Sydney

2016 Census All persons QuickStats
Area code 1030
People 4,446,805
Male 49.3%
Female 50.7%
Median age 36
Families 1,145,884
Average children per family
for families with children 1.8
for all households (a) 0.8
All private dwellings 1,692,119
Average people per household 2.8
Median weekly household income $1,799
Median monthly mortgage repayments $2,167
Median weekly rent $450
Average motor vehicles per dwelling 1.6

(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
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Male 2,193,398 49.3 3,686,014 49.3 11,546,638 49.3
Female 2,253,408 50.7 3,794,217 50.7 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 56,129 1.3 216,176 2.9 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 4,446,805 people in Sydney. Of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.3% of the population.

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Age Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Median age 36 -- 38 -- 38 --
0-4 years 287,758 6.5 465,135 6.2 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 284,714 6.4 478,184 6.4 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 257,076 5.8 443,009 5.9 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 265,224 6.0 448,425 6.0 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 319,848 7.2 489,673 6.5 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 361,549 8.1 527,161 7.0 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 372,010 8.4 540,360 7.2 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 334,031 7.5 499,724 6.7 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 316,152 7.1 503,169 6.7 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 296,488 6.7 492,440 6.6 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 280,453 6.3 485,546 6.5 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 256,117 5.8 469,726 6.3 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 219,046 4.9 420,044 5.6 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 190,709 4.3 384,470 5.1 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 140,388 3.2 292,556 3.9 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 104,198 2.3 217,308 2.9 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 76,040 1.7 155,806 2.1 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 85,000 1.9 167,506 2.2 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Sydney was 36 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 18.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.4% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Married 1,789,637 49.5 2,965,280 48.7 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 99,677 2.8 190,198 3.1 608,059 3.2
Divorced 265,830 7.3 512,298 8.4 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 165,002 4.6 331,653 5.4 985,204 5.2
Never married 1,297,106 35.9 2,094,460 34.4 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Sydney aged 15 years and over, 49.5% were married and 10.1% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Registered marriage 1,587,432 48.6 2,612,630 48.3 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 274,496 8.4 506,133 9.4 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 1,402,450 43.0 2,290,887 42.3 7,024,973 41.9

In Sydney, of people aged 15 years and over, 48.6% of people were in a registered marriage and 8.4% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Preschool 76,422 5.4 132,047 5.7 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 242,854 17.1 417,465 18.0 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 72,404 5.1 122,099 5.3 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 44,325 3.1 67,611 2.9 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 149,677 10.5 269,249 11.6 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 75,591 5.3 117,689 5.1 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 54,488 3.8 79,915 3.4 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 85,613 6.0 144,103 6.2 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 282,316 19.9 376,133 16.2 1,160,626 16.1
Other 48,041 3.4 63,673 2.7 198,383 2.8
Not stated 289,059 20.3 535,266 23.0 1,707,023 23.7

In Sydney 32.0% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 25.3% were in primary school, 19.7% in secondary school and 25.9% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Bachelor Degree level and above 1,067,895 29.5 1,424,716 23.4 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 337,637 9.3 543,142 8.9 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 81,543 2.3 167,947 2.8 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 327,569 9.1 730,498 12.0 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 639,449 17.7 930,654 15.3 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 108,622 3.0 203,574 3.3 941,531 4.9
Year 10 319,626 8.8 702,178 11.5 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 1,817 0.1 4,849 0.1 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 298 0.0 625 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 248,424 6.9 513,209 8.4 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 46,666 1.3 54,870 0.9 145,844 0.8
Not stated 325,924 9.0 627,465 10.3 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Sydney, 17.7% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 11.3% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 9.3% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Ancestry, top responses Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
English 1,058,183 18.4 2,302,481 23.3 7,852,224 25.0
Australian 974,866 16.9 2,261,062 22.9 7,298,243 23.3
Chinese 483,407 8.4 514,594 5.2 1,213,903 3.9
Irish 368,721 6.4 741,671 7.5 2,388,058 7.6
Scottish 268,927 4.7 587,052 5.9 2,023,470 6.4

The most common ancestries in Sydney were English 18.4%, Australian 16.9%, Chinese 8.4%, Irish 6.4% and Scottish 4.7%.

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 Sydney (including those who did not state an ancestry).

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Country of birth Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Australia 2,454,119 55.2 4,899,090 65.5 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses:  null  null  null  null  null  null
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 223,064 5.0 234,508 3.1 509,555 2.2
England 134,405 3.0 226,564 3.0 907,570 3.9
India 129,113 2.9 143,459 1.9 455,389 1.9
Vietnam 80,699 1.8 84,130 1.1 219,355 0.9
New Zealand 80,455 1.8 117,136 1.6 518,466 2.2

In Sydney, 55.2% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 5.0%, England 3.0%, India 2.9%, Vietnam 1.8% and New Zealand 1.8%.

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Both parents born overseas 2,315,730 52.1 2,764,170 37.0 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 281,661 6.3 458,394 6.1 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 200,309 4.5 325,182 4.3 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 1,360,777 30.6 3,399,725 45.4 11,070,538 47.3

In Sydney, 30.6% of people had both parents born in Australia and 52.1% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Australia 1,567,813 35.3 3,745,787 50.1 12,231,150 52.3
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 316,789 7.1 332,465 4.4 704,658 3.0
England 199,567 4.5 359,370 4.8 1,403,096 6.0
India 174,828 3.9 195,217 2.6 616,939 2.6
Lebanon 139,397 3.1 143,993 1.9 196,333 0.8

In Sydney, the most common countries of birth for male parents were Australia 35.3%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 7.1%, England 4.5%, India 3.9% and Lebanon 3.1%.

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Australia 1,652,624 37.2 3,884,762 51.9 12,643,365 54.0
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 314,277 7.1 329,967 4.4 699,074 3.0
England 176,989 4.0 322,472 4.3 1,302,147 5.6
India 171,849 3.9 191,594 2.6 605,777 2.6
Lebanon 125,873 2.8 129,707 1.7 176,241 0.8

In Sydney, the most common countries of birth for female parents were Australia 37.2%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 7.1%, England 4.0%, India 3.9% and Lebanon 2.8%.

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Religious affiliation, top responses Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Catholic 1,119,028 25.2 1,846,443 24.7 5,291,834 22.6
No Religion, so described 1,085,579 24.4 1,879,562 25.1 6,933,708 29.6
Anglican 493,580 11.1 1,161,810 15.5 3,101,185 13.3
Not stated 394,543 8.9 684,969 9.2 2,238,735 9.6
Islam 252,214 5.7 267,659 3.6 604,240 2.6

The most common responses for religion in Sydney were Catholic 25.2%, No Religion, so described 24.4%, Anglican 11.1%, Not stated 8.9% and Islam 5.7%. In Sydney, Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (55.8%) (this figure excludes not stated responses).

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Language, top responses (other than English) Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Mandarin 227,342 5.1 239,945 3.2 596,711 2.5
Arabic 193,228 4.3 200,825 2.7 321,728 1.4
Cantonese 137,918 3.1 143,333 1.9 280,943 1.2
Vietnamese 98,904 2.2 102,896 1.4 277,400 1.2
Greek 75,289 1.7 81,683 1.1 237,588 1.0
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English only spoken at home 2,483,363 55.8 5,126,633 68.5 17,020,417 72.7
Households where a non English language is spoken 645,774 41.0 735,563 26.5 1,971,011 22.2

In Sydney 55.8% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 5.1%, Arabic 4.3%, Cantonese 3.1%, Vietnamese 2.2% and Greek 1.7%.

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Employment

Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 1,382,523 61.6 2,134,521 59.2 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 625,959 27.9 1,071,151 29.7 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 100,947 4.5 174,654 4.8 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 135,012 6.0 225,546 6.3 787,452 6.9

There were 2,244,441 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Sydney. Of these 61.6% were employed full time, 27.9% were employed part-time and 6.0% 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
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
1-15 hours per week 210,295 10.0 364,637 10.8 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 217,626 10.3 352,817 10.4 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 198,034 9.4 353,702 10.5 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 409,099 19.4 645,428 19.1 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 973,424 46.1 1,489,099 44.1 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Sydney, 10.0% worked 1 to 15 hours, 10.3% worked 16 to 24 hours and 46.1% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Professionals 568,039 26.9 798,126 23.6 2,370,966 22.2
Clerical and Administrative Workers 308,774 14.6 467,977 13.8 1,449,681 13.6
Managers 293,106 13.9 456,084 13.5 1,390,047 13.0
Technicians and Trades Workers 239,111 11.3 429,239 12.7 1,447,414 13.5
Community and Personal Service Workers 198,451 9.4 350,261 10.4 1,157,003 10.8
Sales Workers 188,239 8.9 311,414 9.2 1,000,955 9.4
Labourers 154,717 7.3 297,887 8.8 1,011,520 9.5
Machinery Operators and Drivers 117,556 5.6 206,839 6.1 670,106 6.3

The most common occupations in Sydney included Professionals 26.9%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 14.6%, Managers 13.9%, Technicians and Trades Workers 11.3%, Community and Personal Service Workers 9.4%, Sales Workers 8.9%, Labourers 7.3% and Machinery Operators and Drivers 5.6%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 70,275 3.3 119,350 3.5 411,808 3.9
Computer System Design and Related Services 55,703 2.6 63,717 1.9 162,884 1.5
Banking 54,895 2.6 63,678 1.9 144,232 1.3
Cafes and Restaurants 54,110 2.6 80,552 2.4 253,385 2.4
Supermarket and Grocery Stores 40,890 1.9 74,487 2.2 254,275 2.4

Of the employed people in Sydney, the most common responses for industry of employment included Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 3.3%, Computer System Design and Related Services 2.6%, Banking 2.6%, Cafes and Restaurants 2.6% and Supermarket and Grocery Stores 1.9%.

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Personal 730 -- 664 -- 662 --
Family 2,026 -- 1,780 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,799 -- 1,486 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Sydney was $730.

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Travel to work, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Car, as driver 1,090,025 51.7 1,953,399 57.8 6,574,571 61.5
Train 241,260 11.4 252,786 7.5 488,012 4.6
Bus 123,997 5.9 133,903 4.0 323,201 3.0
Worked at home 90,302 4.3 163,026 4.8 503,582 4.7
Walked only 88,800 4.2 130,957 3.9 370,427 3.5
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People who travelled to work by public transport 505,735 24.0 540,215 16.0 1,225,668 11.5
People who travelled to work by car as driver or passenger 1,240,198 58.8 2,182,854 64.6 7,305,271 68.4

In Sydney, on the day of the Census, the most common methods of travel to work for employed people included Car, as driver 51.7%, Train 11.4%, Bus 5.9%, Worked at home 4.3% and Walked only 4.2%. On the day, 24.0% of employed people used public transport (train, bus, ferry, tram/light rail) as at least one of their methods of travel to work and 58.8% used car (either as driver or as passenger).

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 2,411,936 66.7 4,127,723 67.7 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 983,621 27.2 1,659,250 27.2 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 397,523 11.0 709,415 11.6 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 599,940 16.6 1,103,790 18.1 3,620,726 19.0

In Sydney, of people aged 15 years and over, 66.7% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.2% provided care for children and 11.0% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 16.6% 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
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Less than 5 hours per week 869,924 24.0 1,359,656 22.3 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 885,570 24.5 1,531,206 25.1 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 369,600 10.2 690,934 11.3 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 286,845 7.9 545,925 9.0 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Sydney, 24.5% worked 5 to 14 hours, 10.2% worked 15 to 29 hours and 7.9% worked 30 hours or more.

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Families

family composition | employment status of couple families

Family composition

Family composition Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Couple family without children 378,196 33.0 709,524 36.6 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 574,604 50.1 887,358 45.7 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 171,402 15.0 310,906 16.0 959,543 15.8
Other family 21,677 1.9 32,438 1.7 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Sydney, 50.1% were couple families with children, 33.0% were couple families without children and 15.0% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Male -- 16.9 -- 17.8 -- 18.2
Female -- 83.1 -- 82.2 -- 81.8

In Sydney, 16.9% of single parents were male and 83.1% 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
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Both employed, worked full-time 239,105 25.1 360,916 22.6 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 35,393 3.7 63,106 4.0 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 189,897 19.9 329,567 20.6 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 161,396 16.9 240,084 15.0 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 57,167 6.0 96,933 6.1 302,037 6.0
Both not working 170,745 17.9 334,742 21.0 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 46,990 4.9 80,905 5.1 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 52,127 5.5 90,630 5.7 311,381 6.2

In Sydney, of couple families with children, 25.1% had both partners employed full-time, 3.7% had both employed part-time and 19.9% 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

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Dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling count Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Occupied private dwellings 1,486,663 92.7 2,604,320 90.1 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 116,810 7.3 284,741 9.9 1,039,874 11.2

In Sydney, 92.7% of private dwellings were occupied and 7.3% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Separate house 814,030 54.8 1,729,820 66.4 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 211,539 14.2 317,453 12.2 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 446,847 30.1 519,390 19.9 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 7,844 0.5 23,580 0.9 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Sydney, 54.8% were separate houses, 14.2% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 30.1% were flats or apartments and 0.5% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
None (includes bedsitters) 12,379 0.8 17,157 0.7 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 114,279 7.7 157,194 6.0 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 378,032 25.4 577,675 22.2 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 494,085 33.2 970,001 37.2 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 452,208 30.4 816,405 31.3 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 35,688 2.4 65,888 2.5 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.8 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Sydney, of occupied private dwellings 7.7% had 1 bedroom, 25.4% had 2 bedrooms and 33.2% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.8 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Owned outright 425,214 28.6 839,665 32.2 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 491,363 33.1 840,004 32.3 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 518,068 34.8 826,922 31.8 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 12,236 0.8 23,968 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 39,795 2.7 73,763 2.8 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Sydney, 28.6% were owned outright, 33.1% were owned with a mortgage and 34.8% were rented.

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Household composition

Household composition Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Family households 1,097,514 73.8 1,874,524 72.0 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 316,378 21.3 620,778 23.8 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 72,771 4.9 109,004 4.2 354,917 4.3

In Sydney, of all households, 73.8% were family households, 21.3% were single person households and 4.9% were group households.

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Household income Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 16.3 -- 19.7 -- 20.0
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 24.6 -- 18.7 -- 16.4

In Sydney, 16.3% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 24.6% 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 Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Median rent 450 -- 380 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 85.6 -- 87.1 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 14.4 -- 12.9 -- 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 Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Median mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 1,986 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 91.6 -- 92.6 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 8.4 -- 7.4 -- 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 Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
None 170,578 11.5 239,625 9.2 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 554,713 37.3 946,159 36.3 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 484,281 32.6 887,849 34.1 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 228,411 15.4 435,053 16.7 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 48,684 3.3 95,623 3.7 285,197 3.4

In Sydney, 37.3% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 32.6% had two registered motor vehicles and 15.4% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Internet connection

Dwelling internet connection Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Internet not accessed from dwelling 168,314 11.3 381,709 14.7 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 1,278,331 86.0 2,149,040 82.5 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 40,025 2.7 73,565 2.8 221,494 2.7

In Sydney, 86.0% 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.
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Male 27,773 49.5 107,368 49.7 322,171 49.6
Female 28,355 50.5 108,809 50.3 326,996 50.4
Median age 23 -- 22 -- 23 --

In Sydney, 49.5% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 50.5% were female. The median age was 23 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
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.1 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,535 -- 1,214 -- 1,203 --

In Sydney, 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 $1,535.

View the data quality statements for: Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (BEDD) Household composition (HHCD) Indigenous household Indicator (INGDWTD)

Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Sydney % Sydney New South Wales % New South Wales Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 360 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 2,167 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Sydney, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $360 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,167.

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.