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Households with children

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

There are 685 couples with young children in Sunshine in 2016, comprising 20% of households.

Households with Children require different services and facilities than other household types, and their needs change as both adults and children age. When many families in an area are at the same stage in their individual lifecycles, it creates a suburb lifecycle. Knowing where a suburb is in a cycle of change helps planners make evidence-based decisions about the demand for services both now and in the future.

For Households with Children in Sunshine, life stage is based on the age of children in the household. The age of the parent(s) is not taken into account.

  • Young children: Children aged under 15 only
  • Mixed age children: One or more children under 15 and one or more children over 15 (must have 2 or more children)
  • Older children: Children aged 15 and over only

To continue building the story, Sunshine'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 with children by life stage
Sunshine - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households with childrenNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children1,08231.237.690828.538.4+174
map this data in atlas.idCouples with young children68519.717.749315.517.4+192
Couples with mixed-age children
932.75.31033.25.7-10
Couples with older children
3048.814.53129.815.3-8
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with children39811.514.639212.314.6+6
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with young children1183.44.41344.24.9-16
Single parents with mixed-age children
371.12.0180.62.1+19
Single parents with older children
2437.08.22407.57.6+3
Total households with children
1,48042.652.21,30040.953.0+180

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

Households with children, 2016
Households with children, 2016 Single parents with older children, City of Brimbank: 8.2% Single parents with mixed-age children, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Single parents with young children, City of Brimbank: 4.4% Couples with older children, City of Brimbank: 14.5% Couples with mixed-age children, City of Brimbank: 5.3% Couples with young children, City of Brimbank: 17.7% Single parents with older children, Sunshine: 7.0% Single parents with mixed-age children, Sunshine: 1.1% Single parents with young children, Sunshine: 3.4% Couples with older children, Sunshine: 8.8% Couples with mixed-age children, Sunshine: 2.7% Couples with young children, Sunshine: 19.7%
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 with children, 2011 to 2016
Change in households with children, 2011 to 2016 Single parents with older children, Sunshine: +3 Single parents with mixed-age children, Sunshine: +19 Single parents with young children, Sunshine: -16 Couples with older children, Sunshine: -8 Couples with mixed-age children, Sunshine: -10 Couples with young children, Sunshine: +192
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 families with children in Sunshine in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a larger proportion of couples with young children, and a smaller proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 19.7% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 8.8% were couples with older children, compared with 17.7% and 14.5% respectively for City of Brimbank.

There were a smaller proportion of single parent households with young children and a smaller proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 3.4% compared to 4.4% in City of Brimbank while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 7.0% compared to 8.2% in City of Brimbank.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households with children increased by 180 households or 13.8%.

The largest change in households with children in this area between 2011 and 2016 was:

  • Couples with young children (+192 households)
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