This is a snapshot of the Dubbo population and demography. For more in-depth information, visit the Dubbo Community Profile, or contact Dubbo Regional Council's Economic Development Branch.


The estimated residential population for Dubbo in 2012 was 40,975 people with a median age of 36. This represents a 5.6% increase from the 38,804 people that were usually resident in Dubbo on Census Night 2011.

Dubbo is a multicultural society, with 24.14% of residents claiming a non-English and non-Australian heritage.


Between the 2006 and 2011 Census periods, there was a total of 3,107 people with jobs that moved to Dubbo*. 

This table details the origin of residents who lived in a different region as at the 2006 Census and moved to Dubbo as at the 2011 Census.


More than 55% of Dubbo households comprise a couple family with children. 

Single-parent households make up about 18% of the City's total family composition, with 83.88% of those attributed to female single parents. 

Almost one-quarter of all Dubbo households comprise a couple family with no children.


Almost half of all Dubbo residents are Certificate-level qualified while more than 23% hold a Bachelor Degree or higher qualification.


The unemployment rate in Dubbo is typically below the State average and is currently at 4.9% compared to 5.6% for NSW.

It is estimated that 16,959 people work in Dubbo^, the majority of whom work a 35-39 hour week. By August 2018 is estimated that total employment in Dubbo will be at 21,919 jobs, which represents an annualised growth rate of 2.20%*.

Of the 16,959 workers in Dubbo 17.98% are classified as Professionals, 12.02% Managers, 14.62% Technicians and Trade Workers, and 10.75% Labourers.


Almost one-quarter of Dubbo residents own their homes outright. 

More than 40% of Dubbo residents have a mortgage. The median house price in Dubbo (as at 28 January 2014) is $300,000.

Almost one-third of Dubbo residents rent. The median rent  in Dubbo (as at 28 Feburay 2014) is $330 per week.


The median weekly household income in Dubbo is $1,096.68.

55% of Dubbo households have a broadband internet connection.

67.76% own two or more vehicles.

* Dubbo Skills Audit and Employment Projection Report, 2013, REMPLAN

^ Latest REMPLAN data incorporating Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2011 Census Place of Work Employment Data

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