Image shows the 'typical' person from NSW. She's 38, married, lives in a couple family with 2 children, completed Year 12, at least one of her parents was born overseas, lives in a home with 3 bedrooms, two vehicles and the home is owned with a mortgage.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Who was the ‘typical’ person from New South Wales in 2016?
New South Wales is home to some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, including the Opera House, Blue Mountains, and the sparkling Sapphire Coast. It’s here we find the ‘typical’ person in New South Wales. Let’s call her 'Amy'.

Just like the ‘typical’ Australian, Amy is female and is 38 years old. A decade ago, the ‘typical’ person in New South Wales was a year younger, 37 to be exact.

So what else do we know about Amy?
Amy was born in Australia, has English ancestry and she speaks English at home. She is married and lives in a couple family with two children.

She has completed Year 12, and does between five and 14 hours of domestic work per week.

While some things have remained the same over the past decade, a few things have changed for the ‘typical’ person in New South Wales. Unlike the ‘typical’ Australian, at least one of Amy’s parents was born overseas, when in 2006 and 2011 the ‘typical’ person in New South Wales had both parents born in Australia.

Like the ‘typical’ Australian, Amy lives in a home with three bedrooms and two motor vehicles. While the ‘typical’ Australian home is owned with a mortgage, the ‘typical’ home in New South Wales is owned outright, as it was in 2011 and 2006.

Like most states, the ‘typical’ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in New South Wales is also female. She is 22 years old, one year older than in 2011, and two years older than in 2006.

Where was the ‘typical’ migrant born?
They hail from all corners of the globe, but in 2016, the ‘typical’ migrant in New South Wales was born in China, is female and is 44 years old.

A decade ago, the ‘typical’ migrant in New South Wales was a 45 year old female born in England.

We’re an eclectic lot
While the Census provides plenty of info on the ‘typical’ Australian, it also shows we’re a big, diverse community. There’s nothing typical about Australians.

View the media release for New South Wales.

The 'Typical' New South Wales

Median Age 38
Sex (Mode)Female
Country of Birth of Person (Mode)Australia
Country of Birth of Parents (Mode)At least one parent born overseas
Language Spoken at Home (Mode)English
Ancestry 1st Response (Mode)English
Social Marital Status (Mode)Married in a registered marriage
Family Composition (Mode)Couple family with children
Count of All Children in Family (Mode)Two children in family
Highest Year of School Completed (Mode)Year 12 or equivalent
Unpaid Domestic Work: Number of Hours (Mode)5 to 14 hours
Number of Motor Vehicles (Mode)Two vehicles
Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (Mode)Three bedrooms
Tenure Type (Dwelling Count) (Mode)Owned outright


Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Median Age 22
Sex (Mode)Female



Persons born overseas

Median Age44
Sex (Mode)Female
Country of Birth of Person (Mode)China
Language Spoken at Home (Mode)English



Note:
• The mode is the most commonly occurring value in a distribution.
• Statements of typical age in this release are median values. The median is the middle value in distribution when the values are arranged in ascending or descending order.
The most common response for each data item is calculated independently. For example, if the 'typical' person is male and the 'typical' person does 5-14 hours of unpaid domestic work per week, this does not imply that the 'typical' male does 5-14 hours of unpaid domestic work per week.
• No detailed Census data will be issued with this information. Datasets for the above characteristics will be released as part of the main release of 2016 Census data on Tuesday, 27 June 2017.

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