Historically, Mittagong was the first settled in the early 1800s, where it became the first settlement in the district.
Mittagong has been home to many varied industries, with Iron being first smelted in the area. The Joadja Kerosene Shale, Box Vale Coal Mine, and the first supply of fresh milk and butter to Sydney by the Fresh Food & Ice Co all operated out of Mittagong in bygone days.
The name Mittagong (Mirrikin, Marrakan, Mittigong and other variations) is said to mean "little mountain". Alternatives are "a companion" and "plenty of native dogs", as the Mittagong range was home to many dingos at one time. "Merrigang" (the place where the dingo puppies play) is said to be substantially the same word.
Today the town invites you to explore its history, scenery, small waterfalls, bushwalks and it's famed "Waratah" flowering in November. Enjoy a picnic at peaceful Lake Alexandra, feed the ducks, and take a peaceful stroll around the Lake - no more than 250 metres from Mittagong's main street.
According to the 2011 Australian Census, there were 5,722 people that considered Mittagong home. The average weekly wage was $484, and the average age was 45.
Females in Mittagong
54.1% of people in Mittagong were female. 33.0% of females were married, and 5.3% were in a De facto relationship. 8.8% were widowed, and 24.1% had never married. 11.9% were separated or divorced. 18.3% of the female population was under the age of 15.
13.2% of female residents in Mittagong had a university degree, of which 20.7% had completed post-graduate studies. 38.7% of the female population was part of the work force. Of those, 39.5% dedicated each week to full-time work, and 4.8% were unemployed.
Males in Mittagong
45.9% of people in Mittagong were male. 38.4% of males were married, and 6.0% were in a De facto relationship. 7.5% were widowed, and 25.8% had never married. 10.2% were separated or divorced. 18.1% of the male population was under the age of 15.
12.5% of male residents in Mittagong had a university degree, of which 22.3% had completed post-graduate studies. 47.0% of the male population was part of the work force. Of those, 68.3% dedicated each week to full-time work, and 4.8% were unemployed.
Property in Mittagong
There were 2,481 properties in Mittagong, 88.1% of which were occupied by residents. Of these, 41.5% were owned outright by the people that lived there. A further 28.3% were currently on their way to owning their home. In Mittagong, 77.6% of properties were free standing houses, and 3.4% were units or apartments. The average weekly rent in Mittagong was about $250, while the average monthly mortgage payment was $1,863. 63.5% of residents had Broadband Internet, while 3.9% were still on dialup. 24.7% of households had no internet.
Unless noted, demographic data sets are from the 2011 Australian Census. Copyright of demographic related data resides with Commonwealth of Australia. Used with permission.