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Central Coast Council area

Low income households - Education institution attending

14.6% of people in low income households in the Central Coast Council area attended an educational institution.

The share of the Central Coast Council area's population attending educational institutions reflects the age structure of the population, as it is influences the number of children attending school; proximity to tertiary education, which can mean young adults leaving home to be nearer to educational facilities and; the degree to which people are seeking out educational opportunities in adulthood, especially in their late teens and early twenties.

Viewing this topic for low income households provides an insight into the distribution of education institutions attended for those counted in low income households. In some cases, there may be less opportunity to attend education for those on low incomes. On the other hand, if low household incomes are associated with a high number of university students, the area may have a high level of educational participation. Low income elderly households, on the other hand are very likely not to be attending education.

This data is often combined with Age Structure to identify the particular groups which are classified as low income in the area.

Derived from the Census question:

'What type of educational institution is the person attending?'

People in low income households, counted in private dwellings

Education institution attending
Central Coast Council area - Low income households20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Attending7,17014.619.34,86711.717.7+2,303
Pre-school6461.31.33260.81.0+320
Primary school2,7395.66.01,9474.75.7+792
Secondary school1,8943.94.51,3903.34.2+504
TAFE9101.92.76621.62.7+248
University7961.64.04041.03.4+392
Other1850.40.81380.30.7+47
Not attending39,13279.975.733,88381.176.0+5,249
Not stated2,6455.45.03,0207.26.3-375

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

Education institution attending, 2011
Education institution attending, 2011 Attending, New South Wales: 19.3% Pre-school, New South Wales: 1.3% Primary school, New South Wales: 6.0% Secondary school, New South Wales: 4.5% TAFE, New South Wales: 2.7% University, New South Wales: 4.0% Other, New South Wales: 0.8% Not attending, New South Wales: 75.7% Not stated, New South Wales: 5.0% Attending, Central Coast Council area: 14.6% Pre-school, Central Coast Council area: 1.3% Primary school, Central Coast Council area: 5.6% Secondary school, Central Coast Council area: 3.9% TAFE, Central Coast Council area: 1.9% University, Central Coast Council area: 1.6% Other, Central Coast Council area: 0.4% Not attending, Central Coast Council area: 79.9% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 5.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011 Attending, Central Coast Council area: +2,303 Pre-school, Central Coast Council area: +320 Primary school, Central Coast Council area: +792 Secondary school, Central Coast Council area: +504 TAFE, Central Coast Council area: +248 University, Central Coast Council area: +392 Other, Central Coast Council area: +47 Not attending, Central Coast Council area: +5,249 Not stated, Central Coast Council area: -375
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the share of people in low income households attending educational institutions in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a similar proportion of people in low income households attending primary school, a lower proportion attending secondary school, and a lower proportion engaged in tertiary level education.

Overall, 5.6% of the population were attending primary school, 3.9% of people in low income households were attending secondary institutions, and 3.5% were learning at a tertiary level, compared with 6.0%, 4.5% and 6.7% respectively for New South Wales.

The major differences between the share of people in low income households attending learning institutions in the Central Coast Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of people not attending any educational institutions (79.9% compared to 75.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people attending University (1.6% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Central Coast Council area's population in low income households increased by 7,177 people (+17.2%). This represents an average annual change of 3.22% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the number of people in low income households attending education institutions in the Central Coast Council area, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Not attending (+5,249 persons)
  • Primary school (+792 persons)
  • Secondary school (+504 persons)
  • University (+392 persons)

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