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Western Australia

Households without children

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In Western Australia, older couples without children account for 9% 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 Western 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, Western 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
Western Australia - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households without childrenNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Couples without children239,71125.624.8220,16125.925.3+19,550
Young couples without children73,5407.87.266,3977.87.2+7,143
Middle-aged couples without children80,7128.68.083,1499.89.2-2,437
Older couples without children85,4599.19.670,6158.38.9+14,844
Lone person households204,20521.822.8188,68322.223.1+15,522
Young lone persons57,3566.15.957,3486.76.5+8
Middle-aged lone persons68,7937.37.664,8717.67.8+3,922
Older lone persons78,0568.39.366,4647.88.8+11,592
Group households32,6923.54.031,7073.73.9+985
Total households without children476,60850.851.6440,55151.752.3+36,057

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, 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% Group households, Western Australia: 3.5% Older lone persons, Western Australia: 8.3% Middle-aged lone persons, Western Australia: 7.3% Young lone persons, Western Australia: 6.1% Older couples without children, Western Australia: 9.1% Middle-aged couples without children, Western Australia: 8.6% Young couples without children, Western Australia: 7.8%
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, Western Australia: +985 Older lone persons, Western Australia: +11,592 Middle-aged lone persons, Western Australia: +3,922 Young lone persons, Western Australia: +8 Older couples without children, Western Australia: +14,844 Middle-aged couples without children, Western Australia: -2,437 Young couples without children, Western Australia: +7,143
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 Western Australia in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a larger proportion of young couples without children, a larger 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 similar 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 36,057.

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

  • Older couples without children (+14,844 persons)
  • Older lone persons (+11,592 persons)
  • Young couples without children (+7,143 persons)
  • Middle-aged lone persons (+3,922 persons)
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