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Central Coast Council area

Households with children

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

There are 18,476 couples with young children in the Central Coast Council area in 2016, comprising 15% 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 the Central Coast Council area, 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, the Central Coast Council area'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
Central Coast Council area - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households with childrenNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children35,95828.335.334,66228.534.8+1,296
map this data in atlas.idCouples with young children18,47614.518.818,00614.818.3+470
Couples with mixed-age children
5,3184.24.75,4514.54.9-133
Couples with older children
12,1649.611.811,2059.211.6+959
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with children16,12012.710.416,00513.110.8+115
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with young children5,8064.63.36,3295.23.7-523
Single parents with mixed-age children
2,0291.61.22,1621.81.3-133
Single parents with older children
8,2856.56.07,5146.25.8+771
Total households with children
52,07841.045.850,66741.645.6+1,411

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, Greater Sydney: 6.0% Single parents with mixed-age children, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Single parents with young children, Greater Sydney: 3.3% Couples with older children, Greater Sydney: 11.8% Couples with mixed-age children, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Couples with young children, Greater Sydney: 18.8% Single parents with older children, Central Coast Council area: 6.5% Single parents with mixed-age children, Central Coast Council area: 1.6% Single parents with young children, Central Coast Council area: 4.6% Couples with older children, Central Coast Council area: 9.6% Couples with mixed-age children, Central Coast Council area: 4.2% Couples with young children, Central Coast Council area: 14.5%
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, Central Coast Council area: +771 Single parents with mixed-age children, Central Coast Council area: -133 Single parents with young children, Central Coast Council area: -523 Couples with older children, Central Coast Council area: +959 Couples with mixed-age children, Central Coast Council area: -133 Couples with young children, Central Coast Council area: +470
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 the Central Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a smaller proportion of couples with young children, as well as a smaller proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 14.5% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 9.6% were couples with older children, compared with 18.8% and 11.8% respectively for Greater Sydney.

There were a larger proportion of single parent households with young children and a larger proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 4.6% compared to 3.3% in Greater Sydney while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 6.5% compared to 6.0% in Greater Sydney.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households with children increased by 1,411 households or 2.8%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Couples with older children (+959 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+771 households)
  • Single parents with young children (-523 households)
  • Couples with young children (+470 households)
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