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 2016 Australian Census, there were 5,767 people that considered Mittagong home. The average weekly wage was $602, and the average age was 48.
Females in Mittagong
55% of people in Mittagong were female. 31% of females were married, and 6% were in a De facto relationship. 11% were widowed, and 25% had never married. 13% were separated or divorced. 15% of the female population was under the age of 15.
Males in Mittagong
45% of people in Mittagong were male. 38% of males were married, and 8% were in a De facto relationship. 8% were widowed, and 27% had never married. 11% were separated or divorced. 16% of the male population was under the age of 15.
Property in Mittagong
There were 2,468 properties in Mittagong, 89% of which were occupied by residents. Of these, 43% were owned outright by the people that lived there, and 26% were currently on their way to owning their home. The average weekly rent in Mittagong was about $320, while the average monthly mortgage payment was $1,733. Roughly 37% of the household income was dedicated to mortgage payments. 18% of households had no internet.
Unless noted, demographic data sets are from the 2016 Australian Census. Copyright of demographic related data resides with Commonwealth of Australia. Used with permission.