Living in Singleton
Located at the gateway to the famous Hunter Valley vineyards and surrounded by untouched national parks, Singleton offers a unique blend of rural living with big city benefits. Founded on agriculture, driven by coal and sustained by the Hunter River, the Singleton local government area played an important role in the colonisation of NSW and continues to have State significance as an economic powerhouse.
There’s no need to compromise on modern facilities for friendly, small town charm. Singleton offers all the conveniences of 21st century living including a hospital and medical services, a choice of education facilities including a TAFE campus, boutique retail and dining, a state-of-the-art gym, pool and recreation facilities.
Singleton was home to 24,719 people in 2021 with a growing population when comparing to the 2011 Census figure of 16,135. Of the people who live in Singleton, 51.51% are male and 48.49% female. The median age was 36 and data shows 7.91% of the population are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. The majority of people in Singleton are working age (15 to 64 years), representing 79.08% of the overall population.
Of the Singleton working age population, 61.61% are employed full-time and 29.38% work part-time. The most common occupations in Singleton include machinery operators and drivers (25.20%), technicians and trades workers (23.40%), professionals (10.60), community and personal service workers (9.4%) and managers (9.20%).
A total of 36.9% of people working in Singleton are employed by the Mining sector. Other major industries of employment include Construction (6.80%), Administration and Support Services (6.60%), Public Administration and Safety (6.30%), and Retail Trade (6.00%).
The community has access to eight public schools and two private schools covering primary and secondary education. Higher education options include a Singleton TAFE Connected Learning Centre, University of Newcastle research and education facility at the Hunter Region Innovation Precinct in Muswellbrook (45 minutes drive) and the University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus which is less than an hour's drive.