New population statistics shine a light on the city's Mrs Average

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 April, 2011, 12:00am


You have probably met her, you just didn't realise it. She's Mrs Average Hong Kong as put together from data in the latest population and household survey.

The average woman is 40 years old, probably married, earns HK$18,000 a month and lives in Kwun Tong. Two people live with her and she graduated from upper secondary school.

Statistics from 2010 also show that the city's population has grown by around 64,000 to 7,067,800. However, the median monthly household income has only increased by HK$400 in the decade since 2000.

But the statistics also answer another question: where do the city's single young professionals live?

Central and Western districts hold the most 25- to 34-year-olds (a little under 18 per cent of the population) and about one in three residents there have never married.

When it comes to women, one in five in Central and Western districts and Wan Chai are 25 to 34 years old.

Men with the most educational laurels, meanwhile, are to be found in Wan Chai where just under half, 27,400 male residents, have a degree. That compares to just 11.4 per cent in Wong Tai Sin. This is despite the fact that if you ran into a Wong Tai Sin man, he'd be more likely to have never been married than a man living in any other district. Some 38.6 per cent of males in the district have never wed.

The area with the biggest proportion of homeowners is Sai Kung, with 67.6 per cent, or 90,900 people living in a house they own. It has the most married inhabitants - more than 60 per cent.

And as in most recent years, the fairer sex outnumbers men in every district - even when domestic helpers are excluded from the numbers.