In Rural Balance, 17% of households earned an income of $2,500 or more per week in 2011.
Households form the common 'economic unit' in our society. Rural Balance'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 Rural Balance. 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|
|Rural Balance - Total households (Enumerated)||2011|
|Weekly income||Number||%||City of Melton %|
|Negative Income/Nil Income||29||2.3||1.2||28001|
|$5000 or more||18||1.5||0.6||28017|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
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Analysis of household income levels in Rural Balance in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a larger proportion of high income households (those earning $2,500 per week or more) and a higher proportion of low income households (those earning less than $600 per week).
Overall, 16.7% of the households earned a high income and 17.6% were low income households, compared with 14.5% and 15.3% respectively for the City of Melton.
The major differences between the household incomes of Rural Balance and the City of Melton were:
- A larger percentage of households who earned $3000-$3499 (5.4% compared to 3.9%)
- A smaller percentage of households who earned $1500-$1999 (10.5% compared to 14.2%)
- A smaller percentage of households who earned $1250-$1499 (5.8% compared to 9.0%)
- A smaller percentage of households who earned $2000-$2499 (9.2% compared to 11.3%)