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Gunnedah Shire

Households with children

There are 708 couples with young children in the Gunnedah Shire 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 Gunnedah Shire, 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 Gunnedah Shire'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
Gunnedah Shire - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Households with childrenNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children1,31227.626.71,24227.528.2+70
map this data in atlas.idCouples with young children70814.914.468515.215.2+23
Couples with mixed-age children
2575.44.22265.04.7+31
Couples with older children
3477.38.13317.38.3+16
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with children51710.911.347710.611.3+40
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with young children2495.25.02385.35.3+11
Single parents with mixed-age children
631.31.5681.51.5-5
Single parents with older children
2054.34.91713.84.5+34
Total households with children
1,82938.538.01,71938.139.5+110

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, Regional NSW: 4.9% Single parents with mixed-age children, Regional NSW: 1.5% Single parents with young children, Regional NSW: 5.0% Couples with older children, Regional NSW: 8.1% Couples with mixed-age children, Regional NSW: 4.2% Couples with young children, Regional NSW: 14.4% Single parents with older children, Gunnedah Shire: 4.3% Single parents with mixed-age children, Gunnedah Shire: 1.3% Single parents with young children, Gunnedah Shire: 5.2% Couples with older children, Gunnedah Shire: 7.3% Couples with mixed-age children, Gunnedah Shire: 5.4% Couples with young children, Gunnedah Shire: 14.9%
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, Gunnedah Shire: +34 Single parents with mixed-age children, Gunnedah Shire: -5 Single parents with young children, Gunnedah Shire: +11 Couples with older children, Gunnedah Shire: +16 Couples with mixed-age children, Gunnedah Shire: +31 Couples with young children, Gunnedah Shire: +23
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 Gunnedah Shire in 2011 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a larger proportion of couples with young children, and a smaller proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 14.9% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 7.3% were couples with older children, compared with 14.4% and 8.1% respectively for Regional NSW.

There were a similar proportion of single parent households with young children and a smaller proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 5.2% compared to 5.0% in Regional NSW while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 4.3% compared to 4.9% in Regional NSW.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of households with children increased by 110 households or 6.4%.

There were no major differences between 2006 and 2011 in Gunnedah Shire.

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