Wollongong City

Market characteristics

Wollongong City has a lower proportion of households in the medium to high income category compared to New South Wales.

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 Wollongong City's population demographics, and how their characteristics compare to those of the broader region.

More detailed information about Wollongong City'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 benchmark:
Market characteristics
Wollongong City20162011Change
NameNumber%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2011
Population summary--------------
Total residents203,630100.0100.0192,418100.0100.0+11,212
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years36,55718.018.535,65818.519.3+899
15 - 24 years28,53014.012.527,26714.212.9+1,263
25 - 54 years78,33438.540.876,07439.541.4+2,260
55 - 64 Years24,27711.911.921,95111.411.7+2,326
65 years and over35,93417.616.331,46816.414.7+4,466
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school16,4118.18.115,0937.87.9+1,318
Secondary school12,7076.26.212,3466.46.5+361
Total overseas born43,86021.527.641,88421.825.7+1,976
Speaks language other than English at home34,20316.825.132,01816.622.4+2,185
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all6,1213.04.55,9073.13.9+214
Bachelor or higher degree33,28719.923.426,35416.819.9+6,933
Advanced Diploma or Diploma14,9889.08.912,4237.98.3+2,565
Certificate level36,60421.918.132,67720.817.7+3,927
No qualification66,78740.039.168,85443.942.8-2,067
Household income--------------
Nill to $64915,53220.817.8--------
$650 to $1,49921,26828.527.5--------
$1,500 to $2,44915,39320.621.2--------
$2,500 or more 14,81219.923.1--------
Housing tenure--------------
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house56,50167.364.955,69569.467.9+806
Medium house17,36520.717.916,20720.217.4+1,158
High density8,63510.315.37,2439.013.3+1,392

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,

Wollongong City Council

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