About Liverpool and our Community
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The Liverpool Local Government Area (‘Liverpool’) consists of 42 suburbs and is one of the fastest growing regions in Sydney. Experiencing substantial growth from urban release development and from redevelopment in established areas, its population is expected to almost double to more than 320,000 over the next 20 years.
Liverpool in brief
This is a basic overview of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census data as it relates to Liverpool, and compared with neighbouring areas and the Greater Sydney region.
Note: Sydney data is based on the Greater Sydney area (previously the Sydney Statistical Division), that is, the 43 Local Government Areas (LGAs) that make up the Sydney Metropolitan Area. At the 2011 Census, Greater Sydney had a population of 4,391,674 people.
As at the 2011 Census, Liverpool's population was 180,143. This represents an increase of 15,181 people (8%) over the 2006 population figure of 164,962 and a 15% increase over the last ten years. The rate of population growth in Liverpool between 2006 and 2011 exceeded that of the Greater Sydney region (6%) and New South Wales (5%).
The Estimated Resident Population of Liverpool as at 30 June 2014 was 199,928.
Liverpool continues to be a young city: the median age was 33 years in 2011. It is younger compared to neighbouring areas, and Greater Sydney which was 36 years. In Liverpool, 38% of the population was less than 25 years of age.
Liverpool also has an ageing population: the 55+ age group was the fastest growing age group in 2011. There has been a 17% increase in this population since 2006.
The number of Indigenous people in 2011 grew by 483 to 2,677 people and has increased to 1.5% since 2006. Liverpool has a larger proportion of Indigenous people compared to Greater Sydney's 1.2%.
Birthplaces and languages spoken
The number of persons born overseas increased by 9,548 (13%) to 71,715. The overseas born population rose to 40% of the population, an increase of 9% in the last 20 years. By comparison, 34% of Sydney's population was born overseas.
Liverpool's people come from over 150 different birthplaces. The top ten overseas birthplaces in 2011 were Fiji (6,395), Iraq (6,114), Vietnam (5,230), India (4,213), Philippines (3,580), Lebanon (3,573), New Zealand (3,076), Italy (2,893), England (2,177) and Serbia / Montenegro (2,233).
At the 2011 Census, English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 44.4% of Liverpool's population. Around half of Liverpool's residents said they spoke a language other than English at home. 8.7% of residents said they spoke English not well or not at all.
Liverpool residents speak more than 140 different languages. The top ten languages spoken at home after English are: Arabic, Hindi, Vietnamese, Italian, Spanish, Serbian, Greek, Assyrian, Cantonese and Macedonian.
The Catholic and Anglican religions remain the top two religious affiliations, however overall proportions have declined since 2006. The Islamic and Eastern Orthodox religions have seen increased proportions since the last Census, as has the proportion of people who have stated they have no religion. Buddhism and Hinduism have also increased since 2006.
Families, households and marital status
75% of all families in Liverpool include children. Liverpool has a much higher proportion of families with children than any of its neighbours or Sydney generally, where only 61% of all families had children.
There has been a slight increase between 2006 and 2011 in the proportion of one-parent families, from 17% to 18% of all families.
In relation to our neighbours, Fairfield, Campbelltown and Bankstown have higher proportions of one-parent families. Camden, Wollondilly and Sutherland have lower proportions of this family type. The Sydney average for one-parent families is 16%.
Liverpool along with the Fairfield LGA has the largest household sizes (3.2 persons per dwelling) among its neighbours. Sydney's average is 2.7 persons per dwelling.
At the 2011 Census in Liverpool, lone person households made up 16 percent of all households (that is, 8,597 people lived on their own), comparatively in Sydney generally this proportion was far higher at 23%.
At the 2011 Census, 53% of persons aged 15 years and over were married, 11% separated or divorced and 5% widowed. The rate of marriage is higher than in Sydney (50%), while separated or divorced rates are almost identical.
Dwellings and housing tenure
The overall number of occupied private dwellings grew by 6,709 (12%) to 55,958 in the five years to 2011.
At the 2011 Census, 24% of occupied private dwellings in Liverpool were fully owned, 42% were being purchased and 30% were rented. The combined owned and being purchased tenure in Liverpool, at 66% of all dwellings, is almost identical to Sydney generally at 65%.
At the same time, 8.1% of Liverpool residents were social housing tenants, a considerable drop from 19% in 1991. This is compared to 5% of people renting social housing in the Greater Sydney region in 2011.
Separate houses continue as the dominant form of housing in Liverpool at 75% of all dwellings. This is significantly higher than the Sydney proportion of 61% of all dwellings. It is however far less than some of Liverpool's neighbours (95% in Wollondilly, 92% in Camden and 81% in Campbelltown).
More people in Liverpool are attending pre-school, primary or secondary school; 55% compared with 51% in Greater Sydney.
There are less people studying at tertiary level at TAFE or university in Liverpool; 18% compared with Sydney's 24%. University attendance by Liverpool residents has increased by 3% since 2006.
More people in Greater Sydney have completed high school while a larger proportion of residents in Liverpool have not completed school or did not go to school at all.
Income and housing costs
Median individual, household and family incomes in Liverpool have increased slightly since 2006, however people in Liverpool continue to pay a large proportion of their income on rent – 12% pay more than 30% of their household income on rent.
Compared to its neighbours, Liverpool has higher median household incomes ($1,299) compared with Fairfield ($1,022), Bankstown ($1,091) or Campbelltown ($1,251), but lower compared with Camden ($1,727), Sutherland ($1,674), Wollondilly ($1,478) or Penrith ($1,398).
Median monthly mortgage repayments in Liverpool are the same as the Sydney median at $2,167. This represents a 20% increase since 2006. However, more people in Liverpool pay over 30% of their household incomes on mortgage repayments - 17% compared to 12% in Sydney. This demonstrates the considerable "housing stress" in Liverpool. Compared to its neighbours, median monthly mortgage repayments are equal to Camden, Wollondilly and Penrith, higher than in Fairfield, Campbelltown and Bankstown but lower than in Sutherland.
In 2011, 41,000 dwellings, or 76% of all dwellings in Liverpool, had an internet connection. This is an increase of over 10,000 dwellings or 15% since 2006. This is still a smaller proportion compared to the Sydney average of 80%.
SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvatange
In 2011, Liverpool scored 951.0 on the SEIFA Index of Disadvantage, ranked 103 out of the 153 LGAs in NSW.
The SEIFA Index of Disadvantage measures the relative level of socio-economic disadvantage based on a range of Census characteristics including low income, low educational attainment, high unemployment and jobs in relatively unskilled occupations.
It is a good place to start to get a general view of the relative level of disadvantage in one area compared to others and is used to advocate for an area based on its level of disadvantage.
When targeting services to disadvantaged communities, it is important to look at these underlying characteristics as they can differ markedly between areas with similar SEIFA scores and shed light on the type of disadvantage being experienced.
For more details on the construction of the index and its use, visit the ABS website.
The Liverpool Community Profile provides a demographic analysis of the LGA’s population characteristics including data on age, ethnicity, income, education and household type, and how they have changed over time or compare with other areas.
The Community Profile is designed to inform community groups, Council, business and investors, students and the general public about Liverpool's population. To achieve this, the Community Profile is formatted to present the data in simple, clear tables and charts with concise factual commentary.
The Community Profile uses information from the 2011 ABS Census of Population and Housing for the local government area, and for smaller areas within it (e.g. suburbs). The 2011 data is able to be compared with the 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 Census data.
To view the Profile for the Liverpool area, please click on the link below.
The Liverpool Social Atlas presents key socio-demographic characteristics for the areas in a series of interactive maps. Based on data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing (Australian Bureau of Statistics), each map is prepared using the finest level of details to help identify spatial patterns in the area.
To view the Atlas for the Liverpool area, please click on the link below