Cairns

2016 Census All persons QuickStats
Area code 306
People 240,190
Male 49.7%
Female 50.3%
Median age 39
Families 60,780
Average children per family
for families with children 1.9
for all households (a) 0.7
All private dwellings 109,315
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,226
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,597
Median weekly rent $280
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
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Male 119,266 49.7 2,321,889 49.4 11,546,638 49.3
Female 120,923 50.3 2,381,308 50.6 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 23,961 10.0 186,482 4.0 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 240,190 people in Cairns. Of these 49.7% were male and 50.3% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 10.0% of the population.

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Age Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median age 39 -- 37 -- 38 --
0-4 years 14,914 6.2 296,466 6.3 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 16,705 7.0 317,138 6.7 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 16,036 6.7 299,097 6.4 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 14,457 6.0 296,287 6.3 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 13,106 5.5 316,860 6.7 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 14,717 6.1 320,753 6.8 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 15,368 6.4 325,943 6.9 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 15,177 6.3 305,218 6.5 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 16,863 7.0 322,901 6.9 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 17,346 7.2 322,982 6.9 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 17,228 7.2 308,727 6.6 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 16,725 7.0 292,198 6.2 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 14,971 6.2 260,685 5.5 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 13,091 5.5 242,192 5.1 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 9,445 3.9 180,406 3.8 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 6,292 2.6 126,084 2.7 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 4,021 1.7 83,731 1.8 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 3,722 1.5 85,528 1.8 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Cairns was 39 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 19.8% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.2% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Married 83,547 43.4 1,775,920 46.9 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 7,189 3.7 134,953 3.6 608,059 3.2
Divorced 20,148 10.5 354,382 9.3 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 9,391 4.9 184,671 4.9 985,204 5.2
Never married 72,260 37.5 1,340,580 35.4 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Cairns aged 15 years and over, 43.4% were married and 14.2% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Registered marriage 70,336 43.2 1,546,502 46.7 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 22,825 14.0 394,739 11.9 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 69,594 42.8 1,367,026 41.3 7,024,973 41.9

In Cairns, of people aged 15 years and over, 43.2% of people were in a registered marriage and 14.0% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Preschool 2,458 3.3 56,639 3.9 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 13,426 18.0 276,468 19.1 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 5,530 7.4 73,844 5.1 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 1,588 2.1 50,202 3.5 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 10,140 13.6 176,138 12.2 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 3,922 5.3 63,080 4.4 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 1,146 1.5 58,927 4.1 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 3,481 4.7 76,992 5.3 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 6,394 8.6 213,221 14.8 1,160,626 16.1
Other 1,733 2.3 37,517 2.6 198,383 2.8
Not stated 24,624 33.1 360,888 25.0 1,707,023 23.7

In Cairns 31.0% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 27.6% were in primary school, 20.4% in secondary school and 13.3% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Bachelor Degree level and above 27,516 14.3 693,412 18.3 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 16,362 8.5 330,619 8.7 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 5,531 2.9 111,975 3.0 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 32,245 16.7 576,295 15.2 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 29,076 15.1 625,959 16.5 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 9,338 4.9 163,394 4.3 941,531 4.9
Year 10 24,909 12.9 488,554 12.9 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 152 0.1 2,602 0.1 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 21 0.0 418 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 14,468 7.5 275,376 7.3 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 1,117 0.6 15,700 0.4 145,844 0.8
Not stated 26,838 13.9 409,227 10.8 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Cairns, 15.1% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 19.6% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 8.5% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Ancestry, top responses Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australian 85,029 25.6 1,649,284 25.3 7,298,243 23.3
English 82,859 24.9 1,794,999 27.5 7,852,224 25.0
Irish 27,542 8.3 564,334 8.7 2,388,058 7.6
Scottish 22,511 6.8 486,648 7.5 2,023,470 6.4
Italian 14,472 4.4 131,687 2.0 1,000,006 3.2

The most common ancestries in Cairns were Australian 25.6%, English 24.9%, Irish 8.3%, Scottish 6.8% and Italian 4.4%.

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

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Country of birth Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australia 169,989 70.8 3,343,657 71.1 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses:  null  null  null  null  null  null
England 8,779 3.7 180,775 3.8 907,570 3.9
New Zealand 6,583 2.7 201,206 4.3 518,466 2.2
Papua New Guinea 2,661 1.1 16,120 0.3 28,800 0.1
Philippines 2,365 1.0 39,661 0.8 232,386 1.0
India 2,102 0.9 49,145 1.0 455,389 1.9

In Cairns, 70.8% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 3.7%, New Zealand 2.7%, Papua New Guinea 1.1%, Philippines 1.0% and India 0.9%.

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Both parents born overseas 56,690 23.6 1,225,441 26.1 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 15,141 6.3 302,904 6.4 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 12,972 5.4 234,425 5.0 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 131,198 54.6 2,575,201 54.8 11,070,538 47.3

In Cairns, 54.6% of people had both parents born in Australia and 23.6% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australia 145,144 60.4 2,824,420 60.1 12,231,150 52.3
England 13,524 5.6 287,091 6.1 1,403,096 6.0
New Zealand 7,993 3.3 236,403 5.0 617,331 2.6
Italy 5,404 2.3 42,085 0.9 470,138 2.0
India 2,900 1.2 67,903 1.4 616,939 2.6

In Cairns, the most common countries of birth for male parents were Australia 60.4%, England 5.6%, New Zealand 3.3%, Italy 2.3% and India 1.2%.

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australia 147,444 61.4 2,897,343 61.6 12,643,365 54.0
England 12,703 5.3 264,169 5.6 1,302,147 5.6
New Zealand 7,976 3.3 236,930 5.0 608,329 2.6
Italy 4,328 1.8 31,865 0.7 395,775 1.7
Papua New Guinea 3,509 1.5 20,050 0.4 34,128 0.1

In Cairns, the most common countries of birth for female parents were Australia 61.4%, England 5.3%, New Zealand 3.3%, Italy 1.8% and Papua New Guinea 1.5%.

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Religious affiliation, top responses Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
No Religion, so described 72,455 30.2 1,374,427 29.2 6,933,708 29.6
Catholic 55,919 23.3 1,022,514 21.7 5,291,834 22.6
Anglican 34,641 14.4 719,718 15.3 3,101,185 13.3
Not stated 29,315 12.2 468,042 10.0 2,238,735 9.6
Uniting Church 9,674 4.0 238,313 5.1 870,183 3.7

The most common responses for religion in Cairns were No Religion, so described 30.2%, Catholic 23.3%, Anglican 14.4%, Not stated 12.2% and Uniting Church 4.0%. In Cairns, Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (60.9%) (this figure excludes not stated responses).

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Language, top responses (other than English) Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Italian 2,597 1.1 20,009 0.4 271,597 1.2
Japanese 2,593 1.1 16,877 0.4 55,966 0.2
Punjabi 1,546 0.6 17,991 0.4 132,496 0.6
German 1,451 0.6 16,488 0.4 79,353 0.3
Mandarin 1,419 0.6 69,474 1.5 596,711 2.5
 null  null  null  null  null  null  null
English only spoken at home 190,417 79.3 3,820,632 81.2 17,020,417 72.7
Households where a non English language is spoken 13,163 13.4 242,052 13.5 1,971,011 22.2

In Cairns 79.3% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 1.1%, Japanese 1.1%, Punjabi 0.6%, German 0.6% and Mandarin 0.6%.

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Employment

Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 65,170 56.6 1,333,193 57.7 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 34,849 30.3 691,751 29.9 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 6,124 5.3 111,509 4.8 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 9,031 7.8 175,665 7.6 787,452 6.9

There were 115,174 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Cairns. Of these 56.6% were employed full time, 30.3% were employed part-time and 7.8% 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
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
1-15 hours per week 10,774 10.2 235,001 11.0 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 9,673 9.1 201,035 9.4 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 14,401 13.6 255,714 12.0 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 21,222 20.0 410,236 19.2 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 43,945 41.4 922,958 43.2 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Cairns, 10.2% worked 1 to 15 hours, 9.1% worked 16 to 24 hours and 41.4% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Professionals 18,367 17.3 423,917 19.8 2,370,966 22.2
Technicians and Trades Workers 15,642 14.7 305,441 14.3 1,447,414 13.5
Community and Personal Service Workers 13,989 13.2 241,956 11.3 1,157,003 10.8
Clerical and Administrative Workers 13,189 12.4 291,317 13.6 1,449,681 13.6
Managers 12,967 12.2 258,509 12.1 1,390,047 13.0
Labourers 12,780 12.0 225,268 10.5 1,011,520 9.5
Sales Workers 10,774 10.2 207,795 9.7 1,000,955 9.4
Machinery Operators and Drivers 6,616 6.2 147,636 6.9 670,106 6.3

The most common occupations in Cairns included Professionals 17.3%, Technicians and Trades Workers 14.7%, Community and Personal Service Workers 13.2%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 12.4%, Managers 12.2%, Labourers 12.0%, Sales Workers 10.2% and Machinery Operators and Drivers 6.2%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 5,182 4.9 91,756 4.3 411,808 3.9
Accommodation 3,751 3.5 29,602 1.4 113,377 1.1
Supermarket and Grocery Stores 2,861 2.7 52,291 2.4 254,275 2.4
Primary Education 2,828 2.7 54,394 2.5 231,198 2.2
Cafes and Restaurants 2,634 2.5 49,488 2.3 253,385 2.4

Of the employed people in Cairns, the most common responses for industry of employment included Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 4.9%, Accommodation 3.5%, Supermarket and Grocery Stores 2.7%, Primary Education 2.7% and Cafes and Restaurants 2.5%.

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Personal 642 -- 660 -- 662 --
Family 1,475 -- 1,661 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,226 -- 1,402 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Cairns was $642.

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Travel to work, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Car, as driver 70,422 66.4 1,368,965 64.1 6,574,571 61.5
Car, as passenger 6,712 6.3 112,508 5.3 489,922 4.6
Worked at home 5,237 4.9 112,422 5.3 503,582 4.7
Walked only 4,237 4.0 70,471 3.3 370,427 3.5
Bus 1,933 1.8 63,829 3.0 323,201 3.0
 null  null  null  null  null  null  null
People who travelled to work by public transport 2,481 2.3 152,230 7.1 1,225,668 11.5
People who travelled to work by car as driver or passenger 78,167 73.6 1,523,756 71.3 7,305,271 68.4

In Cairns, on the day of the Census, the most common methods of travel to work for employed people included Car, as driver 66.4%, Car, as passenger 6.3%, Worked at home 4.9%, Walked only 4.0% and Bus 1.8%. On the day, 2.3% of employed people used public transport (train, bus, ferry, tram/light rail) as at least one of their methods of travel to work and 73.6% used car (either as driver or as passenger).

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 130,785 67.9 2,671,858 70.5 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 50,719 26.3 1,063,450 28.1 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 19,774 10.3 407,168 10.7 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 37,215 19.3 714,138 18.8 3,620,726 19.0

In Cairns, of people aged 15 years and over, 67.9% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 26.3% provided care for children and 10.3% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 19.3% 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
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Less than 5 hours per week 38,504 20.0 853,120 22.5 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 51,271 26.6 1,017,232 26.8 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 22,644 11.8 448,338 11.8 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 18,361 9.5 353,168 9.3 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Cairns, 26.6% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.8% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.5% worked 30 hours or more.

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Families

family composition | employment status of couple families

Family composition

Family composition Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Couple family without children 24,968 41.1 481,451 39.4 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 23,355 38.4 518,494 42.5 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 11,494 18.9 201,308 16.5 959,543 15.8
Other family 951 1.6 19,898 1.6 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Cairns, 38.4% were couple families with children, 41.1% were couple families without children and 18.9% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Male -- 19.3 -- 18.5 -- 18.2
Female -- 80.7 -- 81.5 -- 81.8

In Cairns, 19.3% of single parents were male and 80.7% 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
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Both employed, worked full-time 11,049 22.9 225,032 22.5 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 2,197 4.5 39,193 3.9 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 10,006 20.7 212,524 21.3 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 6,058 12.5 144,839 14.5 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 3,076 6.4 57,595 5.8 302,037 6.0
Both not working 9,127 18.9 200,661 20.1 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 2,784 5.8 52,525 5.3 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 4,031 8.3 67,574 6.8 311,381 6.2

In Cairns, of couple families with children, 22.9% had both partners employed full-time, 4.5% had both employed part-time and 20.7% 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 Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Occupied private dwellings 86,048 88.3 1,656,828 89.4 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 11,438 11.7 195,570 10.6 1,039,874 11.2

In Cairns, 88.3% of private dwellings were occupied and 11.7% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Separate house 65,955 76.6 1,269,653 76.6 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 6,455 7.5 174,984 10.6 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 11,504 13.4 186,780 11.3 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 1,470 1.7 16,809 1.0 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Cairns, 76.6% were separate houses, 7.5% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 13.4% were flats or apartments and 1.7% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
None (includes bedsitters) 824 1.0 8,306 0.5 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 4,880 5.7 70,628 4.3 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 18,052 21.0 275,203 16.6 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 33,948 39.5 657,978 39.7 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 25,770 30.0 604,269 36.5 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 2,567 3.0 40,448 2.4 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.5 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Cairns, of occupied private dwellings 5.7% had 1 bedroom, 21.0% had 2 bedrooms and 39.5% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3. The average household size was 2.5 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Owned outright 24,752 28.8 471,407 28.5 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 26,682 31.0 558,439 33.7 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 31,224 36.3 566,478 34.2 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 647 0.8 15,566 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 2,745 3.2 44,944 2.7 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Cairns, 28.8% were owned outright, 31.0% were owned with a mortgage and 36.3% were rented.

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Household composition

Household composition Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Family households 59,294 68.9 1,189,859 71.8 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 22,973 26.7 389,076 23.5 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 3,776 4.4 77,898 4.7 354,917 4.3

In Cairns, of all households, 68.9% were family households, 26.7% were single person households and 4.4% were group households.

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Household income Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 22.6 -- 19.5 -- 20.0
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 9.8 -- 14.4 -- 16.4

In Cairns, 22.6% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 9.8% 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 Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median rent 280 -- 330 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 86.5 -- 87.2 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 13.5 -- 12.8 -- 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 Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median mortgage repayments 1,597 -- 1,733 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 93.9 -- 93.6 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 6.1 -- 6.4 -- 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 Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
None 5,771 6.7 99,133 6.0 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 31,115 36.2 566,233 34.2 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 31,551 36.7 620,096 37.4 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 13,915 16.2 315,106 19.0 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 3,694 4.3 56,263 3.4 285,197 3.4

In Cairns, 36.2% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 36.7% had two registered motor vehicles and 16.2% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Internet connection

Dwelling internet connection Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Internet not accessed from dwelling 14,826 17.2 224,855 13.6 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 68,414 79.5 1,387,499 83.7 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 2,803 3.3 44,482 2.7 221,494 2.7

In Cairns, 79.5% 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.
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Male 11,437 47.7 92,176 49.4 322,171 49.6
Female 12,522 52.3 94,311 50.6 326,996 50.4
Median age 22 -- 22 -- 23 --

In Cairns, 47.7% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 52.3% 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
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Average number of people per household 3.3 -- 3.3 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1.1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,052 -- 1,222 -- 1,203 --

In Cairns, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.3 persons, with 1.1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,052.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Cairns % Cairns Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 240 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,582 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Cairns, for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $240 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,582.

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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.