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Household type

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

In City of Darwin, 27% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016, compared with 30% in Greater Darwin.

City of Darwin's household and family structure is one of the most important demographic indicators. It reveals the area's residential role and function, era of settlement and provides key insights into the level of demand for services and facilities as most are related to age and household types.

To continue building the story, City of Darwin's Household Summary should be viewed in conjunction with Households with Children, Households without Children, 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

Household type
City of Darwin - Total households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households by typeNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children8,20327.530.07,36526.529.0+838
map this data in atlas.idCouples without children7,12923.923.56,44923.222.7+680
map this data in atlas.idOne parent families2,4588.28.82,5699.29.6-111
Other families
3331.11.03221.21.0+11
map this data in atlas.idGroup household1,8506.25.21,9086.95.7-58
map this data in atlas.idLone person5,93919.918.05,61720.218.4+322
Other not classifiable household
2,5278.58.42,3118.38.5+216
Visitor only households
1,4384.85.11,2684.65.0+170

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Household type, 2016
Household type, 2016 Lone person, Greater Darwin: 18.0% Group household, Greater Darwin: 5.2% Other families, Greater Darwin: 1.0% One parent families, Greater Darwin: 8.8% Couples without children, Greater Darwin: 23.5% Couples with children, Greater Darwin: 30.0% Lone person, City of Darwin: 19.9% Group household, City of Darwin: 6.2% Other families, City of Darwin: 1.1% One parent families, City of Darwin: 8.2% Couples without children, City of Darwin: 23.9% Couples with children, City of Darwin: 27.5%
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 household type, 2011 to 2016
Change in household type, 2011 to 2016 Lone person, City of Darwin: +322 Group household, City of Darwin: -58 Other families, City of Darwin: +11 One parent families, City of Darwin: -111 Couples without children, City of Darwin: +680 Couples with children, City of Darwin: +838
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 household/family types in City of Darwin in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a lower proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a lower proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 27.5% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 8.2% were one-parent families, compared with 30.0% and 8.8% respectively for Greater Darwin.

There were a higher proportion of lone person households and a similar proportion of couples without children. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 19.9% compared to 18.0% in Greater Darwin while the proportion of couples without children was 23.9% compared to 23.5% in Greater Darwin.

Emerging groups

The number of households in City of Darwin increased by 2,068 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in family/household types in City of Darwin between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Couples with children (+838 households)
  • Couples without children (+680 households)
  • Lone person (+322 households)
  • One parent families (-111 households)

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