Canberra Region

Market characteristics

The Canberra Region has a lower proportion of households in the medium to high income category compared to NSW.

The people who live in an area are one of the most important resources that an economy draws upon, both as a market that consumes goods and services and as a source of labour.

This table provides an overview of the Canberra Region's population demographics, and how their characteristics compare to those of the broader region.

More detailed information about the Canberra Region's resident population, including neighbourhood profiles, can be found in the Community Profile.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Current area:
Current benchmark:
Market characteristics
Canberra Region20162011Change
NameNumber%. NSWNumber%. NSW2016 - 2011
Population summary--------------
Total residents280,951100.0100.0266,319100.0100.0+14,632
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years49,73717.718.551,18419.219.3-1,447
15 - 24 years29,39310.512.529,18011.012.9+213
25 - 54 years99,73335.540.899,08437.241.4+649
55 - 64 Years41,48714.811.938,25614.411.7+3,231
65 years and over60,60321.616.348,61518.314.7+11,988
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school22,4438.08.121,7968.27.9+647
Secondary school17,5006.26.218,4146.96.5-914
Total overseas born36,13812.927.633,60212.625.7+2,536
Speaks language other than English at home16,0675.725.113,6395.122.4+2,428
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,8910.74.51,5660.63.9+325
Bachelor or higher degree38,52716.723.431,44914.619.9+7,078
Advanced Diploma or Diploma20,6248.98.916,8657.88.3+3,759
Certificate level52,33622.618.146,05721.417.7+6,279
No qualification90,77839.339.195,23644.342.8-4,458
Household income--------------
Nill to $64922,34920.617.8--------
$650 to $1,49934,39231.727.5--------
$1,500 to $2,44921,56019.821.2--------
$2,500 or more 18,62017.123.1--------
Housing tenure--------------
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house114,19582.664.9109,08083.167.9+5,115
Medium house17,62512.717.916,56212.617.4+1,063
High density2,4641.815.32,0821.613.3+382

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions). Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics,

Canberra Region Joint Organisation area

economic profile