THE Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the results of the latest Census, and the figures reveal some interesting facts about the Nambucca Valley.
The Nambucca Local Government Area (LGA) reported a population of 18,644 persons – 9093 males and 9551 females, with a median age of 49 years.
There are 5126 families residing in the area, each with an average of 1.9 children. The 9171 private dwellings in the Nambucca LGA are each home to an average of 2.3 persons.
Locals earn an average weekly household income of $700, with those buying their homes shelling out $1200 per month in mortgage repayments, and those in rental accommodation paying around $195 per week.
Other facts revealed by the data show that, in the Nambucca LGA, 46.6 per cent of residents aged over 15 are married, and 16.4 per cent are divorced or separated.
Children aged under 14 make up 17.8 per cent of the population, while 24.4 per cent comprise people aged 65 and older.
Exactly 27 per cent are attending an educational institution, and the most common local ancestries include Australian (33.4%), English (32.6%), Irish (8.7%), Scottish (7.9%) and German (3%).
English is spoken at home by 93.8% of residents, with other
languages spoken at home being German, Gumbaynggir, French and Dutch (all 0.2%) and Italian (0.1%).
In local households in the week before the Census, 69.5% of people aged 15 years and over did unpaid domestic work, 23% provided care for children and 14.3% assisted family members or others due to a disability, long term illness or
problems related to old age.
Of the families in the Nambucca LGA, 30.1% are couple families with children, 48.9% are couples without children and 19.4% are one parent families.
The most common responses for religion were Anglican (25.7%), Catholic (21.8%), No Religion (21.2%), Presbyterian and Reformed (5.5%) and Uniting Church (5.3%).