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Households with children

There are 9,228 couples with young children in the City of Melton in 2011, comprising 25% of households.

Households with Children require different services and facilities than other household types, and their needs change as both adults and children age. When many families in an area are at the same stage in their individual lifecycles, it creates a suburb lifecycle. Knowing where a suburb is in a cycle of change helps planners make evidence-based decisions about the demand for services both now and in the future.

For Households with Children in the City of Melton, life stage is based on the age of children in the household. The age of the parent(s) is not taken into account.

  • Young children: Children aged under 15 only
  • Mixed age children: One or more children under 15 and one or more children over 15 (must have 2 or more children)
  • Older children: Children aged 15 and over only

To continue building the story, the City of Melton's Household data should be viewed in conjunction with 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

Households with children by life stage
City of Melton20112006Change
Households with childrenNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children15,75043.433.611,57944.333.5+4,171
map this data in atlas.idCouples with young children9,22825.417.76,44524.617.2+2,783
Couples with mixed-age children
2,2696.34.61,7996.95.0+470
Couples with older children
4,25311.711.33,33512.711.4+918
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with children4,70113.010.43,33912.810.4+1,362
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with young children2,0745.73.51,6036.13.8+471
Single parents with mixed-age children
7272.01.25031.91.3+224
Single parents with older children
1,9005.25.71,2334.75.3+667
Total households with children
20,45156.344.014,91857.043.9+5,533

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

Households with children, 2011
Households with children, 2011 Single parents with older children, Greater Melbourne: 5.7% Single parents with mixed-age children, Greater Melbourne: 1.2% Single parents with young children, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Couples with older children, Greater Melbourne: 11.3% Couples with mixed-age children, Greater Melbourne: 4.6% Couples with young children, Greater Melbourne: 17.7% Single parents with older children, City of Melton: 5.2% Single parents with mixed-age children, City of Melton: 2.0% Single parents with young children, City of Melton: 5.7% Couples with older children, City of Melton: 11.7% Couples with mixed-age children, City of Melton: 6.3% Couples with young children, City of Melton: 25.4%
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 households with children, 2006 to 2011
Change in households with children, 2006 to 2011 Single parents with older children, City of Melton: +667 Single parents with mixed-age children, City of Melton: +224 Single parents with young children, City of Melton: +471 Couples with older children, City of Melton: +918 Couples with mixed-age children, City of Melton: +470 Couples with young children, City of Melton: +2,783
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 families with children in the City of Melton in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a larger proportion of couples with young children, and a similar proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 25.4% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 11.7% were couples with older children, compared with 17.7% and 11.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

There were a larger proportion of single parent households with young children and a similar proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 5.7% compared to 3.5% in Greater Melbourne while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 5.2% compared to 5.7% in Greater Melbourne.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of households with children increased by 5,533 households or 37.1%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couples with young children (+2,783 households)
  • Couples with older children (+918 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+667 households)
  • Single parents with young children (+471 households)