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Greater Melbourne

Households without children

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

In Greater Melbourne, older couples without children account for 8% 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 Greater Melbourne, 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, 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 without children by life stage
Greater Melbourne - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households without childrenNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2011 to 2016
Couples without children381,68322.924.0351,32123.524.6+30,362
Young couples without children143,5058.67.6126,8438.57.6+16,662
Middle-aged couples without children100,4616.07.1104,3317.08.3-3,870
Older couples without children137,7178.39.3120,1478.08.8+17,570
Lone person households366,00422.023.3333,28322.323.5+32,721
Young lone persons117,5517.16.6109,3817.37.0+8,170
Middle-aged lone persons113,0556.87.5104,3977.07.6+8,658
Older lone persons135,3988.19.2119,5058.08.9+15,893
Group households78,9134.74.366,9954.54.1+11,918
Total households without children826,60049.751.5751,59950.352.2+75,001

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, Victoria: 4.3% Older lone persons, Victoria: 9.2% Middle-aged lone persons, Victoria: 7.5% Young lone persons, Victoria: 6.6% Older couples without children, Victoria: 9.3% Middle-aged couples without children, Victoria: 7.1% Young couples without children, Victoria: 7.6% Group households, Greater Melbourne: 4.7% Older lone persons, Greater Melbourne: 8.1% Middle-aged lone persons, Greater Melbourne: 6.8% Young lone persons, Greater Melbourne: 7.1% Older couples without children, Greater Melbourne: 8.3% Middle-aged couples without children, Greater Melbourne: 6.0% Young couples without children, Greater Melbourne: 8.6%
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, Greater Melbourne: +11,918 Older lone persons, Greater Melbourne: +15,893 Middle-aged lone persons, Greater Melbourne: +8,658 Young lone persons, Greater Melbourne: +8,170 Older couples without children, Greater Melbourne: +17,570 Middle-aged couples without children, Greater Melbourne: -3,870 Young couples without children, Greater Melbourne: +16,662
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 Greater Melbourne in 2016 compared to Victoria shows that there was a larger proportion of young couples without children, a smaller proportion of middle-aged couples without children, and a smaller proportion of older couples without children.

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

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households without children increased by 75,001.

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

  • Older couples without children (+17,570 persons)
  • Young couples without children (+16,662 persons)
  • Older lone persons (+15,893 persons)
  • Group households (+11,918 persons)
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