New South Wales

2016 Census All persons QuickStats
Geography type State/Territory
Area code 1
People 7,480,228
Male 49.3%
Female 50.7%
Median age 38
Families 1,940,226
Average children per family
for families with children 1.9
for all households (a) 0.8
All private dwellings 3,059,599
Average people per household 2.6
Median weekly household income $1,486
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,986
Median weekly rent $380
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.7

(a) This label has been updated to more accurately reflect the Census concept shown in this data item. The data has not changed.

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People

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Demographics & education

People tables are based on a person's place of usual residence on Census night

People
Persons count based on place of usual residence on Census night
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Male 3,686,014 49.3 3,408,880 49.3 11,546,638 49.3
Female 3,794,217 50.7 3,508,782 50.7 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 216,176 2.9 172,625 2.5 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 7,480,228 people in New South Wales. Of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.9% of the population.

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Age New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Median age 38 -- 38 -- 38 --
0-4 years 465,135 6.2 458,736 6.6 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 478,184 6.4 434,607 6.3 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 443,009 5.9 439,168 6.3 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 448,425 6.0 443,415 6.4 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 489,673 6.5 449,684 6.5 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 527,161 7.0 473,160 6.8 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 540,360 7.2 468,335 6.8 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 499,724 6.7 488,123 7.1 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 503,169 6.7 483,503 7.0 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 492,440 6.6 481,427 7.0 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 485,546 6.5 469,022 6.8 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 469,726 6.3 419,611 6.1 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 420,044 5.6 390,678 5.6 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 384,470 5.1 304,325 4.4 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 292,556 3.9 237,361 3.4 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 217,308 2.9 186,031 2.7 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 155,806 2.1 150,723 2.2 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 167,506 2.2 139,732 2.0 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in New South Wales was 38 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.5% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.3% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Married 2,965,280 48.7 2,758,854 49.4 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 190,198 3.1 170,426 3.1 608,059 3.2
Divorced 512,298 8.4 461,146 8.3 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 331,653 5.4 324,519 5.8 985,204 5.2
Never married 2,094,460 34.4 1,870,203 33.5 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in New South Wales aged 15 years and over, 48.7% were married and 11.5% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Registered marriage 2,612,630 48.3 2,514,379 50.0 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 506,133 9.4 418,727 8.3 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 2,290,887 42.3 2,096,246 41.7 7,024,973 41.9

In New South Wales, of people aged 15 years and over, 48.3% of people were in a registered marriage and 9.4% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Preschool 132,047 5.7 126,603 5.9 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 417,465 18.0 372,074 17.4 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 122,099 5.3 115,728 5.4 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 67,611 2.9 61,544 2.9 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 269,249 11.6 271,181 12.7 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 117,689 5.1 109,410 5.1 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 79,915 3.4 71,343 3.3 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 144,103 6.2 168,003 7.9 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 376,133 16.2 303,070 14.2 1,160,626 16.1
Other 63,673 2.7 50,615 2.4 198,383 2.8
Not stated 535,266 23.0 486,541 22.8 1,707,023 23.7

In New South Wales 31.1% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 26.1% were in primary school, 20.1% in secondary school and 22.4% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Bachelor Degree level and above 1,424,716 23.4 -- -- 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 543,142 8.9 -- -- 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 167,947 2.8 -- -- 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 730,498 12.0 -- -- 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 930,654 15.3 -- -- 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 203,574 3.3 -- -- 941,531 4.9
Year 10 702,178 11.5 -- -- 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 4,849 0.1 -- -- 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 625 0.0 -- -- 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 513,209 8.4 -- -- 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 54,870 0.9 -- -- 145,844 0.8
Not stated 627,465 10.3 -- -- 1,974,794 10.4

2011 benchmarks are not available for this data item.

Of people aged 15 and over in New South Wales, 15.3% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 14.8% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 8.9% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Ancestry, top responses New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
English 2,302,481 23.3 2,151,788 24.2 7,852,224 25.0
Australian 2,261,062 22.9 2,217,158 25.0 7,298,243 23.3
Irish 741,671 7.5 661,208 7.4 2,388,058 7.6
Scottish 587,052 5.9 528,510 6.0 2,023,470 6.4
Chinese 514,594 5.2 378,465 4.3 1,213,903 3.9

The most common ancestries in New South Wales were English 23.3%, Australian 22.9%, Irish 7.5%, Scottish 5.9% and Chinese 5.2%.

Respondents had the option of reporting up to two ancestries on their Census form, and this is captured by the Ancestry Multi Response (ANCP) variable used in this table. Therefore, the total responses count will not equal the persons count for this area. Calculated percentages represent a proportion of all responses from people in New South Wales (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Australia 4,899,090 65.5 4,747,374 68.6 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses:  null  null  null  null  null  null
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 234,508 3.1 156,034 2.3 509,555 2.2
England 226,564 3.0 227,521 3.3 907,570 3.9
India 143,459 1.9 95,387 1.4 455,389 1.9
New Zealand 117,136 1.6 114,230 1.7 518,466 2.2
Philippines 86,749 1.2 70,388 1.0 232,386 1.0

In New South Wales, 65.5% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 3.1%, England 3.0%, India 1.9%, New Zealand 1.6% and Philippines 1.2%.

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Both parents born overseas 2,764,170 37.0 2,363,794 34.2 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 458,394 6.1 433,841 6.3 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 325,182 4.3 294,593 4.3 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 3,399,725 45.4 3,342,214 48.3 11,070,538 47.3

In New South Wales, 45.4% of people had both parents born in Australia and 37.0% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Australia 3,745,787 50.1 -- -- 12,231,150 52.3
England 359,370 4.8 -- -- 1,403,096 6.0
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 332,465 4.4 -- -- 704,658 3.0
India 195,217 2.6 -- -- 616,939 2.6
Lebanon 143,993 1.9 -- -- 196,333 0.8

2011 comparison data is not available for this table. For the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses, only whether a person's father was born in Australia or overseas was collected. In 2016, this question expanded to collect the actual country of birth of a person's father.

In New South Wales, the most common countries of birth for male parents were Australia 50.1%, England 4.8%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 4.4%, India 2.6% and Lebanon 1.9%.

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Australia 3,884,762 51.9 -- -- 12,643,365 54.0
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 329,967 4.4 -- -- 699,074 3.0
England 322,472 4.3 -- -- 1,302,147 5.6
India 191,594 2.6 -- -- 605,777 2.6
New Zealand 139,899 1.9 -- -- 608,329 2.6

2011 comparison data is not available for this table. For the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses, only whether a person's mother was born in Australia or overseas was collected. In 2016, this question expanded to collect the actual country of birth of a person's mother.

In New South Wales, the most common countries of birth for female parents were Australia 51.9%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 4.4%, England 4.3%, India 2.6% and New Zealand 1.9%.

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Religious affiliation, top responses New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
No Religion, so described 1,879,562 25.1 1,211,005 17.5 6,933,708 29.6
Catholic 1,846,443 24.7 1,902,393 27.5 5,291,834 22.6
Anglican 1,161,810 15.5 1,378,387 19.9 3,101,185 13.3
Not stated 684,969 9.2 570,812 8.3 2,238,735 9.6
Islam 267,659 3.6 219,378 3.2 604,240 2.6

The most common responses for religion in New South Wales were No Religion, so described 25.1%, Catholic 24.7%, Anglican 15.5%, Not stated 9.2% and Islam 3.6%. In New South Wales, Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (60.7%) (this figure excludes not stated responses).

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Language, top responses (other than English) New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Mandarin 239,945 3.2 139,822 2.0 596,711 2.5
Arabic 200,825 2.7 184,253 2.7 321,728 1.4
Cantonese 143,333 1.9 136,373 2.0 280,943 1.2
Vietnamese 102,896 1.4 87,499 1.3 277,400 1.2
Greek 81,683 1.1 86,602 1.3 237,588 1.0
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English only spoken at home 5,126,633 68.5 5,013,345 72.5 17,020,417 72.7
Households where a non English language is spoken 735,563 26.5 608,527 24.6 1,971,011 22.2

In New South Wales 68.5% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 3.2%, Arabic 2.7%, Cantonese 1.9%, Vietnamese 1.4% and Greek 1.1%.

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Employment

Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 2,134,521 59.2 2,007,927 60.2 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 1,071,151 29.7 939,466 28.2 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 174,654 4.8 190,944 5.7 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 225,546 6.3 196,527 5.9 787,452 6.9

There were 3,605,872 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in New South Wales. Of these 59.2% were employed full time, 29.7% were employed part-time and 6.3% were unemployed.

The ABS Labour Force Survey provides the official estimates of Australia's unemployment rate. More information about Census and labour force status is provided in Understanding the Census and Census Data.

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Employment - hours worked
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
1-15 hours per week 364,637 10.8 326,516 10.4 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 352,817 10.4 304,831 9.7 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 353,702 10.5 308,122 9.8 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 645,428 19.1 569,665 18.2 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 1,489,099 44.1 1,438,259 45.8 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in New South Wales, 10.8% worked 1 to 15 hours, 10.4% worked 16 to 24 hours and 44.1% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Professionals 798,126 23.6 713,549 22.7 2,370,966 22.2
Clerical and Administrative Workers 467,977 13.8 473,140 15.1 1,449,681 13.6
Managers 456,084 13.5 418,331 13.3 1,390,047 13.0
Technicians and Trades Workers 429,239 12.7 414,668 13.2 1,447,414 13.5
Community and Personal Service Workers 350,261 10.4 297,668 9.5 1,157,003 10.8
Sales Workers 311,414 9.2 290,496 9.3 1,000,955 9.4
Labourers 297,887 8.8 273,129 8.7 1,011,520 9.5
Machinery Operators and Drivers 206,839 6.1 199,437 6.4 670,106 6.3

The most common occupations in New South Wales included Professionals 23.6%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 13.8%, Managers 13.5%, Technicians and Trades Workers 12.7%, Community and Personal Service Workers 10.4%, Sales Workers 9.2%, Labourers 8.8% and Machinery Operators and Drivers 6.1%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 119,350 3.5 100,941 3.2 411,808 3.9
Cafes and Restaurants 80,552 2.4 56,144 1.8 253,385 2.4
Supermarket and Grocery Stores 74,487 2.2 68,668 2.2 254,275 2.4
Aged Care Residential Services 67,209 2.0 54,962 1.8 211,621 2.0
Primary Education 65,204 1.9 59,670 1.9 231,198 2.2

Of the employed people in New South Wales, the most common responses for industry of employment included Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 3.5%, Cafes and Restaurants 2.4%, Supermarket and Grocery Stores 2.2%, Aged Care Residential Services 2.0% and Primary Education 1.9%.

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Personal 664 -- 561 -- 662 --
Family 1,780 -- 1,477 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,486 -- 1,237 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in New South Wales was $664.

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Travel to work, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Car, as driver 1,953,399 57.8 1,807,357 57.6 6,574,571 61.5
Train 252,786 7.5 193,097 6.2 488,012 4.6
Worked at home 163,026 4.8 143,128 4.6 503,582 4.7
Car, as passenger 144,820 4.3 157,358 5.0 489,922 4.6
Bus 133,903 4.0 116,657 3.7 323,201 3.0
 null  null  null  null  null  null  null
People who travelled to work by public transport 540,215 16.0 433,016 13.8 1,225,668 11.5
People who travelled to work by car as driver or passenger 2,182,854 64.6 2,038,111 64.9 7,305,271 68.4

In New South Wales, on the day of the Census, the most common methods of travel to work for employed people included Car, as driver 57.8%, Train 7.5%, Worked at home 4.8%, Car, as passenger 4.3% and Bus 4.0%. On the day, 16.0% of employed people used public transport (train, bus, ferry, tram/light rail) as at least one of their methods of travel to work and 64.6% used car (either as driver or as passenger).

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 4,127,723 67.7 3,839,136 68.7 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 1,659,250 27.2 1,537,773 27.5 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 709,415 11.6 638,614 11.4 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 1,103,790 18.1 942,084 16.9 3,620,726 19.0

In New South Wales, of people aged 15 years and over, 67.7% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.2% provided care for children and 11.6% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 18.1% of people did voluntary work through an organisation or a group.

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Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
People aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Less than 5 hours per week 1,359,656 22.3 1,226,912 22.0 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 1,531,206 25.1 1,391,599 24.9 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 690,934 11.3 660,871 11.8 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 545,925 9.0 559,754 10.0 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in New South Wales, 25.1% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.3% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.0% worked 30 hours or more.

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Families

family composition | employment status of couple families

Family composition

Family composition New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Couple family without children 709,524 36.6 669,020 36.6 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 887,358 45.7 831,853 45.5 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 310,906 16.0 297,906 16.3 959,543 15.8
Other family 32,438 1.7 30,778 1.7 102,559 1.7

Of the families in New South Wales, 45.7% were couple families with children, 36.6% were couple families without children and 16.0% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Male -- 17.8 -- 17.0 -- 18.2
Female -- 82.2 -- 83.0 -- 81.8

In New South Wales, 17.8% of single parents were male and 82.2% were female.

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Employment status of couple families

Employment status of parents in couple families
Labour force, parents or partners aged 15 years and over
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Both employed, worked full-time 360,916 22.6 327,626 21.8 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 63,106 4.0 54,279 3.6 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 329,567 20.6 306,830 20.4 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 240,084 15.0 239,315 15.9 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 96,933 6.1 83,286 5.5 302,037 6.0
Both not working 334,742 21.0 308,234 20.5 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 80,905 5.1 89,812 6.0 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 90,630 5.7 91,486 6.1 311,381 6.2

In New South Wales, of couple families with children, 22.6% had both partners employed full-time, 4.0% had both employed part-time and 20.6% had one employed full-time and the other part-time.

The ABS Labour Force Survey provides the official estimates of Australia's unemployment rate. More information about Census and labour force status is provided in Understanding the Census and Census Data.

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Dwellings

dwelling structure | household composition | mortgage & rent | number of motor vehicles | internet connection

Dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling count New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Occupied private dwellings 2,604,320 90.1 2,471,305 90.3 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 284,741 9.9 265,338 9.7 1,039,874 11.2

In New South Wales, 90.1% of private dwellings were occupied and 9.9% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Separate house 1,729,820 66.4 1,717,700 69.5 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 317,453 12.2 263,930 10.7 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 519,390 19.9 465,189 18.8 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 23,580 0.9 21,143 0.9 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in New South Wales, 66.4% were separate houses, 12.2% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 19.9% were flats or apartments and 0.9% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
None (includes bedsitters) 17,157 0.7 18,043 0.7 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 157,194 6.0 137,465 5.6 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 577,675 22.2 555,252 22.5 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 970,001 37.2 986,995 39.9 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 816,405 31.3 726,050 29.4 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 65,888 2.5 47,490 1.9 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.6 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In New South Wales, of occupied private dwellings 6.0% had 1 bedroom, 22.2% had 2 bedrooms and 37.2% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.6 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Owned outright 839,665 32.2 820,006 33.2 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 840,004 32.3 824,291 33.4 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 826,922 31.8 743,052 30.1 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 23,968 0.9 20,418 0.8 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 73,763 2.8 63,528 2.6 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in New South Wales, 32.2% were owned outright, 32.3% were owned with a mortgage and 31.8% were rented.

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Household composition

Household composition New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Family households 1,874,524 72.0 1,777,399 71.9 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 620,778 23.8 599,148 24.2 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 109,004 4.2 94,746 3.8 354,917 4.3

In New South Wales, of all households, 72.0% were family households, 23.8% were single person households and 4.2% were group households.

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Household income New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 19.7 -- 24.2 -- 20.0
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 18.7 -- 12.3 -- 16.4

In New South Wales, 19.7% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 18.7% of households had a weekly income of more than $3000.

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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 New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Median rent 380 -- 300 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 87.1 -- 88.4 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 12.9 -- 11.6 -- 11.5

The number of households where rent payments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure are expressed in this table as a proportion of the total number of households in an area (including those households which were not renting, and 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.

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Mortgage monthly repayments New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Median mortgage repayments 1,986 -- 1,993 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 92.6 -- 89.5 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 7.4 -- 10.5 -- 7.2

The number of households where mortgage repayments were 30% or more of an imputed income measure are expressed in this table as a proportion of the total number of households in an area (including those households which were renting, and 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.

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Number of motor vehicles

Number of registered motor vehicles New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
None 239,625 9.2 258,154 10.4 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 946,159 36.3 933,953 37.8 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 887,849 34.1 840,656 34.0 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 435,053 16.7 360,076 14.6 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 95,623 3.7 78,460 3.2 285,197 3.4

In New South Wales, 36.3% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 34.1% had two registered motor vehicles and 16.7% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Internet connection

Dwelling internet connection New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Internet not accessed from dwelling 381,709 14.7 495,949 20.1 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 2,149,040 82.5 1,885,407 76.3 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 73,565 2.8 89,939 3.6 221,494 2.7

In New South Wales, 82.5% of households had at least one person access the internet from the dwelling. This could have been through a desktop/laptop computer, mobile or smart phone, tablet, music or video player, gaming console, smart TV or any other device.

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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

selected people & dwelling characteristics

People characteristics

People characteristics
Count based on place of usual residence on Census night.
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Male 107,368 49.7 85,080 49.3 322,171 49.6
Female 108,809 50.3 87,540 50.7 326,996 50.4
Median age 22 -- 21 -- 23 --

In New South Wales, 49.7% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 50.3% were female. The median age was 22 years.

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Dwelling characteristics

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households. These tables represent occupied private dwellings where at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander person was present.

Dwelling characteristics
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.1 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 -- (a) -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,214 -- 941 -- 1,203 --

a) There has been change in methodology used to calculate the average number of persons per bedroom. To compare the time series for average number of persons per bedroom please refer to Understanding the Census and Census Data

In New South Wales, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.1 persons, with 1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,214.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
New South Wales % New South Wales 2011 % 2011 Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 270 -- 200 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,733 -- 1,677 -- 1,660 --

In New South Wales, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $270 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,733.

View the data quality statements for: Rent weekly payments (RNTD) Mortgage monthly repayments (MRED) Indigenous household Indicator (INGDWTD)

Small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from the table totals. For further information, go to the User Guide for QuickStats.

Data reported for Australia and Other Territories now includes Norfolk Island, following an amendment to the Acts Interpretation Act, 1901. Because Norfolk Island has not previously been included in the Census, any 2011 benchmarks will not include Norfolk Island.