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Households without children

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In Australia, older couples without children account for 10% of total households in 2016.

Households without Children include couples without children and lone person households. They require different services depending on the age of the people in the households. For example young couples who have not had children (yet) compared to older "empty nester" couples whose children may have left home.

For Households without Children in Australia, life stage is based on the age of the household reference person (usually person 1 on the Census form):

  • Young: Aged 15-44
  • Middle-aged: Aged 45-64
  • Older: Aged 65 and over

To continue building the story, Australia'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 without children by life stage
Australia - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households without childrenNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2011 to 2016
Couples without children2,198,55124.823.62,072,76725.324.0+125,784
Young couples without children634,3237.28.3589,5567.28.2+44,767
Middle-aged couples without children712,4258.06.8755,6829.27.8-43,257
Older couples without children851,8039.68.5727,5298.98.0+124,274
Lone person households2,023,54422.821.71,888,54923.122.3+134,995
Young lone persons524,8355.96.3528,0776.56.9-3,242
Middle-aged lone persons676,6867.67.0641,2307.87.3+35,456
Older lone persons822,0239.38.4719,2428.88.2+102,781
Group households354,9254.04.5320,9903.94.3+33,935
Total households without children4,577,02051.649.84,282,30652.350.6+294,714

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

Households without children, 2016
Households without children, 2016 Group households, Greater Capital Cities: 4.5% Older lone persons, Greater Capital Cities: 8.4% Middle-aged lone persons, Greater Capital Cities: 7.0% Young lone persons, Greater Capital Cities: 6.3% Older couples without children, Greater Capital Cities: 8.5% Middle-aged couples without children, Greater Capital Cities: 6.8% Young couples without children, Greater Capital Cities: 8.3% Group households, Australia: 4.0% Older lone persons, Australia: 9.3% Middle-aged lone persons, Australia: 7.6% Young lone persons, Australia: 5.9% Older couples without children, Australia: 9.6% Middle-aged couples without children, Australia: 8.0% Young couples without children, Australia: 7.2%
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 without children, 2011 to 2016
Change in households without children, 2011 to 2016 Group households, Australia: +33,935 Older lone persons, Australia: +102,781 Middle-aged lone persons, Australia: +35,456 Young lone persons, Australia: -3,242 Older couples without children, Australia: +124,274 Middle-aged couples without children, Australia: -43,257 Young couples without children, Australia: +44,767
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 households without children in Australia in 2016 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a smaller proportion of young couples without children, a larger proportion of middle-aged couples without children, and a larger proportion of older couples without children.

In addition, there were a similar proportion of young lone person households, a larger proportion of middle-aged lone person households, and a larger proportion of older lone person households.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households without children increased by 294,714.

The largest changes in households without children in Australia, between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Older couples without children (+124,274 persons)
  • Older lone persons (+102,781 persons)
  • Young couples without children (+44,767 persons)
  • Middle-aged couples without children (-43,257 persons)
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