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The Crag No. 164, August 2007: Castlecrag Counts: the 2006 Census

The Crag No. 164, August 2007: Castlecrag Counts: the 2006 Census

On Census night, 8 August 2006, householders in every house in Australia filled out their Census forms. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has now released the ‘QuickStats’ – see: www.censusdata.abs.gov.au

So what secrets do our 1022 private dwellings contain? Some Castlecrag numbers and percentage proportions are summarised below, with occasional comparisons where there are interesting differences with the Sydney Statistical District (the most relevant comparison) and Australia as a whole.

Population: 2807 (Syd 4.12M; Aus 19.9M); Females: 50.2% (Syd/Aus 50.7%).

Ages: 0-14 years, 650 (23.2%; Syd/Aus 20.7%); 15-24 years, 302 (10.8%; Syd/Aus 13.8%); 25-54 years, 1079 (38.4%; Syd 44%,Aus 42%); 55-64 years, 372 (13.3%; Syd 10.2%,Aus 11%); 65 years and over, 405 (14.4%; Syd 12.3%,Aus 13.3%). The median age is 41 years (Syd 35, Aus 37).

Citizenship: 88.9% (Syd 83%, Aus 86%).

Born overseas: 878 (31.3%; Syd 31.7%,Aus 22%).

Country of birth: Australia 1844 (65.7%; Syd 60.4%, Aus 71%); England 174 (6.2%; Syd 3.5%); New Zealand 59 (2.1%; Syd 2.6%); Hong Kong 58 (2.1%); South Africa 45 (1.6%); China 44.

Languages spoken at home: English only 82% (Syd 64%; Aus 79%); Cantonese & Mandarin 138; German 39; Japanese 37; Hungarian.

Religious affiliation: Catholic 748 (26.6%; Syd 29.7%); Anglican 737 (26.3%; Syd 18%); No Religion 547 (19.5%; Syd 14%, Aus 19%); Uniting Church 106 (3.8%); Judaism 98 (3.5%). (Note that Sydney includes 4.3% Eastern Orthodox; 3.9% Islam).

Marital status of Over 15s: Married 67% (Syd 50%); Never married 22% (Syd 34%); Separated or divorced 6.1% (Syd 10%); Widowed 4.5% (Syd 5.6%).

Income of Over 15s: Median weekly individual income $932 (Syd $578, Aus $440). Median weekly household income $2672 (Syd $1154, Aus $1027).

Family characteristics: 804 families, including 472 couple families with children (59%; Syd 49%, Aus 45%); 262 couple families without children (33%; Syd/Aus 37%); 63 one-parent families (8%; Syd/Aus 16%).

Dwellings: 1022, with 947 occupied on 8/8/06; 931 separate houses (98%; Syd 62%, Aus 75%).

Median weekly rent: $600 (Syd $250, Aus $190).

Median housing loan repayment: $3000/month (Syd $1800,Aus $1300).

Average household size: 3.0 (Syd/Aus 2.7); av. 1.1 persons per bedroom.

Fully-owned houses: 468 (49.4%; Syd/Aus 30%); Being purchased 331 (35%; Syd 31%); Rented 117 (12.4%; Syd 30%). Of the 947 occupied private dwellings, 797 (84%) were family households (Syd 68%); 125 (13%) were lone person households (Syd 22%). Of the 117 privately rented dwellings, 90 were via real estate agents (77%; Syd 62%).

Bruce Wilson