Regional snapshot: who are we in Richmond-Tweed?

FAMILY sizes are dropping as fertility rates fall and residents of the Richmond-Tweed region live longer, a new Australian Bureau of Statistics study has revealed.

The ABS Data by Region research has compiled a range of data from 2009 to 2013 to paint a picture of life across the country.

It found the Richmond-Tweed region had a population of 239,985 in 2013, with 4.2% more women than men.

The median age was 44.13 years, compared to a state-wide figure of 37.8 - with the percentage of residents aged 85 or over increasing year-on-year from 2.5% in 2009 to 3% in 2013.

Over the same period, the percentage of residents aged 14 and under dropped from 18.7% to 18.1%.

The region's fertility rate gradually decreased from 2.3 children per woman in 2009 to 2.2 in 2012 and 2013 - still higher than the state average of two children per woman.

Health care and social assistance was the biggest employer with 15.1% of residents working for the sector.

Researchers found 17.9% of people living in the Richmond-Tweed were born overseas, with north-west Europe named the biggest international source region.

Overseas-born residents made up 31.4% of the population across NSW.

The average house built in 2013 was worth $338,000 - less than the state average of $365,000 but more than Australia's $324,000.

Richmond-Tweed residents were far more likely to have solar panels on their homes, with 15.2% of households generating their own electricity compared to a state-wide average of 4.6%. 

 

CONTRASTING STATS

RICHMOND-TWEED

Population - 239,985

Median age - 44.13 years

Registered motor vehicles - 166,059

Homes with solar - 15.2%

Average new house value - $338,000

Fertility rate - 2.2

Population born overseas - 17.9%

Percentage of residents aged 85 or over - 3%

Average household size - 2.4 people

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Population - 7.4 million

Median age - 37.8 years

Registered motor vehicles - 4.9 million

Homes with solar - 4.6%

Average new house value - $365,000

Fertility rate - 2

Population born overseas - 31.4%

Percentage of residents aged 85 or over - 2.1%

Average household size - 2.6 people

 

NEW HOUSE VALUES

By local government area 2013

KYOGLE - $201,000

LISMORE - $247,000

RICHMOND VALLEY - $308,000

TWEED - $330,000

BYRON - $394,000

BALLINA - $410,000


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