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In Sunshine West, 34% of households were made up of couples with children in 2011, compared with 38% in City of Brimbank.

Sunshine West'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, Sunshine West'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
Sunshine West20112006Change
Households by typeNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children1,93233.838.41,92635.540.9+6
map this data in atlas.idCouples without children1,28522.520.61,24222.919.6+43
map this data in atlas.idOne parent families95716.814.696617.814.9-9
Other families
1122.01.8891.61.5+23
map this data in atlas.idGroup household2063.62.91172.22.3+89
map this data in atlas.idLone person98917.317.187116.116.6+118
Other not classifiable household
2113.74.01813.33.8+30
Visitor only households
180.30.6270.50.5-9

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Household type, 2011
Household type, 2011 Lone person, City of Brimbank: 17.1% Group household, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Other families, City of Brimbank: 1.8% One parent families, City of Brimbank: 14.6% Couples without children, City of Brimbank: 20.6% Couples with children, City of Brimbank: 38.4% Lone person, Sunshine West: 17.3% Group household, Sunshine West: 3.6% Other families, Sunshine West: 2.0% One parent families, Sunshine West: 16.8% Couples without children, Sunshine West: 22.5% Couples with children, Sunshine West: 33.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in household type, 2006 to 2011
Change in household type, 2006 to 2011 Lone person, Sunshine West: +118 Group household, Sunshine West: +89 Other families, Sunshine West: +23 One parent families, Sunshine West: -9 Couples without children, Sunshine West: +43 Couples with children, Sunshine West: +6
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the household/family types in Sunshine West in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a lower proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a higher proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 33.8% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 16.8% were one-parent families, compared with 38.4% and 14.6% respectively for City of Brimbank.

There were a similar proportion of lone person households and a higher proportion of couples without children. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 17.3% compared to 17.1% in City of Brimbank while the proportion of couples without children was 22.5% compared to 20.6% in City of Brimbank.

Emerging groups

The number of households in Sunshine West increased by 291 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in family/household types in Sunshine West between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Lone person (+118 households)
  • Group household (+89 households)