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Macarthur Region

Household type

In the Macarthur Region, 41% of households were made up of couples with children in 2011, compared with 35% in Greater Sydney.

The Macarthur Region'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, the Macarthur Region'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
Macarthur Region - Total households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Households by typeNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Couples with children33,21540.634.832,58942.134.1+626
Couples without children17,87521.822.616,01320.722.0+1,862
One parent families11,82914.410.811,36614.710.6+463
Other families8811.11.47401.01.4+141
Group household1,6172.04.11,3801.83.9+237
Lone person13,69216.721.512,27615.921.6+1,416
Other not classifiable household2,4193.04.12,7983.65.6-379
Visitor only households3350.40.92830.40.8+52

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Household type, 2011
Household type, 2011 Lone person, Greater Sydney: 21.5% Group household, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Other families, Greater Sydney: 1.4% One parent families, Greater Sydney: 10.8% Couples without children, Greater Sydney: 22.6% Couples with children, Greater Sydney: 34.8% Lone person, Macarthur Region: 16.7% Group household, Macarthur Region: 2.0% Other families, Macarthur Region: 1.1% One parent families, Macarthur Region: 14.4% Couples without children, Macarthur Region: 21.8% Couples with children, Macarthur Region: 40.6%
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 household type, 2006 to 2011
Change in household type, 2006 to 2011 Lone person, Macarthur Region: +1,416 Group household, Macarthur Region: +237 Other families, Macarthur Region: +141 One parent families, Macarthur Region: +463 Couples without children, Macarthur Region: +1,862 Couples with children, Macarthur Region: +626
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 household/family types in the Macarthur Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of couple families with child(ren) as well as a higher proportion of one-parent families. Overall, 40.6% of total families were couple families with child(ren), and 14.4% were one-parent families, compared with 34.8% and 10.8% respectively for Greater Sydney.

There were a lower proportion of lone person households and a lower proportion of couples without children. Overall, the proportion of lone person households was 16.7% compared to 21.5% in Greater Sydney while the proportion of couples without children was 21.8% compared to 22.6% in Greater Sydney.

Emerging groups

The number of households in Macarthur Region increased by 4,418 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in family/household types in the Macarthur Region between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couples without children (+1,862 households)
  • Lone person (+1,416 households)
  • Couples with children (+626 households)
  • One parent families (+463 households)

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