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City of Darwin

Population and dwellings

82,912

ABS Estimated Resident Population 2015*

The Census usual resident population of City of Darwin in 2011 was 72,954, living in 30,586 dwellings with an average household size of 2.60.

There are a number of different ways of measuring the population of an area, all of which give an insight into the size of the place and its rate of growth over different time periods. The Census counts people where they are on the night of the Census (enumerated population) and also by where they usually live (usual residence). Both these populations are useful and form the basis for a range of characteristics collected in the Census.

However, the most accurate count of the total population is Estimated Resident Population, which factors in an estimate of those missed in the Census and those who were overseas on Census night. It is usually higher than either Census count, and is also updated annually after the Census, providing preliminary estimates for up to 5 years.

This page provides the three population counts for City of Darwin at the last Census, with comparisons to previous Census years for the Census counts only. The current estimate for City of Darwin at the most recent year available is shown at the top of the page. This figure is a preliminary estimate only and is subject to review after the next Census data are released. Please use with caution.

Also included are a range of sub-population groups and key statistics from the Census (usual resident) population, such as citizens, employed persons and Indigenous population.

These figures all provide the context for the size of the population and growth rate within City of Darwin and should be looked at in conjunction with other basic demographic information, such as Age Structure, Dwelling Type and Household Size.

The data on this page are sourced from a variety of different tables and designed to give a range of population and dwelling numbers for the area.

Population
City of Darwin - Total persons20112006Change
PopulationNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Estimated Resident Population78,467----71,366----+7,101
Usual Resident Population72,954----66,289----+6,665
Enumerated Population78,305----73,164----+5,141

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Selected sub-population categories
City of Darwin - Total people (Usual residence)20112006Change
Population groupNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Males37,84451.952.234,20751.652.0+3,637
Females35,11048.147.832,08248.448.0+3,028
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population6,1658.59.26,2339.49.7-68
Australian citizens55,72876.478.855,08383.183.0+645
Eligible voters (citizens aged 18+)42,50758.358.241,38462.460.4+1,123
Population over 1559,04780.979.052,94879.977.3+6,099
Employed population38,80796.596.535,10996.596.4+3,698
Overseas visitors (enumerated)2,187----2,381-----194

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Dwellings
City of Darwin - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
DwellingsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Total dwellings30,586100.0100.028,457100.0100.0+2,129
Occupied private dwellings27,79390.991.726,38892.793.4+1,405
Population in non-private dwellings6,953----7,538-----585
Average household size (persons per dwelling)2.60--2.672.58--2.67+0.02

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated). Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

*Note that this is an experimental estimate based on ERP at the SA1 level. It is subject to review after the next Census data release and may not match .id's population forecasts.

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