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Recent arrivals - Household size

In the City of Knox, 35.4% of recent arrivals were found in households with 4 persons.

The size of households in general follows the life-cycle of families. Households are usually small at the stage of relationship formation (early marriage), and then increase in size with the advent of children. They later reduce in size again as these children reach adulthood and leave home.

Household size for recent arrivals may be influenced by the availability of affordable housing, and the prevalence of arrivals staying with extended family, which is common in many areas.

Household size in Australia has declined since the 1970s but between 2006 and 2011, the average household size remained stable for the nation as a whole.

A comparison with Dwelling Type and Number of Bedrooms data may indicate whether overcrowding is an issue for recently arrived populations.

Derived from the three Census questions:

'Name of each person including visitors who spent the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2011 in this dwelling', and 'Where does the person usually live?', and 'Are there any persons who usually live in this dwelling who were absent on Census Night (Tuesday, 9 August 2011)?'

People born overseas and arriving in Australia between 2006 and 9 Aug 2011, counted in private dwellings

Household size
City of Knox - Recent arrivals2011
Number of persons usually residentNumber%Greater Melbourne
1 person771.44.5
2 persons80614.222.0
3 persons1,27922.522.1
4 persons2,01435.424.8
5 persons88415.513.4
6 or more persons62811.013.1

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

Household size, 2011
Household size, 2011 6 or more persons, Greater Melbourne: 13.1% 5 persons, Greater Melbourne: 13.4% 4 persons, Greater Melbourne: 24.8% 3 persons, Greater Melbourne: 22.1% 2 persons, Greater Melbourne: 22.0% 1 person, Greater Melbourne: 4.5% 6 or more persons, City of Knox: 11.0% 5 persons, City of Knox: 15.5% 4 persons, City of Knox: 35.4% 3 persons, City of Knox: 22.5% 2 persons, City of Knox: 14.2% 1 person, City of Knox: 1.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the number of recent arrivals usually resident in a household in the City of Knox, shows that there was a lower proportion of recent arrivals in lone person households, and a higher proportion in larger households (those with 4 persons or more) compared with Greater Melbourne in 2011. Overall there was 1.4% of recent arrivals in lone person households, and 62.0% of larger households, compared with 4.5% and 51.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences between the household size for recent arrivals in the City of Knox and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of people in households with 4 persons usually resident (35.4% compared to 24.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people in households with 5 persons usually resident (15.5% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households with 2 persons usually resident (14.2% compared to 22.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people in households with 1 person usually resident (1.4% compared to 4.5%)