Cairns (R)

2016 Census All persons QuickStats
Geography type Local Government Areas
Area code LGA32080
People 156,901
Male 49.3%
Female 50.7%
Median age 37
Families 39,456
Average children per family
for families with children 1.8
for all households (a) 0.7
All private dwellings 68,749
Average people per household 2.5
Median weekly household income $1,336
Median monthly mortgage repayments $1,665
Median weekly rent $300
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 (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Male 77,390 49.3 2,321,889 49.4 11,546,638 49.3
Female 79,508 50.7 2,381,308 50.6 11,855,248 50.7
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people 14,094 9.0 186,482 4.0 649,171 2.8

In the 2016 Census, there were 156,901 people in Cairns (R). Of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 9.0% of the population.

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Age Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median age 37 -- 37 -- 38 --
0-4 years 10,221 6.5 296,466 6.3 1,464,779 6.3
5-9 years 11,215 7.1 317,138 6.7 1,502,646 6.4
10-14 years 10,667 6.8 299,097 6.4 1,397,183 6.0
15-19 years 9,803 6.2 296,287 6.3 1,421,595 6.1
20-24 years 9,148 5.8 316,860 6.7 1,566,793 6.7
25-29 years 10,388 6.6 320,753 6.8 1,664,602 7.1
30-34 years 10,939 7.0 325,943 6.9 1,703,847 7.3
35-39 years 10,921 7.0 305,218 6.5 1,561,679 6.7
40-44 years 11,767 7.5 322,901 6.9 1,583,257 6.8
45-49 years 11,727 7.5 322,982 6.9 1,581,455 6.8
50-54 years 11,154 7.1 308,727 6.6 1,523,551 6.5
55-59 years 10,216 6.5 292,198 6.2 1,454,332 6.2
60-64 years 8,805 5.6 260,685 5.5 1,299,397 5.6
65-69 years 7,527 4.8 242,192 5.1 1,188,999 5.1
70-74 years 5,089 3.2 180,406 3.8 887,716 3.8
75-79 years 3,258 2.1 126,084 2.7 652,657 2.8
80-84 years 2,059 1.3 83,731 1.8 460,549 2.0
85 years and over 1,981 1.3 85,528 1.8 486,842 2.1

The median age of people in Cairns (R) was 37 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 20.5% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.7% of the population.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Married 52,670 42.2 1,775,920 46.9 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 4,802 3.8 134,953 3.6 608,059 3.2
Divorced 13,088 10.5 354,382 9.3 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 5,288 4.2 184,671 4.9 985,204 5.2
Never married 48,941 39.2 1,340,580 35.4 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Cairns (R) aged 15 years and over, 42.2% were married and 14.3% were either divorced or separated.

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Social marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Registered marriage 44,554 42.1 1,546,502 46.7 8,001,141 47.7
De facto marriage 15,090 14.3 394,739 11.9 1,751,731 10.4
Not married 46,071 43.6 1,367,026 41.3 7,024,973 41.9

In Cairns (R), of people aged 15 years and over, 42.1% of people were in a registered marriage and 14.3% were in a de facto marriage.

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Education Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Preschool 1,737 3.4 56,639 3.9 347,621 4.8
Primary - Government 8,362 16.5 276,468 19.1 1,314,787 18.2
Primary - Catholic 4,146 8.2 73,844 5.1 380,604 5.3
Primary - other non Government 1,270 2.5 50,202 3.5 231,490 3.2
Secondary - Government 6,446 12.7 176,138 12.2 827,505 11.5
Secondary - Catholic 2,943 5.8 63,080 4.4 338,384 4.7
Secondary - other non Government 976 1.9 58,927 4.1 280,618 3.9
Technical or further education institution 2,666 5.3 76,992 5.3 424,869 5.9
University or tertiary institution 5,268 10.4 213,221 14.8 1,160,626 16.1
Other 1,276 2.5 37,517 2.6 198,383 2.8
Not stated 15,557 30.7 360,888 25.0 1,707,023 23.7

In Cairns (R) 32.3% of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 27.2% were in primary school, 20.5% in secondary school and 15.7% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Bachelor Degree level and above 20,243 16.2 693,412 18.3 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 11,536 9.2 330,619 8.7 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 3,895 3.1 111,975 3.0 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 20,687 16.6 576,295 15.2 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 19,756 15.8 625,959 16.5 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 6,077 4.9 163,394 4.3 941,531 4.9
Year 10 14,394 11.5 488,554 12.9 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 105 0.1 2,602 0.1 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 13 0.0 418 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 7,668 6.1 275,376 7.3 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 791 0.6 15,700 0.4 145,844 0.8
Not stated 16,320 13.1 409,227 10.8 1,974,794 10.4

Of people aged 15 and over in Cairns (R), 15.8% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 19.7% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 9.2% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Ancestry, top responses Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
English 55,022 25.2 1,794,999 27.5 7,852,224 25.0
Australian 54,366 24.9 1,649,284 25.3 7,298,243 23.3
Irish 18,155 8.3 564,334 8.7 2,388,058 7.6
Scottish 14,797 6.8 486,648 7.5 2,023,470 6.4
German 8,437 3.9 296,387 4.5 982,226 3.1

The most common ancestries in Cairns (R) were English 25.2%, Australian 24.9%, Irish 8.3%, Scottish 6.8% and German 3.9%.

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

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Country of birth Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australia 108,009 68.8 3,343,657 71.1 15,614,835 66.7
Other top responses:  null  null  null  null  null  null
England 6,171 3.9 180,775 3.8 907,570 3.9
New Zealand 4,800 3.1 201,206 4.3 518,466 2.2
Papua New Guinea 2,294 1.5 16,120 0.3 28,800 0.1
Philippines 1,806 1.2 39,661 0.8 232,386 1.0
Japan 1,667 1.1 12,402 0.3 42,421 0.2

In Cairns (R), 68.8% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 3.9%, New Zealand 3.1%, Papua New Guinea 1.5%, Philippines 1.2% and Japan 1.1%.

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Country of birth of father and/or mother, stated responses Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Both parents born overseas 40,949 26.1 1,225,441 26.1 8,051,196 34.4
Father only born overseas 10,380 6.6 302,904 6.4 1,488,092 6.4
Mother only born overseas 9,367 6.0 234,425 5.0 1,094,591 4.7
Both parents born in Australia 80,758 51.5 2,575,201 54.8 11,070,538 47.3

In Cairns (R), 51.5% of people had both parents born in Australia and 26.1% of people had both parents born overseas.

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Country of birth of father, stated responses Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australia 90,650 57.8 2,824,420 60.1 12,231,150 52.3
England 9,331 5.9 287,091 6.1 1,403,096 6.0
New Zealand 5,901 3.8 236,403 5.0 617,331 2.6
Italy 2,441 1.6 42,085 0.9 470,138 2.0
Papua New Guinea 2,235 1.4 16,296 0.3 28,460 0.1

In Cairns (R), the most common countries of birth for male parents were Australia 57.8%, England 5.9%, New Zealand 3.8%, Italy 1.6% and Papua New Guinea 1.4%.

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Country of birth of mother, stated responses Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Australia 91,786 58.5 2,897,343 61.6 12,643,365 54.0
England 8,781 5.6 264,169 5.6 1,302,147 5.6
New Zealand 5,795 3.7 236,930 5.0 608,329 2.6
Papua New Guinea 3,036 1.9 20,050 0.4 34,128 0.1
Philippines 2,711 1.7 57,947 1.2 325,049 1.4

In Cairns (R), the most common countries of birth for female parents were Australia 58.5%, England 5.6%, New Zealand 3.7%, Papua New Guinea 1.9% and Philippines 1.7%.

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Religious affiliation, top responses Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
No Religion, so described 49,807 31.7 1,374,427 29.2 6,933,708 29.6
Catholic 35,845 22.8 1,022,514 21.7 5,291,834 22.6
Anglican 21,058 13.4 719,718 15.3 3,101,185 13.3
Not stated 19,002 12.1 468,042 10.0 2,238,735 9.6
Uniting Church 5,697 3.6 238,313 5.1 870,183 3.7

The most common responses for religion in Cairns (R) were No Religion, so described 31.7%, Catholic 22.8%, Anglican 13.4%, Not stated 12.1% and Uniting Church 3.6%. In Cairns (R), Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (58.7%) (this figure excludes not stated responses).

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Language, top responses (other than English) Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Japanese 2,374 1.5 16,877 0.4 55,966 0.2
Mandarin 1,166 0.7 69,474 1.5 596,711 2.5
Italian 1,096 0.7 20,009 0.4 271,597 1.2
German 975 0.6 16,488 0.4 79,353 0.3
Korean 966 0.6 19,620 0.4 108,997 0.5
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English only spoken at home 121,832 77.7 3,820,632 81.2 17,020,417 72.7
Households where a non English language is spoken 9,690 15.5 242,052 13.5 1,971,011 22.2

In Cairns (R) 77.7% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Japanese 1.5%, Mandarin 0.7%, Italian 0.7%, German 0.6% and Korean 0.6%.

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Employment

Employment
People who reported being in the labour force, aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Worked full-time 45,184 57.6 1,333,193 57.7 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 23,276 29.7 691,751 29.9 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 3,950 5.0 111,509 4.8 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 6,056 7.7 175,665 7.6 787,452 6.9

There were 78,466 people who reported being in the labour force in the week before Census night in Cairns (R). Of these 57.6% were employed full time, 29.7% were employed part-time and 7.7% 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 (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
1-15 hours per week 7,071 9.8 235,001 11.0 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 6,415 8.9 201,035 9.4 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 9,791 13.5 255,714 12.0 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 15,144 20.9 410,236 19.2 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 30,039 41.5 922,958 43.2 4,591,801 43.0

Of employed people in Cairns (R), 9.8% worked 1 to 15 hours, 8.9% worked 16 to 24 hours and 41.5% worked 40 hours or more.

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Occupation
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Professionals 13,932 19.2 423,917 19.8 2,370,966 22.2
Technicians and Trades Workers 10,827 15.0 305,441 14.3 1,447,414 13.5
Community and Personal Service Workers 9,952 13.7 241,956 11.3 1,157,003 10.8
Clerical and Administrative Workers 9,542 13.2 291,317 13.6 1,449,681 13.6
Managers 7,928 10.9 258,509 12.1 1,390,047 13.0
Sales Workers 7,770 10.7 207,795 9.7 1,000,955 9.4
Labourers 7,136 9.9 225,268 10.5 1,011,520 9.5
Machinery Operators and Drivers 4,085 5.6 147,636 6.9 670,106 6.3

The most common occupations in Cairns (R) included Professionals 19.2%, Technicians and Trades Workers 15.0%, Community and Personal Service Workers 13.7%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 13.2%, Managers 10.9%, Sales Workers 10.7%, Labourers 9.9% and Machinery Operators and Drivers 5.6%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 4,111 5.7 91,756 4.3 411,808 3.9
Accommodation 2,439 3.4 29,602 1.4 113,377 1.1
Cafes and Restaurants 1,852 2.6 49,488 2.3 253,385 2.4
Supermarket and Grocery Stores 1,827 2.5 52,291 2.4 254,275 2.4
Primary Education 1,705 2.4 54,394 2.5 231,198 2.2

Of the employed people in Cairns (R), the most common responses for industry of employment included Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 5.7%, Accommodation 3.4%, Cafes and Restaurants 2.6%, Supermarket and Grocery Stores 2.5% and Primary Education 2.4%.

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Median weekly incomes
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Personal 693 -- 660 -- 662 --
Family 1,605 -- 1,661 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,336 -- 1,402 -- 1,438 --

The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Cairns (R) was $693.

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Travel to work, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Car, as driver 49,455 68.3 1,368,965 64.1 6,574,571 61.5
Car, as passenger 4,423 6.1 112,508 5.3 489,922 4.6
Worked at home 2,808 3.9 112,422 5.3 503,582 4.7
Walked only 2,398 3.3 70,471 3.3 370,427 3.5
Bicycle 1,357 1.9 21,679 1.0 107,756 1.0
 null  null  null  null  null  null  null
People who travelled to work by public transport 1,672 2.3 152,230 7.1 1,225,668 11.5
People who travelled to work by car as driver or passenger 54,657 75.5 1,523,756 71.3 7,305,271 68.4

In Cairns (R), on the day of the Census, the most common methods of travel to work for employed people included Car, as driver 68.3%, Car, as passenger 6.1%, Worked at home 3.9%, Walked only 3.3% and Bicycle 1.9%. 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 75.5% used car (either as driver or as passenger).

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 85,189 68.3 2,671,858 70.5 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 34,430 27.6 1,063,450 28.1 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 12,260 9.8 407,168 10.7 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 23,060 18.5 714,138 18.8 3,620,726 19.0

In Cairns (R), of people aged 15 years and over, 68.3% did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census. During the two weeks before the Census, 27.6% provided care for children and 9.8% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. In the year before the Census, 18.5% 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 (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Less than 5 hours per week 26,430 21.2 853,120 22.5 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 34,397 27.6 1,017,232 26.8 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 13,876 11.1 448,338 11.8 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 10,479 8.4 353,168 9.3 1,710,970 9.0

Of people who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the Census in Cairns (R), 27.6% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.1% worked 15 to 29 hours and 8.4% worked 30 hours or more.

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Families

family composition | employment status of couple families

Family composition

Family composition Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Couple family without children 15,135 38.4 481,451 39.4 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 15,895 40.3 518,494 42.5 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 7,820 19.8 201,308 16.5 959,543 15.8
Other family 610 1.5 19,898 1.6 102,559 1.7

Of the families in Cairns (R), 40.3% were couple families with children, 38.4% were couple families without children and 19.8% were one parent families.

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Single (or lone) parents
Proportion of the total single (or lone) parent population
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Male -- 18.6 -- 18.5 -- 18.2
Female -- 81.4 -- 81.5 -- 81.8

In Cairns (R), 18.6% of single parents were male and 81.4% 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 (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Both employed, worked full-time 7,674 24.7 225,032 22.5 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 1,338 4.3 39,193 3.9 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 6,679 21.5 212,524 21.3 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 4,166 13.4 144,839 14.5 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 1,901 6.1 57,595 5.8 302,037 6.0
Both not working 4,773 15.4 200,661 20.1 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 1,790 5.8 52,525 5.3 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 2,698 8.7 67,574 6.8 311,381 6.2

In Cairns (R), of couple families with children, 24.7% had both partners employed full-time, 4.3% had both employed part-time and 21.5% 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 (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Occupied private dwellings 55,800 89.6 1,656,828 89.4 8,286,073 88.8
Unoccupied private dwellings 6,483 10.4 195,570 10.6 1,039,874 11.2

In Cairns (R), 89.6% of private dwellings were occupied and 10.4% were unoccupied.

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Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Separate house 39,903 71.5 1,269,653 76.6 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 5,343 9.6 174,984 10.6 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 9,590 17.2 186,780 11.3 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 542 1.0 16,809 1.0 64,425 0.8

Of occupied private dwellings in Cairns (R), 71.5% were separate houses, 9.6% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 17.2% were flats or apartments and 1.0% were other dwellings.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
None (includes bedsitters) 431 0.8 8,306 0.5 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 3,033 5.4 70,628 4.3 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 11,920 21.4 275,203 16.6 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 20,495 36.7 657,978 39.7 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 18,282 32.8 604,269 36.5 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,628 2.9 40,448 2.4 198,351 2.4
Average number of bedrooms per dwelling 3.1 -- 3.2 -- 3.1 --
Average number of people per household 2.5 -- 2.6 -- 2.6 --

In Cairns (R), of occupied private dwellings 5.4% had 1 bedroom, 21.4% had 2 bedrooms and 36.7% had 3 bedrooms. The average number of bedrooms per occupied private dwelling was 3.1. The average household size was 2.5 people.

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Tenure
Occupied private dwellings
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Owned outright 13,241 23.7 471,407 28.5 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 18,689 33.5 558,439 33.7 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 21,706 38.9 566,478 34.2 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 413 0.7 15,566 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 1,742 3.1 44,944 2.7 224,869 2.7

Of occupied private dwellings in Cairns (R), 23.7% were owned outright, 33.5% were owned with a mortgage and 38.9% were rented.

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Household composition

Household composition Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Family households 38,534 69.1 1,189,859 71.8 5,907,625 71.3
Single (or lone) person households 14,570 26.1 389,076 23.5 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 2,689 4.8 77,898 4.7 354,917 4.3

In Cairns (R), of all households, 69.1% were family households, 26.1% were single person households and 4.8% were group households.

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Household income Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Less than $650 gross weekly income -- 20.4 -- 19.5 -- 20.0
More than $3,000 gross weekly income -- 11.3 -- 14.4 -- 16.4

In Cairns (R), 20.4% of households had a weekly household income of less than $650 and 11.3% 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 (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median rent 300 -- 330 -- 335 --
Households where rent payments are less than 30% of household income -- 85.1 -- 87.2 -- 88.5
Households with rent payments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 14.9 -- 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 (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median mortgage repayments 1,665 -- 1,733 -- 1,755 --
Households where mortgage repayments are less than 30% of household income -- 93.7 -- 93.6 -- 92.8
Households with mortgage repayments greater than or equal to 30% of household income -- 6.3 -- 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 (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
None 3,876 6.9 99,133 6.0 623,829 7.5
1 motor vehicle 20,367 36.5 566,233 34.2 2,881,485 34.8
2 motor vehicles 20,656 37.0 620,096 37.4 2,999,184 36.2
3 or more vehicles 8,601 15.4 315,106 19.0 1,496,382 18.1
Number of motor vehicles not stated 2,284 4.1 56,263 3.4 285,197 3.4

In Cairns (R), 36.5% of occupied private dwellings had one registered motor vehicle garaged or parked at their address, 37.0% had two registered motor vehicles and 15.4% had three or more registered motor vehicles.

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Internet connection

Dwelling internet connection Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Internet not accessed from dwelling 8,134 14.6 224,855 13.6 1,172,415 14.1
Internet accessed from dwelling 45,890 82.3 1,387,499 83.7 6,892,165 83.2
Not stated 1,761 3.2 44,482 2.7 221,494 2.7

In Cairns (R), 82.3% 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 (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Male 6,612 46.9 92,176 49.4 322,171 49.6
Female 7,483 53.1 94,311 50.6 326,996 50.4
Median age 22 -- 22 -- 23 --

In Cairns (R), 46.9% of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people were male and 53.1% 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 (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Average number of people per household 3.1 -- 3.3 -- 3.2 --
Average number of persons per bedroom 1.1 -- 1 -- 1 --
Median weekly household income 1,082 -- 1,222 -- 1,203 --

In Cairns (R), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the average household size was 3.1 persons, with 1.1 persons per bedroom. The median household income was $1,082.

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Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings where at least one person was Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
Cairns (R) % Cairns (R) Queensland % Queensland Australia % Australia
Median weekly rent 260 -- 270 -- 250 --
Median monthly mortgage repayments 1,704 -- 1,733 -- 1,660 --

In Cairns (R), for dwellings occupied by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, the median weekly rent was $260 and the median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,704.

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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.