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Greater Melbourne

Household type

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In Greater Melbourne, 33% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016, compared with 31% in Victoria.

Greater Melbourne's household and family structure is one of the most important demographic indicators. It reveals the area's residential role and function, era of settlement and provides key insights into the level of demand for services and facilities as most are related to age and household types.

To continue building the story, Greater Melbourne's Household Summary should be viewed in conjunction with Households with Children, Households without Children, 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

Household type
Greater Melbourne - Total households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households by typeNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2011 to 2016
Couples with children557,25233.531.4501,67633.631.8+55,576
Couples without children381,68322.924.0351,32123.524.6+30,362
One parent families167,59710.110.1155,81610.410.5+11,781
Other families23,0331.41.221,5531.41.3+1,480
Group household78,9134.74.366,9954.54.1+11,918
Lone person366,00422.023.3333,28322.323.5+32,721
Other not classifiable household74,6684.54.750,5153.43.2+24,153
Visitor only households15,4040.91.113,4740.91.1+1,930

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

Household type, 2016
Household type, 2016 Lone person, Victoria: 23.3% Group household, Victoria: 4.3% Other families, Victoria: 1.2% One parent families, Victoria: 10.1% Couples without children, Victoria: 24.0% Couples with children, Victoria: 31.4% Lone person, Greater Melbourne: 22.0% Group household, Greater Melbourne: 4.7% Other families, Greater Melbourne: 1.4% One parent families, Greater Melbourne: 10.1% Couples without children, Greater Melbourne: 22.9% Couples with children, Greater Melbourne: 33.5%
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 household type, 2011 to 2016
Change in household type, 2011 to 2016 Lone person, Greater Melbourne: +32,721 Group household, Greater Melbourne: +11,918 Other families, Greater Melbourne: +1,480 One parent families, Greater Melbourne: +11,781 Couples without children, Greater Melbourne: +30,362 Couples with children, Greater Melbourne: +55,576
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 household/family types in Greater Melbourne in 2016 compared to Victoria shows that there was a higher proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a similar proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 33.5% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 10.1% were one-parent families, compared with 31.4% and 10.1% respectively for Victoria.

There were a lower proportion of lone person households and a lower proportion of couples without children. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 22.0% compared to 23.3% in Victoria while the proportion of couples without children was 22.9% compared to 24.0% in Victoria.

Emerging groups

The number of households in Greater Melbourne increased by 169,921 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in family/household types in Greater Melbourne between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Couples with children (+55,576 households)
  • Lone person (+32,721 households)
  • Couples without children (+30,362 households)
  • Group household (+11,918 households)

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