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Household income quartiles

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In the Macarthur Region, the 'medium highest' quartile was the largest group in 2016, comprising 30% of households with income.

Households form the common 'economic unit' in our society. 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 Macarthur Region's socio-economic status and economic opportunities. Household income levels are not comparable over time because of the influences of economic change such as wage level fluctuations and inflation. The income quartile method is a powerful and objective way of looking at income data and in particular, how it is changing.

A detailed explanation of how Household Income quartiles are calculated and interpreted is available in specific data notes.

Derived from the Census question:

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

Households

Household income quartiles
Macarthur Region - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Quartile groupNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Lowest group15,96419.821.014,32620.221.0+1,638
Medium lowest19,85724.622.317,42824.622.5+2,429
Medium highest24,13029.926.121,42430.225.8+2,706
Highest group20,61625.630.617,78325.130.6+2,833

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

Household income - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for New South Wales Weekly income by Census year
Household income ranges
2016
2011
2006
2001
1996
1991
Lowest group $0 to $750 $0 to $614 $0 to $530 $0 to $418 $0 to $337 $0 to $302
Medium lowest $751 to $1,481 $615 to $1,233 $531 to $1,034 $419 to $828 $338 to $652 $303 to $582
Medium highest $1,482 to $2,554 $1,234 to $2,272 $1,035 to $1,788 $829 to $1,462 $653 to $1,146 $583 to $975
Highest group $2,555 and over $2,273 and over $1,789 and over $1,463 and over $1,147 and over $976 and over

Household income quartiles, 2016
Household income quartiles, 2016 Highest group, Greater Sydney: 30.6% Medium highest, Greater Sydney: 26.1% Medium lowest, Greater Sydney: 22.3% Lowest group, Greater Sydney: 21.0% Highest group, Macarthur Region: 25.6% Medium highest, Macarthur Region: 29.9% Medium lowest, Macarthur Region: 24.6% Lowest group, Macarthur Region: 19.8%
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 income quartile, 2011 to 2016
Change in household income quartile, 2011 to 2016 Highest group, Macarthur Region: +2,833 Medium highest, Macarthur Region: +2,706 Medium lowest, Macarthur Region: +2,429 Lowest group, Macarthur Region: +1,638
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

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of households by income quartile in Macarthur Region compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was lesser proportion of households in the highest income quartile as well as a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in Macarthur Region between 2011 and 2016 was in the highest quartile which showed an increase of 2,833 households.

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