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Household income


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In Williamstown, 22% of households earned an income of $2,500 or more per week in 2011.

Households form the common 'economic unit' in our society. Williamstown's Household Income is one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to reveal the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of Williamstown. It is important to note that income data is not necessarily a measure of wealth. For example, if an area has a large number of retirees this will produce a higher proportion of households with low income but the retirees may have large capital wealth. For this reason, household income should be viewed in conjunction with Age and Household Composition.

The incomes presented on this page are for the latest Census year only. For comparison of incomes over time, go to Household Income Quartiles.

Derived from the Census question:

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


Weekly household income
Williamstown - Total households (Enumerated)2011
Weekly incomeNumber%Hobsons Bay City %
Negative Income/Nil Income621.51.3
$5000 or more1664.11.7
Not stated3999.810.5

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

Weekly household income, 2011
Weekly household income, 2011 Not stated, Hobsons Bay City: 10.5% $5000 or more, Hobsons Bay City: 1.7% $4000-$4999, Hobsons Bay City: 1.9% $3500-$3999, Hobsons Bay City: 2.4% $3000-$3499, Hobsons Bay City: 5.2% $2500-$2999, Hobsons Bay City: 8.0% $2000-$2499, Hobsons Bay City: 8.3% $1500-$1999, Hobsons Bay City: 11.1% $1250-$1499, Hobsons Bay City: 7.1% $1000-$1249, Hobsons Bay City: 7.7% $800-$999, Hobsons Bay City: 7.3% $600-$799, Hobsons Bay City: 8.1% $400-$599, Hobsons Bay City: 8.5% $300-$399, Hobsons Bay City: 6.3% $200-$299, Hobsons Bay City: 2.8% $1-$199, Hobsons Bay City: 1.7% Negative Income/Nil Income, Hobsons Bay City: 1.3% Not stated, Williamstown: 9.8% $5000 or more, Williamstown: 4.1% $4000-$4999, Williamstown: 3.6% $3500-$3999, Williamstown: 4.2% $3000-$3499, Williamstown: 7.5% $2500-$2999, Williamstown: 12.1% $2000-$2499, Williamstown: 7.1% $1500-$1999, Williamstown: 10.1% $1250-$1499, Williamstown: 5.2% $1000-$1249, Williamstown: 5.8% $800-$999, Williamstown: 5.8% $600-$799, Williamstown: 6.8% $400-$599, Williamstown: 6.2% $300-$399, Williamstown: 5.9% $200-$299, Williamstown: 2.8% $1-$199, Williamstown: 1.4% Negative Income/Nil Income, Williamstown: 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of household income levels in Williamstown in 2011 compared to Hobsons Bay City shows that there was a larger proportion of high income households (those earning $2,500 per week or more) and a lower proportion of low income households (those earning less than $650 per week).

Overall, 21.7% of the households earned a high income and 24.7% were low income households, compared with 16.5% and 28.7% respectively for Hobsons Bay City.

The major differences between the household incomes of Williamstown and Hobsons Bay City were:

  • A larger percentage of households who earned $2500-$2999 (12.1% compared to 8.0%)
  • A larger percentage of households who earned $5000 or more (4.1% compared to 1.7%)
  • A larger percentage of households who earned $3000-$3499 (7.5% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of households who earned $400-$599 (6.2% compared to 8.5%)