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Townsvillean giants in education, individualism and indigenous heritage

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Townsvillean’s are of equal gender, giants in education, prefer de facto unions instead of marriage, progressive in their relationships and technology while abandoning their association with traditional faiths, except the schooling of our children, and boasts a higher than average indigenous heritage and cultural connection than the rest of Queensland and Australia.

Australian Bureau and Statistics (ABS) Census 2016 has revealed that Townsvillean’s have an average age of 34 years with a higher percentage than the state or nation in tertiary education and 50-50 equal composition in male and female citizens.

The largest age group in the City is 20-24 years of age or 8.4% of the population, whilst people aged 65 years and over has risen to 12% from 9.8% in 2011 and we have seen Gen-x (35-55 years old) leaving the City.


Townsville’s Local Government area (LGA) population has increased from 174,462 people in 2011 to 186,757 in 2016 with an equal sex demographic of 50% between male and female.

Before the Census was captured on the night of 9th of August 2016, and immediately after, further job cuts occurred and unemployment increased in Townsville causing over nine thousand people to leave the City.

Queensland Nickel went into liquidation in April 2016 and other industries across the LGA struggled on the back of poor economic conditions since the 2011 census, which was captured a couple months after Cyclone Yazi impacted the North Queensland coast north of Townsville.

Townsvillean’s Income

The median weekly income for people in a household over the age of 15 years is $1424, or $703 per person and $1705 per family. The per-person income is higher in Townsville than the state and national median income.

But the families and household income for Townsvillean’s is lower than equivalent families and households across the state and nation.


22.8 percent or 14,991 of housing stock in Townsville are owned outright with no borrowings. 35.2% are owned with a mortgage and 38.6% are renting. Average monthly mortgage repayment is $1733.

Private dwellings in the city make up 79,982 properties, an increase of 7203 dwellings from 72,779 in 2011. We have an average of 2.6 persons occupying the household.

“Townsvillean’s” are living in separate houses (or single unit dwellings) at 81% of the population, while 10.3% are living in semi-detected townhouses or units and 7.4% are living in flats or apartments. 40.1% of the dwellings have 3 bedrooms, 37% have 4 bedrooms or more and 16.6% has 2 bedrooms.

Renters are paying a median weekly rent of $300, an increase of $10 per week since 2011 and $35 per week less than the national average.

Families, Civil Union and Immigration

The Townsville area has 47,645 families with 1.9 children on average per household.

The composition of our families shows that 38.5% are couples without children, 41.8% are couple families with children, one parent families comprise 18.1% and other families are attributed 1.7% of the total families’ population.

71.1 percent of households are occupied by families, 23.9% are single or lone person households and 4.9% are group households.

81.1 percent of single parents are female, consistent with state and national statistics. On average over the last 5 years, 465 families per year were welcomed into the community.

Townsvillean’s have a lower rate of registered marriages than the state and the national averages at 42.9% and a lower rate of social marriages at 43.5%.

De facto marriages are higher than the state and national averages at 14.9%. Persons not married are consistent with both state and national averages.

Community and Household Contribution

Townsville is consistent with the state and nation when it comes to domestic unpaid work. 70.7% said they have done unpaid domestic work in the past week, 28.6% cared for children, 10.4% provided assistance to a person with a disability and 18.4% did voluntary work in the past 12 months.

Transport and Technology

The number of motor vehicles per dwelling is on average 1.8 vehicles. 39.5% of the population have 2 motor vehicles per dwelling. 83.4% of the population has internet access from home, while 14.1% report no internet access at home.

Heritage and Culture

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Townsvillean’s make up 7% of the total population at 13040, higher than the state at 4% and nationally attributing 2.8% of the population.

78.6 percent of Townsvillean’s are born in Australia, 2.6% are born in England, 2.3% are born in New Zealand, 0.9% is born in the Philippines, and 0.7% is born in India and South Africa making up 0.5% of the population’s country of birth.

What is interesting is that 28.5% of the population identify with Australian ancestry, 27% with English, Irish 9.3%, Scottish 7.5% and German 4.0%.

63.8 percent of the population identify that both parents were born in Australia, 16.7% report that both parents were born overseas, 6.2% reported their father was born overseas and 4.9% say their mother was born overseas only.

85.2 percent of the population speak English at home while 9.0% speak a language other than English in the home.

Faith and Religion

Religious identity and association had the greatest change in the past five years as people drifted away from religion on the back of global terrorism, Christian adultery and growing connection to nature, social and environmental science.

53,057 people or 28.4% of the population has stated they have no described religion.

People of Catholic faith make up 26.5% of the population, down from 28.1% in 2011, Anglican followers comprise 15.2% and the Uniting Church religion makes up 5.1% while 10.3% of the population stated having no religion.


However, Catholic education in secondary schools has the 2nd highest student attendance numbers, trailing government schools, and is 1.4% higher than the national average. Meanwhile, the Catholic primary school education system is nearly 2.5% higher than the national average.

17.1 percent of Townsvillean’s have attended university or tertiary education, compared to the state at 14.8% and 16.1% across the country.

Although seemingly a minor observation in the statistics, 25.2% of the population did not state their education, which is slightly higher than the state and national averages.

But when assessed in the context of higher education levels and increased opportunities that come from skills, Townsville has a greater gap in education wealth standards.

Therefore, the population has skill capabilities below the state and nation and is less prepared as a community to take opportunities in employment that are on the ascendancy due to routine work being challenged due to rapid changes in technology.

Scope of Census

The Townsville LGA covers a district from Mutarnee to the north, Cungulla to the south and Palm Island.

Employment and occupation related data for singles and families will be realised by the ABS in October 2017.

Further reading:

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Guide to selling a luxury home

Guide to 22 knockout marketing tips to sell a home

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