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Households with children

There are 1,018 couples with young children in Melton West in 2011, comprising 21% 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 Melton West, 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, Melton West'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
Melton West20112006Change
Households with childrenNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children1,87538.443.41,47743.544.3+398
map this data in atlas.idCouples with young children1,01820.825.473821.724.6+279
Couples with mixed-age children
2805.76.32587.66.9+22
Couples with older children
57811.811.748014.112.7+97
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with children73014.913.052015.312.8+210
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with young children3427.05.72366.96.1+106
Single parents with mixed-age children
1132.32.0832.41.9+30
Single parents with older children
2755.65.22015.94.7+74
Total households with children
2,60553.456.31,99758.857.0+608

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, 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% Single parents with older children, Melton West: 5.6% Single parents with mixed-age children, Melton West: 2.3% Single parents with young children, Melton West: 7.0% Couples with older children, Melton West: 11.8% Couples with mixed-age children, Melton West: 5.7% Couples with young children, Melton West: 20.8%
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, Melton West: +74 Single parents with mixed-age children, Melton West: +30 Single parents with young children, Melton West: +106 Couples with older children, Melton West: +97 Couples with mixed-age children, Melton West: +22 Couples with young children, Melton West: +279
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 Melton West in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a smaller proportion of couples with young children, and a similar proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 20.8% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 11.8% were couples with older children, compared with 25.4% and 11.7% respectively for the City of Melton.

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 7.0% compared to 5.7% in the City of Melton while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 5.6% compared to 5.2% in the City of Melton.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of households with children increased by 608 households or 30.4%.

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

  • Couples with young children (+279 households)
  • Single parents with young children (+106 households)
  • Couples with older children (+97 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+74 households)