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Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area

Household size

In 2006, 17% of households in Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area contained only one person, compared with 25% in Brisbane LGA, with the most dominant household size being 2 persons per household.

The size of households in general follows the life-cycle of families. Households are usually small at the stage of relationship formation (early marriage), and then increase in size with the advent of children. They later reduce in size again as these children reach adulthood and leave home. Household size can also be influenced by a lack (or abundance) of affordable housing. Overseas migrants and indigenous persons often have a tradition of living with extended family members which significantly affects household size.

Household size in Australia has declined since the 1970s but between 2006 and 2011, the average household size remained stable for the nation as a whole.

An increasing household size in an area may indicate a lack of affordable housing opportunities for young people, an increase in the birth rate or an increase in family formation in the area. A declining household size may indicate children leaving the area when they leave home, an increase in retirees settling in the area, or an attraction of young singles and couples to the area.

For greater insight, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area's Household Size data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Summary, Age Structure, Dwelling Type, Household Income and Language Spoken at Home.

Derived from the three Census questions:

'Name of each person including visitors who spent the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2011 in this dwelling', and 'Where does the person usually live?', and 'Are there any persons who usually live in this dwelling who were absent on Census Night (Tuesday, 9 August 2011)?'

Family, group and lone person households

Household size
Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area20062001Change
Number of persons usually residentNumber%Brisbane LGA %Number%Brisbane LGA %2001 to 2006
1 person10217.225.15418.126.0+48
2 persons18932.034.79832.834.5+91
3 persons10618.016.34816.216.4+58
4 persons10016.915.04615.514.3+53
5 persons569.56.33010.06.1+26
6 or more persons376.32.7227.32.6+16

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Household size, 2006
Household size, 2006 6 or more persons, Brisbane LGA: 2.7% 5 persons, Brisbane LGA: 6.3% 4 persons, Brisbane LGA: 15.0% 3 persons, Brisbane LGA: 16.3% 2 persons, Brisbane LGA: 34.7% 1 person, Brisbane LGA: 25.1% 6 or more persons, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: 6.3% 5 persons, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: 9.5% 4 persons, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: 16.9% 3 persons, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: 18.0% 2 persons, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: 32.0% 1 person, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: 17.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in household size, 2001 to 2006
Change in household size, 2001 to 2006 6 or more persons, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: +16 5 persons, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: +26 4 persons, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: +53 3 persons, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: +58 2 persons, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: +91 1 person, Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area: +48
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of persons usually resident in a household in Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area compared with Brisbane LGA shows that there were a lower proportion of lone person households, and a higher proportion of larger households (those with 4 persons or more). Overall there were 17.2% of lone person households, and 32.7% of larger households, compared with 25.1% and 24.0% respectively for Brisbane LGA.

The major differences in the household size for Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area and Brisbane LGA were:

  • A larger percentage of households with 6 or more persons usually resident (6.3% compared to 2.7%)
  • A larger percentage of households with 5 persons usually resident (9.5% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of households with 1 person usually resident (17.2% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of households with 2 persons usually resident (32.0% compared to 34.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of households in Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area increased by 291 between 2001 and 2006.

The largest changes in the number of persons usually resident in a household in Lower Oxley Creek Neighbourhood Plan area between 2001 and 2006 were:

  • 2 persons (+91 households)
  • 3 persons (+58 households)
  • 4 persons (+53 households)