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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Household size

16% of Cairns's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households contain only one person, compared with 12% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in Queensland - ATSI.

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. Indigenous persons often have a tradition of living with extended family members which significantly affects household size, and households can include multiple families.

Please note that this table counts indigenous households (households containing at least one indigenous person) by the number of persons resident. The number of persons resident can include both indigenous and non-indigenous persons.

For greater insight, Indigenous household size data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Type, Age Structure and Household Income .

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
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households - Cairns20112006Change
Number of persons usually residentNumber%Queensland - ATSI %Number%Queensland - ATSI %2006 to 2011
1 person79715.612.249413.711.9+303
2 person1,34926.525.587224.324.9+477
3 person91618.019.768919.219.5+227
4 person84716.618.157916.118.1+268
5 person56811.111.644312.312.1+125
6 or more persons62012.213.051714.413.5+103

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

Household size, 2011
Household size, 2011 6 or more persons, Queensland - ATSI: 13.0% 5 person, Queensland - ATSI: 11.6% 4 person, Queensland - ATSI: 18.1% 3 person, Queensland - ATSI: 19.7% 2 person, Queensland - ATSI: 25.5% 1 person, Queensland - ATSI: 12.2% 6 or more persons, Cairns - ATSI: 12.2% 5 person, Cairns - ATSI: 11.1% 4 person, Cairns - ATSI: 16.6% 3 person, Cairns - ATSI: 18.0% 2 person, Cairns - ATSI: 26.5% 1 person, Cairns - ATSI: 15.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011
Change in household size, 2006 to 2011 6 or more persons, Smithfield: +103 5 person, Smithfield: +125 4 person, Smithfield: +268 3 person, Smithfield: +227 2 person, Smithfield: +477 1 person, Smithfield: +303
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons usually resident in a household in Cairns compared with the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in Queensland - ATSI shows that there were a higher proportion of lone person households, and a lower proportion of larger households (those with 4 persons or more). Overall there were 15.6% of lone person households, and 39.9% of larger households, compared with 12.2% and 42.6% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in Queensland - ATSI.

The major differences between household size for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households of Smithfield and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households of Queensland - ATSI were:

  • A larger percentage of households with 1 person usually resident (15.6% compared to 12.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of households with 3 person usually resident (18.0% compared to 19.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of households with 4 person usually resident (16.6% compared to 18.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households in Cairns increased by 1,503 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the number of persons usually resident in a household in Smithfield between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 2 person households (+477 households)
  • 1 person households (+303 households)
  • 4 person households (+268 households)
  • 3 person households (+227 households)

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