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Western Australia

Household type

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In Western Australia, 31% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016, compared with 30% in Australia.

Western Australia'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, Western Australia'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
Western Australia - Total households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households by typeNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Couples with children289,58330.930.3261,00530.730.7+28,578
Couples without children239,71125.624.8220,16125.925.3+19,550
One parent families89,7189.610.482,1369.610.6+7,582
Other families10,8711.21.210,4891.21.2+382
Group household32,6923.54.031,7073.73.9+985
Lone person204,20521.822.8188,68322.223.1+15,522
Other not classifiable household48,7595.24.834,3764.03.4+14,383
Visitor only households22,5582.41.722,8642.71.7-306

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, Australia: 22.8% Group household, Australia: 4.0% Other families, Australia: 1.2% One parent families, Australia: 10.4% Couples without children, Australia: 24.8% Couples with children, Australia: 30.3% Lone person, Western Australia: 21.8% Group household, Western Australia: 3.5% Other families, Western Australia: 1.2% One parent families, Western Australia: 9.6% Couples without children, Western Australia: 25.6% Couples with children, Western Australia: 30.9%
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, Western Australia: +15,522 Group household, Western Australia: +985 Other families, Western Australia: +382 One parent families, Western Australia: +7,582 Couples without children, Western Australia: +19,550 Couples with children, Western Australia: +28,578
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 Western Australia in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a higher proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a lower proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 30.9% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 9.6% were one-parent families, compared with 30.3% and 10.4% respectively for Australia.

There were a lower proportion of lone person households and a higher proportion of couples without children. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 21.8% compared to 22.8% in Australia while the proportion of couples without children was 25.6% compared to 24.8% in Australia.

Emerging groups

The number of households in Western Australia increased by 86,676 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in family/household types in Western Australia between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Couples with children (+28,578 households)
  • Couples without children (+19,550 households)
  • Lone person (+15,522 households)
  • One parent families (+7,582 households)

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