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Greater Melbourne

Households with children

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

There are 302,674 couples with young children in Greater Melbourne in 2016, comprising 18% of households.

Households with Children require different services and facilities than other household types, and their needs change as both adults and children age. When many families in an area are at the same stage in their individual lifecycles, it creates a suburb lifecycle. Knowing where a suburb is in a cycle of change helps planners make evidence-based decisions about the demand for services both now and in the future.

For Households with Children in Greater Melbourne, life stage is based on the age of children in the household. The age of the parent(s) is not taken into account.

  • Young children: Children aged under 15 only
  • Mixed age children: One or more children under 15 and one or more children over 15 (must have 2 or more children)
  • Older children: Children aged 15 and over only

To continue building the story, Greater Melbourne's Household data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Size, Age Structure and Dwelling Type.

Derived from the Census question:

‘What is the person’s relationship (to each other person in the household)?’

Households

Households with children by life stage
Greater Melbourne - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households with childrenNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2011 to 2016
Couples with children557,25233.531.4501,67633.631.8+55,576
Couples with young children302,67418.217.0264,08117.716.8+38,593
Couples with mixed-age children71,7474.34.268,8804.64.5+2,867
Couples with older children182,83111.010.2168,71511.310.4+14,116
Single parents with children167,59710.110.1155,81610.410.5+11,781
Single parents with young children52,8283.23.452,0343.53.8+794
Single parents with mixed-age children18,7801.11.218,2671.21.3+513
Single parents with older children95,9895.85.585,5155.75.4+10,474
Total households with children724,84943.541.5657,49244.042.3+67,357

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Households with children, 2016
Households with children, 2016 Single parents with older children, Victoria: 5.5% Single parents with mixed-age children, Victoria: 1.2% Single parents with young children, Victoria: 3.4% Couples with older children, Victoria: 10.2% Couples with mixed-age children, Victoria: 4.2% Couples with young children, Victoria: 17.0% Single parents with older children, Greater Melbourne: 5.8% Single parents with mixed-age children, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Single parents with young children, Greater Melbourne: 3.2% Couples with older children, Greater Melbourne: 11.0% Couples with mixed-age children, Greater Melbourne: 4.3% Couples with young children, Greater Melbourne: 18.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in households with children, 2011 to 2016
Change in households with children, 2011 to 2016 Single parents with older children, Greater Melbourne: +10,474 Single parents with mixed-age children, Greater Melbourne: +513 Single parents with young children, Greater Melbourne: +794 Couples with older children, Greater Melbourne: +14,116 Couples with mixed-age children, Greater Melbourne: +2,867 Couples with young children, Greater Melbourne: +38,593
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the families with children in Greater Melbourne in 2016 compared to Victoria shows that there was a larger proportion of couples with young children, as well as a larger proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 18.2% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 11.0% were couples with older children, compared with 17.0% and 10.2% respectively for Victoria.

There were a similar proportion of single parent households with young children and a similar proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 3.2% compared to 3.4% in Victoria while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 5.8% compared to 5.5% in Victoria.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households with children increased by 67,357 households or 10.2%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Couples with young children (+38,593 households)
  • Couples with older children (+14,116 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+10,474 households)
  • Couples with mixed-age children (+2,867 households)
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