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%.
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