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Central Coast Council area

Low income households - Introduction

There were 48,419 people in low income households living in the Central Coast Council area.

Those on low incomes may have quite different characteristics and living arrangments from the total population, and many local government, state government and federal government services are targeted at those with limited financial means, so it is an important group to understand.

Low income households for the purposes of the communities of interest profiles is defined as households falling into approximately the bottom 25% of incomes across Australia. For 2011, this includes households with incomes below $600 per week, while in 2006 it includes households with incomes below $500 per week. Direct comparisons are made between these differing cutoffs.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the total of all wages/salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and other income the person usually receives?'

Low income households

Key statistics
Central Coast Council area - Low income households20112006Change
Number%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years6,12412.614.86,12410.313.5+1,863
15 - 24 years2,8195.89.12,8195.18.9+709
25 - 64 years17,12435.439.217,12435.839.6+2,317
65 years or more22,55246.637.822,55249.238.8+2,225
Total population48,419100.0100.048,419100.0100.0+7,070
Education institute attending--------------
Pre-school6461.31.36460.81.0+320
Primary school2,7395.66.02,7394.75.7+792
Secondary school1,8943.94.51,8943.34.2+504
Tertiary (University and TAFE)1,7063.56.71,7062.66.1+640
Other1850.40.81850.30.7+47
Not attending39,13279.975.739,13281.176.0+5,249
Highest qualification achieved--------------
University4,39310.314.24,3937.210.7+1,679
Other post-school8,12119.015.68,12116.213.5+2,041
No qualification24,63157.759.324,63160.662.7+1,928
Work--------------
Unemployment rate2,42026.424.42,42036.431.3+16
Participation rate9,15721.525.89,15717.622.5+2,551
Occupations Top 3--------------
Labourers1,15817.517.01,15819.618.5+357
Community and Personal Service Workers1,07216.214.21,07214.012.3+499
Sales Workers95214.412.595216.912.7+261
Average household size--------------
Average household size1.56--1.701.56--1.710.00
Household type--------------
Couple with children9193.05.99193.36.3+41
Couple without children6,57521.421.46,57524.423.8+128
One parent family3,89712.712.63,89711.011.8+995
Group household2800.91.72801.42.1-95
Lone person household18,81861.457.518,81859.254.9+3,174
Housing tenure--------------
Fully owned16,19752.246.716,19756.148.9+1,296
Mortgage2,8309.19.92,8307.58.3+840
Renting9,95432.137.59,95429.336.7+2,180
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house20,66066.662.220,66068.363.5+2,501
Medium density8,56227.623.68,56226.422.9+1,542
High density8332.711.68331.610.7+416

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

Topics available for low income households

Data notes

Please note that topics counting persons (such as age structure, birthplace and qualifications) are actually counting ALL persons in low income households. Therefore an individual low income household will be counted more than once if it contains more than one person (as all household types except lone person households do).

Households where one or more people in the household did not state their income are excluded from the household income classification, and are not defined as low income, even if the sum of the incomes which were stated would otherwise put the household in that category.

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