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Central Coast Council area

Households with children

There are 18,006 couples with young children in the Central Coast Council area in 2011, 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)20112006Change
Households with childrenNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children34,66228.534.833,38828.834.1+1,274
map this data in atlas.idCouples with young children18,00614.818.317,92115.417.7+85
Couples with mixed-age children
5,4514.54.95,4494.75.1+2
Couples with older children
11,2059.211.610,0188.611.3+1,187
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with children16,00513.110.814,47512.510.6+1,530
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with young children6,3295.23.76,4305.54.0-101
Single parents with mixed-age children
2,1621.81.32,0061.71.3+156
Single parents with older children
7,5146.25.86,0395.25.3+1,475
Total households with children
50,66741.645.647,86341.344.7+2,804

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

Households with children, 2011
Households with children, 2011 Single parents with older children, Greater Sydney: 5.8% Single parents with mixed-age children, Greater Sydney: 1.3% Single parents with young children, Greater Sydney: 3.7% Couples with older children, Greater Sydney: 11.6% Couples with mixed-age children, Greater Sydney: 4.9% Couples with young children, Greater Sydney: 18.3% Single parents with older children, Central Coast Council area: 6.2% Single parents with mixed-age children, Central Coast Council area: 1.8% Single parents with young children, Central Coast Council area: 5.2% Couples with older children, Central Coast Council area: 9.2% Couples with mixed-age children, Central Coast Council area: 4.5% Couples with young children, Central Coast Council area: 14.8%
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 households with children, 2006 to 2011
Change in households with children, 2006 to 2011 Single parents with older children, Central Coast Council area: +1,475 Single parents with mixed-age children, Central Coast Council area: +156 Single parents with young children, Central Coast Council area: -101 Couples with older children, Central Coast Council area: +1,187 Couples with mixed-age children, Central Coast Council area: +2 Couples with young children, Central Coast Council area: +85
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 families with children in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 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, 14.8% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 9.2% were couples with older children, compared with 18.3% and 11.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

There were a larger proportion of single parent households with young children and a similar proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 5.2% compared to 3.7% in Greater Sydney while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 6.2% compared to 5.8% in Greater Sydney.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of households with children increased by 2,804 households or 5.9%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Single parents with older children (+1,475 households)
  • Couples with older children (+1,187 households)
  • Single parents with mixed-age children (+156 households)
  • Single parents with young children (-101 households)
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