Townsville (QLD)

2006 Census All persons QuickStats
Geography type Statistical District
Area code 3057
People 143,328
Male 71,831
Female 71,497
Median age 32
Australian citizenship 126,618
People born overseas 16,688
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 1,788
Families 36,741
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 57,654
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,101
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,213
Median weekly rent $185
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People

demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

Demographics & education

People Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Total 143,328 -- 19,855,288 --
Male 71,831 50.1 9,799,252 49.4
Female 71,497 49.9 10,056,036 50.6
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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 8,224 5.7 455,031 2.3

In the 2006 Census, 143,328 people were usually resident in Townsville (QLD): of these 50.1% were male and 49.9% were female. Of the total population 5.7% were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Age
People
Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
0-4 years 10,128 7.1 1,260,405 6.3
5-14 years 20,951 14.6 2,676,807 13.5
15-24 years 24,047 16.8 2,704,276 13.6
25-54 years 61,715 43.1 8,376,751 42.2
55-64 years 13,144 9.2 2,192,675 11.0
65 years and over 13,344 9.3 2,644,374 13.3
Median age 32 -- 37 --

In the 2006 Census, 21.7% of people usually resident in Townsville (QLD) were children aged 0-14 years, and 18.5% were people aged 55 years and over. The median age was 32 years.

Selected characteristics Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Australian citizenship 126,618 88.3 17,095,569 86.1
People born overseas 16,688 11.6 4,416,037 22.2
Overseas visitors (excluded from people counts) 1,788 1.2 206,358 1.0

In the 2006 Census, 88.3% of people usually resident in Townsville (QLD) were Australian citizens, 11.6% were born overseas and 1.2% people were overseas visitors.

Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Married 50,186 44.7 7,900,684 49.6
Separated or divorced 13,516 12.0 1,801,979 11.3
Widowed 5,037 4.5 936,813 5.9
Never married 43,513 38.8 5,278,600 33.2

In the 2006 Census, 44.7% of people aged 15 years and over usually resident in Townsville (QLD) were married, 12.0% were either separated or divorced, 4.5% were widowed and 38.8% were never married.

Cultural & language diversity

Country of birth Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Australia 116,890 81.6 14,072,944 70.9
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England 4,007 2.8 856,939 4.3
New Zealand 3,177 2.2 389,463 2.0
Papua New Guinea 683 0.5 24,025 0.1
Philippines 644 0.4 120,539 0.6
Scotland 610 0.4 130,204 0.7

In the 2006 Census, 81.6% of people usually resident in Townsville (QLD), stated they were born in Australia. Other common responses for country of birth were England 2.8%, New Zealand 2.2%, Papua New Guinea 0.5%, Philippines 0.4% and Scotland 0.4%.

Religious affiliation, top responses Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Catholic 39,982 27.9 5,126,882 25.8
No Religion 28,109 19.6 3,706,557 18.7
Anglican 27,627 19.3 3,718,248 18.7
Uniting Church 10,436 7.3 1,135,422 5.7
Presbyterian and Reformed 5,485 3.8 596,668 3.0

In the 2006 Census, the most common responses for religious affiliation for people usually resident in Townsville (QLD) were Catholic 27.9%, No Religion 19.6%, Anglican 19.3%, Uniting Church 7.3% and Presbyterian and Reformed 3.8%.

Language, top responses (other than English) Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Italian 838 0.6 316,890 1.6
Greek 381 0.3 252,220 1.3
German 378 0.3 75,636 0.4
Spanish 309 0.2 97,999 0.5
Cantonese 271 0.2 244,553 1.2
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English only spoken at home 127,708 89.1 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 Townsville (QLD) were Italian 0.6%, Greek 0.3%, German 0.3%, Spanish 0.2% and Cantonese 0.2%. English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 89.1%.

Employment

Employment
People aged 15 years and over
Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 47,436 64.1 5,827,432 60.7
Worked part-time 18,412 24.9 2,685,193 27.9
Away from work 3,018 4.1 337,991 3.5
Hours worked not stated 1,890 2.6 253,567 2.6
Unemployed 3,296 4.5 503,804 5.2
Not in the labour force 30,702 -- 5,271,116 --
Total in labour force (includes employed and unemployed people) 74,052 -- 9,607,987 --
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During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 74,052 people aged 15 years and over in Townsville (QLD) were in the labour force. Of these 64.1% worked full-time, 24.9% worked part-time, 4.1% were away from work, 2.6% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 4.5% were unemployed. 30,702 people were not in the labour force.

Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Technicians and Trades Workers 11,862 16.8 1,309,258 14.4
Professionals 11,674 16.5 1,806,010 19.8
Clerical and Administrative Workers 10,457 14.8 1,365,805 15.0
Community and Personal Service Workers 8,481 12.0 801,906 8.8
Labourers 7,578 10.7 952,520 10.5
Sales Workers 7,081 10.0 896,208 9.8
Managers 6,922 9.8 1,202,267 13.2
Machinery Operators And Drivers 5,489 7.8 604,616 6.6

In the 2006 Census, the most common responses for occupation for Townsville (QLD) were Technicians and Trades Workers 16.8%, Professionals 16.5%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 14.8%, Community and Personal Service Workers 12.0%, Labourers 10.7%, Sales Workers 10.0%, Managers 9.8% and Machinery Operators And Drivers 7.8%.

Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Defence 4,347 6.1 66,810 0.7
School Education 3,424 4.8 414,214 4.5
Hospitals 2,814 4.0 303,923 3.3
Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 2,810 4.0 328,521 3.6
Supermarket and Grocery Stores 1,874 2.6 218,821 2.4

In the 2006 Census, of the employed people aged 15 years and over in Townsville (QLD), the most common responses for industry of employment included Defence 6.1%, School Education 4.8%, Hospitals 4.0%, Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 4.0% and Supermarket and Grocery Stores 2.6%.

Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Personal 533 -- 466 --
Family 1,241 -- 1,171 --
Household 1,101 -- 1,027 --

In the 2006 Census in Townsville (QLD), the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over who were usual residents was $533, the median family income was $1,241 and the median household income was $1,101.

Families

family composition

Family composition

Family composition Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Couple family without children 13,477 36.7 1,943,643 37.2
Couple family with children 16,298 44.4 2,362,582 45.3
One parent family 6,283 17.1 823,254 15.8
Other family 683 1.9 89,686 1.7
Total families 36,741 -- 5,219,165 --

In the 2006 Census, there were 36,741 families in Townsville (QLD): of these 36.7% were couple families without children, 44.4% were couple families with children, 17.1% were one parent families and 1.9% 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 Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Occupied private dwellings 53,225 -- 7,596,183 --
All private dwellings (including unoccupied) 57,654 -- 8,426,559 --

In the 2006 Census 53,225 occupied private dwellings were counted in Townsville (QLD).

Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Separate house 41,595 78.1 5,685,387 74.8
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 2,523 4.7 702,550 9.2
Flat, unit or apartment 8,059 15.1 1,076,315 14.2
Other dwelling 1,039 2.0 127,337 1.7
Dwelling type not stated 9 0.0 4,594 0.1

In the 2006 Census, of the occupied private dwellings in Townsville (QLD), 78.1% were separate houses, 4.7% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 15.1% were flats, units or apartments and 2.0% were other dwellings.

Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Owned outright 12,640 23.7 2,478,264 32.6
Owned with a mortgage (includes being purchased under rent/buy scheme) 17,814 33.5 2,448,205 32.2
Rented (includes rent-free) 18,597 34.9 2,063,947 27.2
Other tenure type 419 0.8 65,715 0.9
Tenure type not stated 3,752 7.0 540,050 7.1

In the 2006 Census in Townsville (QLD), 23.7% of occupied private dwellings were owned outright, 33.5% were owned with a mortgage and 34.9% were rented.

Landlord type
Occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation)
Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Real estate agent 10,109 54.4 1,043,198 50.5
State or Territory housing authority 2,743 14.7 306,697 14.9
Other landlord type 5,402 29.0 652,012 31.6
Landlord type not stated 344 1.8 62,037 3.0

In the 2006 Census in Townsville (QLD), of the occupied private dwellings being rented, 54.4% were rented from a real estate agent, 14.7% were rented from a State or Territory housing authority and 29.0% were rented from other landlord type.

Dwelling characteristics

Dwelling characteristics Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 185 -- 190 --
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,213 -- 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 Townsville (QLD), the median weekly rent was $185. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,213. 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
Townsville (QLD) % Townsville (QLD) Australia % Australia
Family households 36,068 67.8 5,122,760 67.4
Single (or lone) person households 10,700 20.1 1,740,481 22.9
Group households 2,728 5.1 280,856 3.7

In the 2006 Census in Townsville (QLD), 67.8% of occupied private dwellings were family households, 20.1% were single (or lone) person households and 5.1% 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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