family composition

Family composition

Family composition New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Couple family without children 618,583 36.0 1,943,643 37.2
Couple family with children 792,685 46.2 2,362,582 45.3
One parent family 275,799 16.1 823,254 15.8
Other family 29,153 1.7 89,686 1.7
Total families 1,716,220 -- 5,219,165 --

In the 2006 Census, there were 1,716,220 families in New South Wales: of these 36.0% were couple families without children, 46.2% were couple families with children, 16.1% were one parent families and 1.7% were other families.

Dwellings

dwelling structure | dwelling characteristics | household composition

Dwelling structure

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

Dwelling type New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Occupied private dwellings 2,470,451 -- 7,596,183 --
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 2,728,719 -- 8,426,559 --

In the 2006 Census 2,470,451 occupied private dwellings were counted in New South Wales.

Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Separate house 1,721,777 69.7 5,685,387 74.8
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 241,351 9.8 702,550 9.2
Flat, unit or apartment 470,496 19.0 1,076,315 14.2
Other dwelling 34,819 1.4 127,337 1.7
Dwelling type not stated 2,008 0.1 4,594 0.1

In the 2006 Census, of the occupied private dwellings in New South Wales, 69.7% were separate houses, 9.8% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 19.0% were flats, units or apartments and 1.4% were other dwellings.

Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Owned outright 820,540 33.2 2,478,264 32.6
Owned with a mortgage (includes being purchased under rent/buy scheme) 745,336 30.2 2,448,205 32.2
Rented (includes rent-free) 700,654 28.4 2,063,947 27.2
Other tenure type 20,070 0.8 65,715 0.9
Tenure type not stated 183,850 7.4 540,050 7.1

In the 2006 Census in New South Wales, 33.2% of occupied private dwellings were owned outright, 30.2% were owned with a mortgage and 28.4% were rented.

Landlord type
Occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation)
New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Real estate agent 396,247 56.6 1,043,198 50.5
State or Territory housing authority 109,494 15.6 306,697 14.9
Other landlord type 175,026 25.0 652,012 31.6
Landlord type not stated 19,887 2.8 62,037 3.0

In the 2006 Census in New South Wales, of the occupied private dwellings being rented, 56.6% were rented from a real estate agent, 15.6% were rented from a State or Territory housing authority and 25.0% were rented from other landlord type.

Dwelling characteristics

Dwelling characteristics New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 210 -- 190 --
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,517 -- 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 New South Wales, the median weekly rent was $210. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,517. The average people per household was 2.6 and the average number of people per bedroom was 1.1.

Household composition

Household composition
Excludes visitor only and other not classifiable households
New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Family households 1,678,502 67.9 5,122,760 67.4
Single (or lone) person households 562,626 22.8 1,740,481 22.9
Group households 87,090 3.5 280,856 3.7

In the 2006 Census in New South Wales, 67.9% of occupied private dwellings were family households, 22.8% were single (or lone) person households and 3.5% were group households.

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

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